Surfers know Lennox Head for its internationally famous right-hand point break, hang-gliders love it for the spectacular views from Pat Morton Lookout, and many generations of children will remember the tea tree freshwater lake that served as the foundation for so many activities at Lake Ainsworth’s famous fitness camps.

Add to it the fishing enthusiasts and Byron natives who frequently prefer Lennox to their own bustling town for a decent lunch or coffee (it’s only a 15-minute drive south), and you can understand why the locals adore the location.

Lennox Head offers a fantastic seaside town vibe, with a main street full of boutiques, cafés, restaurants, a post office, and a large strip of the park facing the beach opposite, ideal for resting in the shade of the pandanus palms and eating fish and chips.

The settlement, named after the Dukes of Richmond and Lennox by Captain Rous in 1882, was founded for the timber and land, and dairying and cane cultivation soon followed. The population grew and the town prospered when the coastal route was cemented in the 1970s.

Lake Ainsworth is still highly popular, with great picnic facilities and boat rentals available, as well as being fantastic for sailing. The waters are said to have healing properties, and the location serves as the backdrop for the Lennox Head Markets, which sell anything from handicrafts to tropical fruit and vegetables.

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How to get to Lennox Head NSW

Before you can start enjoying all that Lennox Head has to offer, you need to know how to get there. Here’s your ultimate guide on how to get to Lennox Head.

By Air:

  • The nearest airport to Lennox Head is Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, which is located approximately 15 minutes away from the town center by car.
  • Domestic airlines such as Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Qantas all operate flights to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport from major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
  • From the airport, you can either rent a car or take a taxi to get to Lennox Head.


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By Car:

  • Lennox Head is located approximately 20 minutes south of Byron Bay and 2 hours south of Brisbane.
  • If you’re driving from Sydney, it will take you approximately 9 hours to get to Lennox Head.
  • The main road leading to Lennox Head is the Pacific Highway (M1), which is a well-maintained and scenic highway that stretches all the way up and down the east coast of Australia.
  • There are plenty of car rental companies available at major airports and cities, so renting a car is a convenient and flexible way to get to Lennox Head.

By Bus:

  • There are several bus companies that operate services to Lennox Head, including Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service.
  • Buses depart from major cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, and stop at Ballina or Byron Bay, where you can then take a local bus or taxi to get to Lennox Head.

By Train:

  • Unfortunately, there is no train station in Lennox Head.
  • The nearest train station is located in Casino, which is approximately 40 minutes away by car.
  • You can take a train from major cities such as Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne to Byron Bay, and then take a local bus or taxi to get to Lennox Head.

Lennox Head Weather & Surf Conditions over the Year

One important factor to consider when planning a trip to Lennox Head is the weather. With its subtropical climate and coastal location, Lennox Head enjoys warm temperatures and mild winters throughout the year.

Monthly Weather Averages in Lennox Head:

To help you plan your trip to Lennox Head, here are the monthly weather averages for the town:

MonthAverage TemperatureAverage RainfallAverage Humidity
January26°C (79°F)166 mm (6.5 in)74%
February26°C (79°F)178 mm (7 in)75%
March25°C (77°F)203 mm (8 in)78%
April23°C (73°F)200 mm (7.9 in)82%
May20°C (68°F)194 mm (7.6 in)85%
June18°C (64°F)142 mm (5.6 in)85%
July17°C (63°F)96 mm (3.8 in)84%
August18°C (64°F)101 mm (4 in)83%
September20°C (68°F)86 mm (3.4 in)80%
October22°C (72°F)102 mm (4 in)77%
November24°C (75°F)110 mm (4.3 in)75%
December25°C (77°F)135 mm (5.3 in)73%

Key Points to Note:

  • The average temperature in Lennox Head ranges from 17°C (63°F) in July to 26°C (79°F) in January and February.
  • The wettest months in Lennox Head are January, February, and March, with an average rainfall of over 166mm (6.5 in) per month.
  • The driest month in Lennox Head is July, with an average rainfall of only 96mm (3.8 in).
  • The average humidity in Lennox Head ranges from 73% in December to 85% in May and June.

Lennox Head enjoys warm temperatures and mild winters throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for outdoor activities and sightseeing. However, visitors should be aware of the wettest months (January-March) and plan accordingly. With this information, you can plan your trip to Lennox Head with confidence and enjoy all that this beautiful town has to offer.

