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Cycle or walk between Ballina and Lennox Head via a scenic coastal path that is one of the many bike paths in the Ballina Shire. The shared path stretches for about 18km and travels through a variety of terrains as well as some areas of high pedestrian traffic.
Commencing beside the Richmond River in Ballina's CBD, where there are plenty of opportunities to purchase something to eat or drink. Enjoy great views of the river as you pass behind the town swimming pool on the shared pathway, whilst taking it easy, so you can keep an eye out for other users, as well as sand across the path. Follow the pathway on the eastern side of the bridge over North Creek and take a right past the caravan park onto the north wall. As you approach the coast rescue building, the path continues north behind Lighthouse Beach.
Cyclists need to take the cement path through the housing estate opposite Sharpes Beach, as the cycleway over Whites Head has to be completed, but walkers are fine to stay on the coast side. If cycling, take a right from Headlands Drive into Skennars Head Road to cross The Coast Road at the roundabout. The pathway is mostly flat with a couple of steep sections, particularly on the approach to the Pat Morton Lookout. Stop here to catch your breath and soak in the amazing views before coasting downhill into Lennox Head.
Drinking water and toilets are available along the shared path. You will pass a couple of cafes directly and there are plenty of places for food and drink at either end. The river, rock pools and beaches on the way provide plenty of opportunities for a cooling dip.
Although generally easy to follow and mostly well signposted, you may miss the turn back toward the coast and it could be quite difficult to cross The Coast Road during holiday times. Take care around other users of the shared pathway which includes walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities.