The surfers know Lennox Head for its internationally famous right hand point break, and the hang-gliders love the place for the sensational views when they take off from Pat Morton Lookout and many generations of children will know the tea tree freshwater lake which formed the nucleus of so many activities at Lake Ainsworth’s famous fitness camps. Add to this the fishing enthusiasts and the Byron locals who often find Lennox a quieter seaside place than their own bustling town for a good meal or coffee (it’s just 15 minute’s drive south) and you can see why the locals love the place so much.
Lennox Head has a great coastal village atmosphere, with a main street full of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, post office and supermarket and a long strip of park adjoining the beach opposite, the perfect place for sitting in the shade of the pandanus palms and enjoying fish and chips. Named in 1882 by Captain Rous, after the Duke of Richmond and Lennox, the village was established for the timber and land, and dairying and cane farming followed. Once the coastal road was sealed in the 1970’s, the population expanded and the town thrived.
Lake Ainsworth is still very popular, with excellent picnic facilities and craft for hire, as well as being good for sailing. The waters are reputed to have therapeutic qualities, and the area provides the backdrop for the Lennox Head Markets, which offer a wide variety of goods from handicrafts to tropical fruit and vegetables.
- Population – 6000
- Transport and Services – Blanch’s Bus Service
- Council – Ballina Shire
- Lennox Masters Surf Classic – Biannual – April
- All Girls Surf Showdown – Annually in June
- GROMFEST – Junior Surfing Event – Annually in July