Things to do in Lennox Head

Pat Morton Lookout

The Pat Morton Lookout, located on the southern end of Seven Mile Beach, has magnificent views north over the township and Seven Mile Beach, as well as south to Rocky Point, Boulder Beach, and Skenners Head. A lovely walking path with accessible boardwalks stretches from town, along the coastal reserve, and up the headland.

‘The Point,’ located below the headland, is a draw for discerning surfers. From May to October, it is often typical to observe dolphins and whales from the headland. The headland was formed by lava flows and was part of a massive volcano that spanned from the Gold Coast to Ballina and beyond. It was centred near Murwillumbah on Mount Warning.

Macadamia Castle

It is impossible to overlook. The massive knight and castle, which can be found at 1699 Pacific Highway, Knockrow (2 minutes from the Lennox Head exit), signal a modest theme park for children and families. Of course, hot macadamias and gourmet meals are available for purchase, but the major draws are the adventure treehouse, kangaroo feeding and rabbit petting, mini golf, train ride, and local birds and reptiles. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Cape Byron Marine Park

The Cape Byron Marine Park stretches from Brunswick Heads in the north to Lennox Head in the south and encompasses both coastal near-shore waters and tidal waters of estuaries and streams in the region.

Lake Ainsworth

Lake Ainsworth, located at the northern end of Pacific Parade, is a freshwater lake with a characteristic brown, tannic colour generated by tea plants that flank the shore. It provides a tranquil freshwater escape for families, with a spacious picnic space at the southern end. It’s fantastic for sailing, swimming, and picnics. The lake’s dark colour is caused by staining caused by the tea plants that grow along the coastline, rather than dirtiness.

The Coastal Walk

From the Pat Morton Lookout in Lennox, there is a beautiful 3.5-hour trek. Drive by rugged headlands and stunning beaches on your way to Ballina.

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Lennox Head Beaches

Seven Mile Beach and Lennox Point

Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head (patrolled throughout the summer months) is well-known for its right-hand break near Lennox Point. “The Lennox Head point break is lovely to look at but strong, and to ride it you need to find space amid dozens of red-hot local surfers, so it’s not the spot for beginners,” according to the great Australia’s Surfing Coast website.

It breaks into sand, however there are some smooth round boulders to scramble over. Meanwhile, the “Magic Miles” between Lennox Head and Ballina provide a combination of beach breaks and reefs that operate in all wind and wave directions.

The only time there are no waves on the Magic Miles is when there is no swell. In February 2007, Lennox Head was designated as a National Surfing Reserve, making it the third site in Australia to be recognised for its significance to recreational surfing. It is Australia’s biggest National Surfing Reserve, stretching 7.2 kilometres from the Surf Club south to Flat Rock.”

Lennox Head Accommodation

Sea Esta – Lennox Head

The place is fully equipped for a beach-centric lifestyle and it’s got a light and airy open design that’s perfect for hot summer days – thank goodness for air-conditioning!

The dining terrace connects seamlessly to the interior, making it super easy to enjoy indoor/outdoor living. Plus, the kitchen is super smartly-appointed with all the amenities you could need, including a microwave and dishwasher.

The complex itself is boutique and has a lap pool, beautifully manicured grounds, and a secure basement car space, which is great because you don’t have to worry about parking.

One of my favorite things to do is to sit on the balcony and enjoy a sunset drink while listening to the sounds of the ocean. Sometimes I even spot whales and dolphins passing by! If you’re looking to relax, the pool area is perfect. And if you want to do some exploring, you can walk to the beautiful Lake Ainsworth for a swim or check out any of the diverse and award-winning restaurants in the area.

Overall, this gorgeous apartment is perfectly positioned for a vibrant lifestyle in the heart of Lennox Head, with a range of leisure, pleasure, and dining out experiences just steps from your door.


Santa Fe Motel and Holiday Units

If you’re looking for a laid-back and affordable getaway near the beach, check out Santa Fe Motel and Holiday Units in Lennox Head! This 3-star spot is just a quick 3-minute walk from Seven Mile Beach and boasts a garden, free private parking, and BBQ facilities. Perfect for a summer vacation, they’ve got an awesome outdoor pool that’ll keep you cool all day long.

