Pat Morton Lookout
Majestically soaring high above the glistening Pacific Ocean, Pat Morton Lookout offers panoramic views to the township of Lennox Head and beyond to the Cape at Byron Bay and is the perfect vantage point for watching whales make their annual migration.
Relax awhile and absorb the open space atop of this spectacular surf reserve as you take in all the excitement of every movement of these magnificent creatures playfully passing by.
|Phone:||1800 777 666|
|Address:||The Coast Road, Lennox Head, NSW,|
Tourist Drives to dreamland
I read once that everyone has travelled some part of America’s Route 66 – “if only in their dreams”. In a way, the same goes for the Tourist Drives linking attractions on the beautiful Ballina Coast and Hinterland of Northern NSW. Besides acting as a convenient guidebook, these drives can also show visitors the countryside […]View page
Lennox Head is well known for its windsurfing and kite sailing offering spectacular action and of course the surfing. Pat Morton lookout (at the headland) offers spectacular views of the village and of Seven Mile Beach extending up towards Broken Head and on to Byron.
Located on the northern edge of the village is 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.
The headland, also known as Lennox Point, is popular with surfers, who come for the famous right hand break. Hang-gliders too are drawn to the headland to launch from its 65m cliff. The point is also a great spot to watch the dolphins surfing and the annual whale migration. It’s all about watersports and Lennox is a popular spot with great swimming, fishing, snorkeling, sailing and just about everything else you can do in a coastal town. But best of all, you can relax here.
History tells that Joseph Banks on Captain Cook’s Endeavour noticed a group of aboriginals walking along Seven Mile Beach. The presence of an Aboriginal ceremonial ring or ‘bora’ at the western end of the town suggests that the area played an important part in Aboriginal traditional life. The ‘bora’ is unusually large measuring over 30 metres across.
Lennox Head is part of the Bundjalung nation. According to Bundjalung Aboriginal Dreamtime, 3 brothers settled on what is now known as Seven Mile Beach and one of them, Yarbirri, produced a flow of fresh water by thrusting his spear into the sand. At low tide there is said to be a stain marking the spot from where the water flowed.Add to my itineraryView on map
Ballina – Hinterland Way
Ballina, Skennars Head, Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth
Tourist Drive 30 is a coastal drive from Ballina’s town centre and follows the river to the coast. It then takes one of the most scenic beach drives in this country to Lennox Head and continues north to Byron Bay.
Starting in River Street Shopping, River Street, Ballina you can pop in to the Ballina Visitor Information Centre, visit the Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, enjoy a free guided tour of the historic Ballina Manor or stretch the legs and enjoy a walk along Ballina’s Waterfront Heritage Trail.
Heading towards the coastline, over Missingham Bridge you have stunning views of the north and south breakwalls and the mouth of the Richmond River.
Lighthouse Beach is one of the most popular beaches, stroll along the North Wall and observe the Coast Guard, enjoy a coffee at the Surf Club and take in the views at Ballina Headland. You will see the lighthouse on the hill behind the lookout.
Stunning coastline will take you past Shelly Beach, Angels Beach, Flat Rock, Sharpes Beach & Boulders Beach all the way to Pat Morton Lookout which overlooks Lennox Point, one of the top ten surf breaks in Australia. Laid-back Lennox Head is a Mecca among surfers and along the Main Street you will find boutiques, funky cafes and restaurants and, just down the road, the tea-tree stained waters of Lake Ainsworth.
- Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, 8 Regatta Avenue, Ballina
- Ballina Manor Boutique Hotel, 25 Norton Street, Ballina
- Ballina Waterfront Heritage Trail, Fawcett Park, Ballina to North Wall, Ballina
- Richmond River, Ballina
- North Wall, Lighthouse Parade, Ballina
- Pat Morton Lookout, The Coast Road, Lennox Head
- Lake Ainsworth, Pacific Parade, Lennox Head