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Lennox Head
New South Wales
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Lennox Point
Lennox Head is located in New South Wales
Lennox Head
Lennox Head
Location in New South Wales
Population 7,741 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2478
LGA(s) Ballina Shire
State electorate(s) Ballina
Federal Division(s) Richmond

Lennox Head is a seaside village in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, situated on the stretch of coast between Byron Bay and Ballina in Ballina Shire local government area. It had a population of 7,741 in the 2016 Australian census.


The village has grown considerably in recent years and remains ever popular with beach-goers, sea-changers, and holiday-makers. Lennox (as it is frequently called) was once separated from Ballina by some distance, the northern encroach of Ballina and the southern advancement of Lennox Head have meant that little now separates them.


The headland was created in the Cenozoic Era as part of one of the lava flows from the Tweed Volcano, a Shield Volcano, centred on what is now Mt Warning. The basaltic lava spread south and east from the volcano in a succession of flows which covered to varying depths an older landform uplifted from the ocean bed in the Mesozoic Era.

Significant events

In 1957, a major bushfire which had burned for several days in swamp behind Lennox Head changed direction and swept through the town. Local residents had some warning and sheltered in the space between the lake and the ocean. Fortunately, no houses were lost.

On 3 June 2010, the village was hit by a small Tornado, which severely damaged thirty homes, a number of people were injured and seven vans overturned at the Lake Ainsworth Caravan Park.

In January 2014, a major bushfire broke out just north of the town, igniting heathland all the way north to Suffolk Park. The blaze was started by a lighting strike and continued for another month due to underground peat fires.


The headland, also known as Lennox Point, is popular with surfers, who come for the famous righthand break. Hang-gliders too are drawn to the headland to launch off its 65m cliff. The point is also a great spot to watch the dolphins surfing and the annual whale migration. The Pat Morton lookout (at the headland) offers spectacular views of the village and of Seven Mile Beach extending up towards Broken Head.

The town is well known for its pub (considered a local icon), caravan park, as well as Lake Ainsworth, a freshwater lake that has distinctive tannin-stained waters from the surrounding tea trees and is in stunning contrast with the white sands of Seven Mile Beach. Over the warmer summer months the lake is subject to blue green algae bloom.

Also located in the village is a Bora ring of some significance to the local Bundjalung Tribe.

Lennox Head markets are held on the second and fifth Sunday of the month, at the community centre

The town also has a small primary school (Lennox Head Public School)


Sport and recreation

Lennox Head Dolphins is a rugby league club that competes in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.

Lennox Head Rugby Union Club is a rugby union club that competes in the Far North Coast Rugby zone. Known as The Trojans, it was established in 1999. The club’s home ground is Williams Reserve, Lennox Head.

Notable residents

  • Pat Rafter – professional tennis player
  • Sam Cromack – lead vocalist of Australian indie rock band Ball Park Music, record producer
  • Simon Baker - Actor

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