Seven Mile/lennox Head
Seven Mile Beach (NSW 21) is in fact only 8.5 km long (5.3 mile) and while it is suffering some erosion at the southern end, it has certainly not lost 2 miles since its naming. This is an interesting beach that begins at the rain forest covered Jews Head and... Read more
Seven Mile Beach (NSW 21) is in fact only 8.5 km long (5.3 mile) and while it is suffering some erosion at the southern end, it has certainly not lost 2 miles since its naming. This is an interesting beach that begins at the rain forest covered Jews Head and runs south backed by the 2 km wide undeveloped Newrybo Swamp and freshwater Lake Ainsworth both part of a low Pleistocene barrier system. The southern 2 km is occupied by the growing beachfront town of Lennox Head (Fig. 4.18). Road access is via Broken Head to a rough parking area at northern end and at Lennox Head in the south with its numerous facilities, the Surf Life Saving Club and several parking areas, while the central stretch can only be reached on foot. Of added interest is the old lakebed, which lies off Lennox Head as an expanse of dark Pleistocene coffeerock, which controls the southern surf breaks. The gently sloping beach consists of fine sand, which with the energetic waves produces a rip-dominated double bar system.Lennox Head is known for its panaromic views, its world-class point break and to many youth, for the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation camp and the annual Gromfest surfing contest. The Lennox Head Surf Club, formed in 1950, is located adjacent to Lakes Ainsworth, north of the coffeerock, where the beach widens and the surf increases and the lifesavers perform an average of 11 rescues a year. The surf club itself is built on skids, so it can be towed inland, if and when the beach erodes. Threat of erosion in the township resulted in the building of a seawall in the 1990s, the wall now impinging on the beach.
Because of the numerous rips always swim in the patrolled area and between the flags. In the south, the coffeerock lowers the waves that reach the shore, resulting in a low energy reflective beach at the shore, fronted by a coffeerock 'lagoon' with higher waves breaking on the seaward edge of the coffeerock.
There are variable beach breaks running down Seven Mile Beach to the Surf Club, however most require a 4WD to access. There are some good breaks over the coffeerock in the south, while Lennox Head itself is a world-class right-hander breaking along the basalt boulders. Definitely for the experienced surfer. The point works well from 1-3 m, but can hold even higher sets.
Between Jews Head and the surf club are many shifting gutters, with a permanent gutter called the Boat Channel running south of the Surf Club. The channel is used by fishermen to launch small boats in low seas. The beach gutters are fished for bream, whiting and mulloway, while the rocky point is good for tailor when there is no surf and surfers running.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
Lennox Head - Alstonville SLSC
Lennox Head (Lifeguards)
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw021