Just 15min drive south of Byron Bay on the North Coast of NSW, Lennox Head is the perfect seaside village for a laidback holiday. It’s home to world-renowned surf breaks, golden beaches tranquil lakes, cafes, restaurants and a classic waterside pub.
Surfing and beaches
Lennox Head is one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves. Experts will love the waves at Boulder Beach and beginners can take a lesson with Soul Surf School or Let's Go Surfing. Watch surfers carve up the waves from Lennox Point’s Pat Morton Lookout or catch all the action of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in July and the Lennox Longboard Classic in August.
Beach-goers will want to head straight for Seven Mile Beach, a pristine stretch of sand that runs from Lennox Head north to Broken Head. You can also drive a 4WD along the northern end. You’ll find stunning coastal scenery all around town, with headlands offering views over the beach and a freshwater tea tree lake ideal for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
Whales and dolphins
Dolphins often join surfers riding the waves. Between May and November, you can spot whales on their annual migration. Or better yet, jump onboard a whale-watching cruise with Out of the Blue Adventures to see them up close. As the coastline in this region juts further out to the east, the whales can often be seen just off shore.
Things to do in Lennox Head
Tea trees line Lake Ainsworth, offering families a safe swimming area away from the waves plus excellent facilities for picnics and barbecues. The lake can be affected by blue green algae at times. Be sure to check the website for official advice related to the blue green algae status to ensure it is safe to undertake water activities prior to planning a visit.
For an aerial view, enjoy the thrill of paragliding with Poliglide or hang-gliding with Byron Airwaves. You’ll also find delicious waterfront cafes and restaurants as well as the monthly Lennox Community Market.
Getting there and where to stay
Lennox Head is an 8hr 20min drive north of Sydney and just over two hours south of Brisbane. You can fly into the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, a 20min drive away. Accommodation options in Lennox Head include lakeside camping, holiday houses and beachside resorts, like the four-star Lennox Beach Resort.