Lennox Head, New South Wales

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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
Coordinates 28°48′S 153°35′E / 28.800°S 153.583°E / -28.800; 153.583Coordinates: 28°48′S 153°35′E / 28.800°S 153.583°E / -28.800; 153.583
Population 7,340 (2011 census)[1]
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 7,340 in the 2011 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[edit]

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.[2][3]


The headland, also known as Lennox Point, is popular with surfers, who come for the famous righthand break.[4] 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.[5] The Pat Morton lookout (at the headland) offers spectacular views of the village and of Seven Mile Beach extending up towards Broken Head.[5]

The town is well known for its pub (considered a local icon),[citation needed] 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.[5] 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.[5]

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)



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lennox Head - Skennars Head (Statistical Area Level 2)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Tatnell, Paul (3 June 2010). "Waterspout wrecks homes in NSW town as storm hits hard". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "NSW tornado 'just the beginning'". The Northern Star. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lennox Head". Destination NSW. Retrieved 11 Nov 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "About Lennox Head". Summerland NSW. 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

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