Lennox Head, New South Wales

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 census.[1]

Lennox Head
New South Wales
Lennox Point
Lennox Head
Coordinates28°48′S 153°35′E
Population7,741 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Ballina Shire
State electorate(s)Ballina
Federal Division(s)Richmond


The village has grown considerably in recent years and remains 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. 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 lightning strike and continued for another month due to underground peat fires.[2][3]


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 7,741 people in the Lennox Head - Skennars Head area.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.9% of the population.
  • 82.0% of people were born in Australia. The most next common countries of birth were England 4.1% and New Zealand 1.8%.
  • 91.0% of people only spoke English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 35.8%, Catholic 25.1% and Anglican 16.0%.[1]


The headland, also known as Lennox Point, is used by surfers, who come for the noted righthand break.[4] Hang-gliders too visit the headland to launch off its 65m cliff. The point is also used for watching dolphins surfing and the annual whale migration.[5] The Pat Morton lookout (at the headland) has views of the village and of Seven Mile Beach extending up towards Broken Head.[5]

The town is known for its pub, caravan park, as well as Lake Ainsworth, a freshwater lake that has distinctive tannin-stained waters from the surrounding tea trees and is in 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).

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. The club, known as The Trojans was established in 1999. Their home ground is Williams Reserve, Lennox Head.

Notable residents


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lennox Head - Skennars Head (Statistical Area Level 2)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  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 November 2013.
  5. "About Lennox Head". Summerland NSW. 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  6. Andrew McMillen. "Ball Park Music rises from uni beginnings to stardom". The Australian.
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