Lennox Head Beach
Most visitors to the north coast of New South Wales tend to head straight to Byron Bay.
Yet whilst Byron has that great vibe, gorgeous beach and excellent range of shops and restaurants, it can get far too busy at times to really enjoy the area.
But what if we said to you that just a short drive down the road is somewhere equally as impressive, without crowds, where you can immerse yourself in just as great a beach experience?
Would it make you sit up and take notice?
Then allow us to introduce you to Lennox Head!
About Lennox Head
Home to world famous surf break, sensational beaches and an idyllic lake Lennox Head is the perfect New South Wales beach destination for a laidback holiday.
Lennox Head is situated at the northern end of the Ballina Shire. About a 15 minute drive north from Ballina and a 20 minute drive south of Byron Bay.
In recent times it has developed from a sleepy coastal village into an urbane town for sea changers, day trippers and holidaymakers.
Offering a great beach and a lovely village atmosphere, it has as a wide variety of accommodation providers, shops, cafes and restaurants to provide you with everything you would need.
It is no wonder then that this is the spot Byron locals retreat too when they need a break from their own bustling town.
Seven Mile Beach
The main beach around Lennox Head is Seven Mile Beach. A wide, unprotected and gently sloping stretch of pristine, fine sand that runs north from The Point at Lennox Head all the way to Broken Head.
Ironically only 5.5 miles in length it is a great beach for walking on. Especially on its dog-friendly stretch. It is also a fantastic spot to photograph the headland. Particularly at sunrise or against a fully blue sky.
Popular activities include all the usual watersports, as well as fishing and kite surfing. Very good snorkelling can be found in the ‘moat’ at the southern end of the beach.
The surf club is built on skids, so it can be towed inland should the beach ever erode.
North of it, on its unpatrolled section, you can also drive a 4WD along that part of the beach too.
Location & History
Lennox Head is located at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach, which features on our list of 75 of the best beaches in Australia.
It lies 11km from Ballina, 20km from Byron, 186km from Brisbane and around 750km from Sydney.
Named in 1882 by Captain Rous, after the Duke of Richmond and Lennox, the village was initially created for the timber and land.
Soon after it became a place for dairy and cane farming.
In the 1970s when the coastal road was sealed, the town’s population boomed, and the area began to thrive.
Today it is a popular beach holiday and day trip destination. With a resident population of around 7500.
Lennox Head is a mecca for serious surfers.
When it was declared a National Surfing Reserve back in February 2007, it became the third site in Australia to be recognised for its significance to recreational surfing.
It was, and remains, the largest in Australia too. Running for 7.2 kilometres from Flat Rock in the south to the Lennox Head/Alstonville Surf Club in the north.
Producing one of Australia’s most famous waves, its revered right hand break at Lennox Point is widely acknowledged as one of the top ten surf breaks in Australia.
Skilled surfers will dig the waves at Boulder Beach, while beginners can take a lesson with the Soul Surf School or Let’s Go Surfing.
Though it is beautiful to look the surf here is very powerful. So it’s not the place for beginners to catch their first ever wave.
As you would expect given its excellent surf conditions, Lennox Head holds a number of major surfing events.
These include the Biannual Lennox Masters Surf Classic in April, the Annual All Girls Surf Showdown in June, GROMFEST, an annual Junior Surfing Event in July and the Lennox Longboard Classic in August.
If you want to watch any of these participants ride the waves, arguably the best place to do it is from the Pat Morton Lookout.
Things To Do
There are so many things to do on the beach at Lennox Head. But away from it one of the best is take in the sensational views from the Pat Morton lookout.
Extending north to Broken Head this lookout showcases views of the town, ocean and Seven Mile Beach. Which is also why it is a very popular launching spot for hang-gliders and paragliders too.
The headland, which is also referred to as Lennox Point is a terrific spot for whale watching between May and November – the period when they undertake their annual migration. Whilst you can also spot dolphins all year round as well.
It even offers a lovely coastal walking track which stretches from the town of Lennox Head to the southern beaches. Showcasing stunning panoramic views over the locality towards Cape Byron along its undulating way.
Another popular spot is the freshwater Lake Ainsworth. A favoured recreational spot for families to picnic, swim, kayak, canoe and partake in stand-up paddle boarding.
Fed by the tea-tree swamp which resides behind the dunes, the water is tea-coloured and believed by some to have therapeutic qualities.
The lake also serves as the setting for the monthly Lennox Community Market. Which offer a wide variety of products ranging from handicrafts to tropical fruit and vegetables.
Best Time to Visit
Lennox Head is a popular tourist destination, particularly for visitors from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sydney.
The busiest period for tourism to the area is between July and September. During these months hotels, car rentals and flights are likely to be more expensive.
May tends to be the quietest month of the year for visitor numbers, which prices should reflect.
Overall the period between February and June is generally less busy than all other times of the year.
The exception to this is isolated times when an event may be taking place.
Sunrises and sunsets
All along the east coast of Australia you can see some amazing sunrises and sunsets.
If this is something you like to do then Lennox Head offers two excellent spots to watch and photograph them from.
One of them, The Pat Morton Lookout, is located on top of the headland. It provides sensational views across the village to Seven Mile Beach and further north to Broken Head.
If you would prefer to stay at beach level however, then head to Boulder Beach.
Located between Ballina and Byron Bay on The Coast Road, this beach is strewn with smooth, black boulders – which add a stunning backdrop to the sunrise or sunset colours you will see.
During low tide you can even explore the many interesting rock pools you will find here.
Lennox Head is a fairly easy destination to get to.
By car it is just a 15 minute drive south of Byron Bay. While from Brisbane it takes about 2 hours and Sydney closer to 8 hours.
At the northern end road access is via Broken Head to a rough parking area. While at the southern end there are several parking areas, including the Surf Life Saving Club.
The Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is situated just 5km from nearby Ballina. Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia operate daily direct flights between Sydney and here.
Furthermore Regional Express flies to Sydney a couple of times a week and Fly Pelican heads over to Newcastle up to six times a week.
Jetstar also operates daily direct flights to and from Melbourne out of this airport too.
From this airport, shuttle buses, taxis and hire cars are all readily available at the terminal to take you to Byron Bay, Ballina or Lennox Head and beyond.
If you are planning a longer stay, Lennox Head has a good range of accommodation options to suit most budgets and needs.
These include lakeside camping, holiday houses and beachside resorts.
You can use the search box below to find the best deals currently available.
Some of the accommodation providers to look out for are the Lennox Beach Resort, the Lennox Holiday Apartments, the Santa Fe Motel & Holiday Units and the Lennox Head Beachfront Apartments.
All of which have very good reviews.
Food & Coffee
The main drag of Lennox Head runs directly parallel to the beach. It is home to a number of very good cafes, restaurants and eateries.
One of the most popular ones is the Beef+Beach Steak & Seafood Restaurant, where you can enjoy ocean views as far as the eye can see.
Others like Quattro which offers award winning wood fired pizzas and fresh local seafood steak, and Shelter, who provide an array of terrific dishes using ethically sustainable, seasonal products sourced from local producers and suppliers come highly recommended.
For dinner, cocktails and tapas at Shorty’s might be an appealing choice.
Coffee lovers should try the Lennox Gelato & Coffee Co, the Old Quarter Coffee Merchants or Penny Lane Lennox.
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Lennox Head Beach Products
At Beach Scenes we have captured some fabulous photos of Lennox Head and Seven Mile Beach and turned them into a very cool range of beach themed homewares and gift products. (Like the canvas artwork above).
Please check them out if you love this fantastic NSW beach!