Narrabeen has such an amazing small town feel with everything you need right at your doorstep, and only 23kms from the city.
Hayley, a Narrabeen local told me, “everyone knows who you are when you get your coffee in the morning, your food at woolies or your parcel at the Post Office”. She even notices when the local Thai restaurant has changed chefs because the Money Bags taste different. Hayley, and her baby Jackson are always out and about in Narrabeen, partly due to the many beautiful places to go that are all in walking distance. “Anywhere by the lake, I really love it, and up the wooden stairs, it overlooks all of Narrabeen, just beautiful!”
If the beach is not for you, there is the lagoon where you can find spots to go fishing, walking tracks, water sports or even just relax at one of the many café’s and restaurants that run along it.
Here is just some of what I found in Narrabeen.
While I was in Aqwa Boutique I noticed a stunning candle on the counter and had to ask about it. It was massive with 4 wicks, beach theme and the fragrance was delicious. I was told that a Narrabeen local makes them, so I had to know more.
I looked them up and got in contact with Aom (the talented maker of Rak Candles) and asked if I could come and photograph her and hear her story.
Aom told me that she has always loved candles and had to have them in her house all the time (sounds like me).
The obsession was becoming ridiculously expensive so about 2 years ago she started making them for herself by reusing left over candles. She hadn’t made candles before but with trial and error she became better and better. Aom’s husband had bought her a candle making hobby kit as a present, which had everything she needed.
She played with lots of different fragrances and after lots of trial and error came up with a beautiful collection of fragrances and sizes. She then started to sell them to friends and friends of friends.
Aom knew there were a lot of candles available, many of them cheap from China so she wanted to create a good quality candle at an affordable price but also wanted them to stand out. “Living near the beach I wanted to have something which would fit with the local area so I started with various ropes and shells. These are pretty much the candles you see today.”
Aom now sells her candles in 5 different places along the Northern Beaches and the North Shore and that is constantly growing.
Her husband came up with the name Rak Candles. In Thai Rak means love, “I love candles and I hope people love them too!”