October 15, 2019 / By Sophia Collins
The Weekender loves finding amazing locals doing amazing things in places we love to visit. So recently we caught up with Julie Langlois, the creative energy behind Black Wolf Candles, who lives in Bawley Point on the NSW South Coast. Here's what she had to say ...
What do you love about living in Bawley Point?
First and foremost would be the little piece of paradise that we've created in our home and tropical gardens. We purchased a beach shack that was being used as a B&B on three quarters of an acre, and we've done some major renovations to make it what it is today. There's still a little more to do but then again, isn't there always?
Secondly it would definitely be the abundance of stunning beaches. In Bawley alone I have at least 5 beaches to choose from and a few more in our sister town of Kioloa so you never tire of the same beach.
We moved here about 5 years ago as my husband had such fond memories as a teenage surfer doing road trips to the South Coast and we craved a quieter, more serene lifestyle. I love that most days I can walk down to the beach and there is nobody else there, and then when it's peak season at Christmas, there is a real buzz as the town swells to more than four times its size. Then you know it's summer and the beaches are a hive of activity.
Where are your favourite places to visit in the area?
Surrounded by National Parks I love the bush tracks that follow the beaches up and down the coast. You can go on a short walk or a long hike and see some of the most stunning beaches. Just a short drive from here is Pretty and Pebbly Beaches where you will find the kangaroos grazing on the grass next to the beach. The Gantry is a favourite for when we have visitors, with some choosing to jump off. The water is amazingly clear and you can see the resident stingray most days.
Any hidden secrets/tips for people who are planning to visit?
Bawley Vale Estate is a local winery that has a cellar door and it's wonderful when they open their winery for all to come and enjoy music on the lawns. Keep an eye out for the sign on the way in to Bawley.
Bawley is also now home to the largest equestrian centre in the southern hemisphere, Willinga Park. So if you get a chance to attend an event there, it's well worth a look at this magnificent facility and grounds.
Kioloa is where you will find Merry Street Restaurant, and when you dine there you become part of the family. Owner and chef, John is originally from Belgium and delivers authentic and flavoursome food.
Where would we find you at 10.00 am on a Sunday?
If I'm not making candles, I'll be walking on the beach, swimming and surfing in summer or riding the dirt bikes through the bush in the winter.
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