Lennox Head is a small town of 6,000 people just 15 minutes south of Byron Bay. It is popular with surfers who come to ride the internationally famous right-hand point break at the southern end of town. The town holds the biannual Lennox Masters Surf Classic and the annual Gromfest Junior Surf Contest. The beach is long and sandy, and good for sunbathing or body boarding. Pat Morton Lookout is the perfect take-off spot for hang-gliding, and Lake Ainsworth is celebrated for its therapeutic waters tinged with tea tree oils. Families often head for the lake to have picnics and practice water sports such as kayaking and sailing, and it is home to the wonderful Lenox Head Markets, where locally grown fruit and vegetables are sold alongside local art and handicrafts. The market is worth a look and is cheaper than the Byron Market but just as bustling.
The town is more of a village, with a short main street lined with cafés, restaurants and surf shops which you can walk through in a few minutes. It is quite a charming place to spend a day, and many Byron residents head here to escape the crowds during peak summer months.