Byron Bay Like A Local with Joel and Rachel Cooper

Byron Bay Like a local

Everybody loves Byron Bay. Secretly, or non secretly, most people want to live in Byron Bay. To be called a local. This week learned what its like to travel to Byron Bay and live like a Byron Bay local with the help of Joel & Rachel Cooper of Frank and Dolly’s

From picturesque beaches and magical hidden swim spots to bustling morning markets, Byron Bay is a welcoming paradise for locals and tourists alike. My family are so lucky to call Byron home and it provides the perfect backdrop to inspire our ethical clothing line Frank and Dolly’s. Visitors to the area won’t be disappointed as Byron offers a myriad of activities and staples to experience during your stay.

Joel & Racheal Cooper, Frank & Dollys
Joel & Racheal Cooper, Frank & Dollys

No trip to Byron Bay is complete without a visit to its world renowned beach and surf scene. Whether it’s long boarding at The Pass with my daughter Poppy, or dinner on the sand at the peaceful Wategos beach, Byron lives up to its reputation as an unforgettable beach destination.

The Pass, Byron Bay
The Pass, Byron Bay

If surfing isn’t your thing, finding a spot along the glorious river bank in Brunswick Heads, and spending a Sunday afternoon lazing in the cool waters of the river is the perfect way to unwind and bask in Byron’s natural beauty. The region is also full of magical spots dotted throughout the Hinterland, and our weekend do-list is constantly filled with waterfalls and swimming holes to visit! Starting at Minyon Falls, and weaving your way from one to another is a perfect weekend get-away.

Broken Head Beach
Broken Head Beach

With all the attention going to the waves, Byron Bay’s best hidden secrets are without a doubt its thriving art and food culture, driven by enthusiastic and friendly locals. Our first stop is always the local Farmers Market (Bryon – Thursday morning, Bangalow – Saturday morning) for fresh and local produce, coffee and bunches of flowers. When in the mood for an afternoon treat you can often find us in Bangalow at Pantry 29 for the best in house Gelato and ice cream in the area.

Coffee at The WOODS, Bagalow
Coffee at The WOODS, Bagalow

If you’re an art lover going through Byron, the shopping is wonderful and best displayed at our favourite space to be inspired, Jai Vasiceks Gallery on Marvel St. With something incredible always happening inside, the gallery hosts spectacular pieces that capture the essence and creativity of the area. Don’t forget to pop into The Gallery by fenton & fention. They always have incredible artists on display.

The Gallery by Fenton & Fenton
The Gallery by Fenton & Fenton

Byron Bay truly offers experiences that nowhere else can and is the perfect place to visit, live or grow a business. While these are our favourite spots in the region, there is something for everyone and more things to keep you coming back. Hope to see you there soon!

Racheal Cooper, Frank & Dollys
Racheal Cooper, Frank & Dollys

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Joel & Rachael Cooper

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Joel and Rachel Cooper create ethically made collections for their label Frank & Dollys.

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