Lennox Head to Ballina

Another coast-hugging, safe and scenic North Coast bike path runs from Lennox Head to Ballina. Staying off-road, I started near Lake Ainsworth at the north end of Lennox Head Beach and just followed the coast line for about 18 kilometres into Ballina. The path is wide and of mixed construction, easy to follow, with great views the whole way.




Where the path rises onto the headlands it becomes a grass lane; the clifftop views are spectacular and popular for whale spotting

The path enters Ballina on a breakwater, then crosses a bridge into the township where I had great coffee and pastry.



The return leg was just as enjoyable with very few people sharing the path. This ride has such varied scenery, from beaches, to cliffs, headlands, rainforests, and riversides.





Below is a short  GoPro  video and Strava map for the route that I  followed. Check the  local  council’s  website for  more detailed cycling  information.

Lennox Ballina


There is also a longer Ballina Loop I could have added (see Council map below) but the weather was threatening so I opted to leave it for another day.

Ballina Loop

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  1. Hi, Interested in doing this ride but wanted to know if there is much major road riding looking at the map it looks a though there is a fair bit of busy road riding eg Coastal Road.

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    • Hi there; I dont ride on roads, full stop. Quiet back streets, sometimes, but I enjoy living too much to share space with two tonnes of fast metal. This ride was done entirely by linking a variety of paths, trails, and even fields. I’m not good with maps, so I just kept the big blue sea on my left going down, and simply backtracked. Hope you enjoy it. cheers, Richard


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