New South Wales is the mostly densely populated State inAustralia. Stretching for a distance of nearly a thousand miles fromEdenin the far south to Tweed Heads, its northernmost city, NSW is roughly divided into three parts. The south coast, which extends from the Victorian border toWollongong, is the least densely populated part of the state. The region between Woolongong andCoffsHarbor, covers about 40% of the State of and is its most densely populated region by far. And then there is the Far North Coast of New South Wales.
The further north you travel in NSW, the warmer the ocean water and air become. By the time you reach the neighbouring cities of Lennox Head and Byron Bay, you are in subtropical beach and surf lover’s paradise.
ByronBaywasn’t always the home of the hip and the rich and famous. In fact, it was first discovered by itinerate Australian surfers looking for the perfect wave. They found it inByronBay. When the meat processing plant closed in the early seventies and the stench that spoiled the atmosphere disappeared, surfers and alternate lifestylers began gravitating towards the Bay. They opened surf shops, galleries, craft shops, trendy but cheap cafes and, most importantly, backpackers lodges. By the 1980s,ByronBaywas on the map as one of the world’s premier backpacker destinations.
Attracted by the unspoiled beauty ofByronBayand its laid back, trendy lifestyle,Australia’s glitterati began gravitating towardsByronBayand more upmarket resorts and entertainment venues began to appear. Always true to its alternative lifestyle roots, though, mega developments were stopped in their tracks by a fiercely protective local populace.
By the 1990s,ByronBayhad become so popular, it was often impossible to park or even get into the town at the height of the summer season. Visitors started looking for an alternative; someplace with all the beauty ofByronBaybut without the crowds. They found it in Lennox Head.
Lennox Head needs no introduction to surfers. WhileByronBay’s ‘Pass’ is a classic surf spot for surfers of all levels of ability, Lennox Head Point is for experts only. Entry into the water is difficult and dangerous as you negotiate a “beach” covered with large, round, slippery stones. In order to get out to the break, you have to paddle straight through the breaking waves out to the point.
Just a mile or two north of Lennox Head Point is the peaceful community of Lennox Head. Its wide sandy beach is protected from the full brunt of the breakers, making it an ideal family beach. Even better, Pacific Parade, the main street in town runs parallel to the beach. UnlikeByronBay’sLawson Street, you can always find a place to park and rarely face a traffic jam on Pacific Parade.
Byron Bay is definitely where all the action is on the far north coast of New South Wales, but clued in travellers are finding Lennox Head to be the perfect place to make their base. Only 12 miles from Byron Bay, it’s easy enough to get there whenever you want to by private or public transportation, but when you want to escape the crowds, Lennox Head is always there waiting for you.
Sidney Morgan writes for ‘Book it Now’ an Australia holiday accommodation website, with tips and advice like how to find Lennox head accommodation and Byron Bay accommodation when visiting the beaches of Far North Coast New South Wales in Australia.