Lake Ainsworth - Lennox Head
*Red Alert as at 29 January 2019 – sampling has shown blue green algae levels remain high at the Lake*
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- Natural dunal ti-tree lake
- Safe swimming & recreation area
- Great family spot for kids of all ages
- Across the road from 7 Mile Beach
Lake Ainsworth – named after James Ainsworth; son of one of the first European families to settle in the region – was the inspiration behind the establishment of the holiday village as it provided a safe swimming and recreation area for families.
Lake Ainsworth is located north of the town at the end of Pacific Parade – directly across the road from a holiday park with the same name. It is a natural dunal lake that is permanently discoloured a rich brown by ti-tree tannins from the trees that surround the lake. The ti-tree water is said to have health giving and rejuvenating properties and most people I know who have been in the water comment on how good their skin feels after a dip.
Small, shallow sandy inlets – perfect for paddling – are surrounded by grass verges and parkland dotted with picnic tables and barbecue facilities.
Over the dunes is Seven Mile Beach and the Lennox Head Surf Lifesaving Club which has a handy tuck-shop serving tasty take-away treats. Public toilets can also be located here and further north up Pacific Parade you will find them adjacent to beach access and entry to the NSW Sport & Recreation Camp.
It really is a wonderful spot to spend a morning, afternoon or make a day of it relaxing, pottering, paddling, swimming and splashing around on flotation toys.
On the northern side, have fun kayaking, stand-up paddling, canoeing – pretty much any non-motorised water sport.