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North Coast

Nestled on 118 hectares between the peaceful shores of Lake Ainsworth and the everlasting beaches of Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre is the perfect destination to both relax and get stuck into a fun-filled adventure.

With the options of exciting activities such as marine studies, kayaking, sailing, cookouts, bike riding, beach games and flying fox, Lake Ainsworth is a one stop shop for your next school camp.

Located on NSW’s North Coast, Lake Ainsworth is a 20 minute drive from Ballina Airport, and a short commute from the relaxed beach side of Byron Bay and the glitz of the Gold Coast.

With its relaxed beauty and convenient location, come stay and discover why so many schools return to Lake Ainsworth .


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*Please note: Some activities may not be available at the time of your booking due to COVID-19 Public Health Order restrictions or COVID Safety Plan practices. Please contact 13 13 02 for more information.

​At height​

  • Challenge ropes

  • Flying fox

  • Rock climbing


  • Canoeing

  • Dark water

  • Kayaking

  • Marine studies

  • Pool games

  • Raft building

  • Sailing

  • Snorkelling

  • Stand up paddle boards

  • Team raft

  • Water initiatives


  • Bivouac (an overnight bush camp)

  • Cookout

  • Damper making

  • Orienteering

Interpersonal and movement

  • Bike riding

  • Initiatives

  • Team challenge


  • Archery

  • Beach games


  • 25-metre swimming pool​

  • Tennis courts​

  • Basketball courts​

  • BBQ area​

  • Multi-purpose hall​

  • Conference room​

  • Playing fields​


Lake Ainsworth offers high quality, clean accommodation moments from the beach that is fully catered for schools.

Schools catered accommodation

Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre has catered accommodation to match your needs. Room configurations vary between two, six and 18.


Catered programs are available for groups and include accommodation and three meals per day.

Our meals

The dining hall is the beating heart of our centre. The scene of healthy and nutritious daily meals, rowdy chatter and satisfied faces. We know your students will love our meals, but so will their parents. Our catering team understand what needs to be done with allergies and special diets, and lovingly prepare all our meals to the highest standards. Students are encouraged to try new foods as part of the camp experience with the understanding there will be some fussy eaters. Our camp experts work with you to meet these needs.


To contribute a positive camp community, students may be involved in helping with kitchen duties such as serving food, washing up and ensuring the dining area is clean at the end of meals.


Teachers will love our food too, with specially prepared meal options and our camp experts organising and managing students during meal times. This provides an opportunity for teachers to have a well-deserved break and enjoy their meals as a group with teachers sat separately.

“It’s been one of the best camps I've ever been on, the staff really engage the kids for a long period of time, which is excellent for us teachers. All the activities are really hands on and build a sense of adventure, but also life skills and team building.”

– Kate, teacher, Westlawn Public School


164 Camp Drewe Rd

Lennox Head NSW 2478

The Centre is located five minutes from Lennox Head town centre, 20 minutes from Ballina, 30 minutes from Byron bay and 90 minutes from the Gold Coast.

Casino and Grafton train stations are both approximately two hours from the centre, and Country Link provides transport from these stations to Lennox Head.

Blanch’s Bus Company travels a route between Ballina and Byron Bay with a stop 500 metres from the centre.

Free parking is available on site.


Please contact us on 13 13 02 or at for our camp package pricing and seasons.


Jason Dwyer


Centre Manager

Ben Wall


Program Coordinator


Think outside for your next school camp with the Office of Sport.