The rooms are air-conditioned and come with free WiFi, so you can stay connected. Each room has a private bathroom and balcony, so you can enjoy some peace and quiet. And, if you’re in the mood for cooking, some rooms even have a kitchen with all the essentials like an oven, stovetop, and toaster. Don’t worry about bringing your own towels and bedding – they’ve got you covered!


Lennox Head Restaurants

Williams St Kitchen & Bar

Located in the beachside town of Lennox Head, Williams Street offers delicious all-day Breakfast and Lunch 7 days a week. Open for Dinner Thursday to Sunday.


Nestled in the centre of the sleepy surf town Lennox Head, Shortys brings a relaxed intimate vibe. Enjoy an afternoon of delicious cocktails or try our wide range of tapas. Oh and we have plenty of local beer and wine too!

Mr Tipsy’s

Mr Tipsy’s is the newest spot in Lennox Head for good food, delicious cocktails, and fun times. A mouth watering menu features comfort food from across Asia.

Quattro Classic Lennox Head

Award winning wood fired pizzas, fresh local seafood steak and all delicious bits in between! Washed down with a thoughtful selection of wines beers and cocktails.

Lennox Head Pubs

The Lennox Hotel

The Lennox Hotel is situated in the perfect beach location, where friendly locals and carefree holidaymakers mix together enjoying a classic seaside pub atmosphere. Sip an ice-cold beer and enjoy a bistro meal in the historic main bar or relax on the balcony at the Beef and Beach restaurant while soaking up the amazing views of Seven Mile Beach.

Whether you want to listen to live music or enjoy first-class cuisine on the balcony, The Lennox Hotel has something for everyone.

Lennox Head Cafes

Penny Lane Lennox

With a shared love for warm hospitality and good coffee, mother/daughter duo Marie and Gyan opened Penny Lane Lennox in 2018. Inspired by the abundance of local produce and sense of community in Northern NSW the two have gone on the create a relaxed, comforting atmosphere akin to their own living room. Today, Penny Lane continues to serve up the goods with a fresh all day menu, specialty coffee and Marie’s famous baked goodies.


A boutique smoothie and salad bar in Lennox Village that provide fresh, healthy and creative catering. From delicious rice paper rolls, to exotic salad boxes and more.

Shelter Lennox

Shelter Lennox is a full service beachside restaurant in Lennox Head. We offer corporate functions, private events and wedding receptions.

Lennox Head Holiday Itineraries

3 Day Stay

The below is a 3 day planner which you can use as a baseline for a 3 day stay in Lennox Heads.

Day 1:

9:00 AMBreakfast at Shelter1 hour
10:00 AMBeach time at Seven Mile Beach2 hours
12:00 PMLunch at Beef and Beach1 hour
1:00 PMSurfing lesson with Let’s Go Surfing2 hours
3:00 PMExplore Lake Ainsworth1 hour
4:00 PMRelax at Lennox Head Tea Tree Lake1 hour
6:00 PMDinner at Lennox Gelato and Espresso Bar1 hour

Day 2:

8:00 AMBreakfast at Williamsburg1 hour
9:00 AMHiking at Pat Morton Lookout2 hours
11:00 AMSwim and snorkel at Boulder Beach2 hours
1:00 PMLunch at The Lennox Hotel1 hour
2:00 PMKayaking with Go Sea Kayak2 hours
4:00 PMSunset drinks at Lennox Head Surf Club1 hour
6:00 PMDinner at La Casita Mexican Cantina1 hour

Day 3:

9:00 AMBreakfast at The Belle General1 hour
10:00 AMWhale watching tour with Out Of The Blue Adventures2 hours
12:00 PMLunch at Quattro1 hour
1:00 PMShopping and strolling around Lennox Head Village2 hours
3:00 PMVisit the Cape Byron Lighthouse1 hour
4:00 PMSunset drinks and dinner at The Point2 hours

As you can see, this itinerary covers a range of activities that cater to different interests and preferences. Feel free to adjust the activities or times to suit your needs, and don’t forget to make the most of the stunning coastal scenery that Lennox Head has to offer.

5 Day Stay

The below is a 5 day planner which you can use as a baseline for a 5 day stay in Lennox Heads.

Day 1:

TimeActivityLength of Activity
10:00 AMExplore Lake Ainsworth1 hour
12:00 PMLunch at Shelter1 hour
1:30 PMHead to Pat Morton Lookout1 hour
3:00 PMBeach time at Lennox Head Beach2 hours
5:00 PMDinner at Beef + Beach1.5 hours

Day 2:

TimeActivityLength of Activity
9:00 AMHike to Boulder Beach2 hours
12:00 PMLunch at Williamsburg1 hour
1:30 PMExplore Lennox Head Markets1 hour
3:00 PMKayaking with Cape Byron Kayaks2 hours
5:00 PMDinner at Lennox Hotel1.5 hours

Day 3:

TimeActivityLength of Activity
10:00 AMVisit Byron Bay Lighthouse2 hours
12:00 PMLunch at Beach Byron Bay1 hour
1:30 PMSurfing with Let’s Go Surfing2 hours
4:00 PMHead back to Lennox Head1 hour
5:00 PMDinner at Quattro1.5 hours

Day 4:

TimeActivityLength of Activity
9:00 AMVisit Macadamia Castle2 hours
11:30 AMHead to Killen Falls1 hour
12:30 PMPicnic lunch at Killen Falls1 hour
2:00 PMDrive to Crystal Castle30 minutes
2:30 PMExplore Crystal Castle2 hours
4:30 PMHead back to Lennox Head30 minutes
6:00 PMDinner at La Casita1.5 hours

Day 5:

TimeActivityLength of Activity
10:00 AMWalk along Seven Mile Beach1.5 hours
12:00 PMLunch at The Lennox Kitchen1 hour
1:30 PMRelax at Lennox Head Spa2 hours
4:00 PMHead to Lake Ainsworth for sunset1 hour
5:00 PMDinner at William Street Kitchen1.5 hours

This 5-day itinerary is just a starting point and can be adjusted based on your interests and preferences. There are plenty of other activities and sights to see in Lennox Head and the surrounding areas, so don’t be afraid to mix it up and explore. Have fun!

Lennox Head FAQ

What is Lennox Head known for?
Lennox Head is a laid-back coastal town in New South Wales, Australia, known for its stunning beaches and world-class surf breaks. It’s also home to the iconic Lennox Point, a rocky headland that offers panoramic views of the coastline.

Is Lennox Head worth visiting?
Absolutely! Lennox Head is a hidden gem that offers a more relaxed and less crowded alternative to nearby Byron Bay. With its beautiful beaches, scenic walks, and charming cafes and restaurants, Lennox Head is the perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

How far is Lennox Head from Byron Bay?
Lennox Head is located just 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Byron Bay, making it a great option for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

What are the best things to do in Lennox Head?
Some of the best things to do in Lennox Head include surfing at Lennox Point, strolling along Seven Mile Beach, hiking to Pat Morton Lookout, exploring Lake Ainsworth, and dining at one of the town’s many cafes and restaurants.

What is the weather like in Lennox Head?
Lennox Head enjoys a subtropical climate, with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine year-round. Summer (December to February) is the peak tourist season, with average temperatures ranging from 20-28°C (68-82°F). Winter (June to August) is cooler and less crowded, with average temperatures ranging from 8-20°C (46-68°F).

How do I get to Lennox Head?
The closest airport to Lennox Head is Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, which is located just 15 minutes’ drive from the town. Alternatively, you can fly into Gold Coast Airport (1 hour’s drive) or Brisbane Airport (2.5 hours’ drive) and drive down to Lennox Head.

What are some nearby towns to visit?
Some nearby towns worth visiting include Byron Bay, Bangalow, and Mullumbimby. Each of these towns offers its own unique charm and attractions, such as the famous Byron Bay lighthouse, the Bangalow Markets, and the Mullum Music Festival.

Can I swim at Lennox Head?
Yes, Lennox Head has several beautiful beaches that are safe for swimming, including Seven Mile Beach, Lake Ainsworth, and Boulder Beach. However, be sure to check for any warnings or hazards before entering the water, and always swim between the flags at patrolled beaches.

What is the best time of year to visit Lennox Head?
The best time of year to visit Lennox Head depends on your preferences. Summer (December to February) is the peak tourist season, with warm temperatures and plenty of activities and events. Winter (June to August) is cooler and less crowded, but still offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation.

What accommodation options are available in Lennox Head?

Lennox Head offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences, including hotels, motels, apartments, holiday homes, and camping grounds. Some popular options include Lennox Head Beachfront Apartments, Lennox Head Holiday Park, and Lennox Head Bed & Breakfast.

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