Like many parts of northern NSW, the area we now call Lennox Head is rich in resources and it sustained a thriving aboriginal community for thousands of years. European settlement began in the areas in the 1800s and Lennox Head had assumed the proportions of a small village by 1860. James Ainsworth took up one of the largest early land grants in the area behind Seven Mile Beach and the local lake - with its distinctive tannin-stained waters - bears his name. For much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries timber cutting, dairy-farming and cane-growing sustained the local community. Although Lennox Head has long been a prosperous community, it never grew large. Even today, Lennox Head is home to just 6,000 people. Small as it is, visitors to the town might conclude that this is the ideal size for a town. Perfectly proportioned, contemporary Lennox Head has a vibrant atmosphere. Still, wherever you are in Lennox Heads you’re just minutes away from the superb beach, striking Lake Ainsworth and spectacular coastal bushland.
Restaurants & Cafés
Despite its compact proportions, Lennox Head has an incredible range of cafés and restaurants, many of which offer out-door seating. Locals – and visitors – swear by the local coffee and recommend Ruby’s, Quattro, Opes, 7 Mile Café and Blackboard on the Beach. The restaurant options are equally good; Thai Gardens, Mi-Thai and iWok are all popular.
Lennox Head is well known for its very recognisable headland and its internationally famous right-hand surf break. A Bora ring of significance to the Bundjalung tribe – the original inhabitants of the area – can still be seen in Lennox Head.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Sports, Fitness and Recreation
Lennox Head can justifiably be called a surfing mecca. If you’re in the non-surfing minority, there’s still plenty to do. For a small town, Lennox Heads has excellent facilities, including tennis courts, a football/cricket ground, a lawn bowls club, squash courts and an indoor swimming pool and gym. A skate park is also under construction. Lennox Headland is well known for its excellent hang gliding, with gliders descending low over the water. Some say that taking a four-wheel drive along Seven Mile Beach between Ballina and Byron Bay is equally unforgettable. The only way to know is to try both.
Real Estate & Design
There are some great homes in Lennox Head. In Lennox Heads village you’ll find impressive homes that have undergone renovation and redevelopment. Additionally, a small range of strata titled holiday units are located near the beach in the village. Several recently developed residential estates - including The Pines and The Meadows - provide a good range of well-proportioned homes, ideal for families.
Schools, Education & Institutions
There are excellent services for families in Lennox Head. There are two childcare centres providing long daycare for under fives, along with Lennox Head Community Preschool and Lennox Head public school. High school students - public and private - travel to either Ballina or Lismore. Options for local tertiary study are also very good; a TAFE is located in Ballina and Southern Cross University is in Lismore.
At the centre of Lennox Head – which everyone refers to as the village – you’ll find a fantastic range of shops. Surf shops, stylish boutiques, art galleries are all here along with a range of other retailers selling essential items. A small IGA supermarket is also situated in the village. For bigger purchases locals head to Ballina. About 10 minutes’ away, Ballina has a huge commercial and retail precinct.
Distance from the CBD & Transportation
Lennox Head is on a tourist route detour off the Pacific Highway. The village is six kilometres from the Highway. Ballina airport is eight kilometres away, providing links to Sydney and elsewhere.