Lennox Headis a world-renowned surfing reserve. Expert surfer or beginner, there’s plenty of places to catch a wave in the local area
Considered one of Australia’s best right-hand breaks. Few waves compare for speed, barrel sections, length of ride and an ability to handle the biggest NE-S swells. While a NE swell meeting a SW wind is considered primo, Lennox will also bend a S to its will, hitting a number of launch sites along the half kilometre headland.
Enter from rocky outcrop.
Expert only wave
Just south of Lennox Point over the otherside of the headland is Boulders (named after the basalt rocks that have eroded to form the beach). Boulders is suited to the experienced surfer. Boulder’s is a step up from Flat Rock (see below)- it can hold reasonably big swell and, with its rocky shore and tricky entry points, is not a place for the novice surfer.
Gromfest surfing competitions are usually held annually in front of the Lennox Hotel. You’ll also see surf schools at Seven Mile Beach quite often – normally north of the Surf Club. Conditions are variable with the open surf. Rips are likely.
Just south of Lennox village, Sharpes Beach is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the west northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the east. The beach break offers mainly left hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It’s sometimes crowded here. Rocks are a hazard.
Flat Rock is an exposed beach reef and point break that has very consistent surf The best wind direction is from the west. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the east. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights as well as a left hand reef break. and there is also a left hand point break. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded.
Variable beach breaks at Shelly, with a left off the northern rocks and right off the southern. Lighthouse has the potential for good breaks on outer bar and inside the north (entrance) wall. However quality depends on highly variable bars.
An exposed beach/Groyne/Rivermouth break that has very reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the west southwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks favour rights. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It’s sometimes crowded here. Take care of rocks and rips.
Ballina South Wall is an exposed beach/Breakwater break that is usually a safe bet. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. The beach breaks are all lefts. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rocks in the line up.
At the south end of Byron Bay’s Main Beach, The Pass is a fairly exposed point break that has consistent surf The best wind direction is from the southeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Watch out for rips, rocks, man-made danger (buoys etc…) and locals.
North of Byron Bay and just south of Byron Bay, Broken Head is an exposed point break that has pretty consitent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Usually gets local windswells, but groundswells do happen and the best wave direction is from the east northeast. Often Crowded. Take care of sharks, rips and rocks.