I was born and bred in France and migrated to Australia in 2001 with my husband Scott. We fell in love with Australia the moment we arrived!
I had always been obsessed with clothing (all ages and sizes) and launched my label Mamapapa in 2003. It was initially a baby’s clothing label but has since grown into a brand that offers womenswear as well.
We moved to Avalon in 2011, after living in Darlinghurst for 10 years. We wanted to find an environment that was more open for our family.
Compared to where I grew up in Lille, in the North of France, surrounded by family and good food, Avalon is very different. But the beach culture is something I really love and which we didn’t have growing up; I couldn’t live without it now!
What I love most about the Avalon Beach area is that we now spend most of our time outside, enjoying the local beaches and parks as well as restaurants and cafés.
Avalon Beach is only an hour from the Sydney city centre, and it is such a nice change of scenery. People should visit for Mamapapa (for starters!), plus the beaches that are so beautiful up here, and not to mention all the little, hidden treasures along the coastline!
There’s something to enjoy in any season. In winter, grab a great coffee to warm up in the morning and do the lighthouse walk. In spring and autumn, I recommend renting a boat at The Boathouse and taking it out on the harbour. Then in summer, it’s all about taking long picturesque walks and making the most of daylight savings!