Lennox Heads, NSW is one of the best kept secrets around Northern NSW. We live overseas and our family is in Brisbane, so to get there is a 2 hour drive, which was smooth with beautiful views (will be even better after the Tugan bypass opens).
We rented a town house to stay for 10 days and it was absolutely beautiful. There is a street in the town, which has everything you need: grocery store, hair salon, cafes, eateries and restaurant.
The beach was also fabulous. It was rather calm and we were able to go there every day with our 5 months old!
It is the best place if you need some sanity and peace. Byron Bay is just way too touristy and crowded if you are looking for a R&R holiday!