J Wray Records: Torquay’s newest haven for vinyl devotees and local music lovers

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J Wray Records: Torquay’s newest haven for vinyl devotees and local music lovers

Words by Talia Rinaldo

If rare finds, local talent, and the timeless allure of vinyl stir something within you, then prepare for a new addition to your cultural radar.

Tucked away in the coastal oasis of Torquay, a new destination has emerged – J Wray Records.

Owned and curated by local enthusiast Josh Wray, this boutique record store offers a serene escape for vinyl devotees and music lovers alike. With its recent opening over the March long weekend, J Wray Records invites those seeking a haven where the melodies of yesteryear and contemporary tunes harmonise in perfect unison.

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Originally established online in 2022, Josh Wray’s venture into the world of vinyl commerce gained traction through appearances at Garage Geelong and the Geelong Vintage Market in 2023. Now, in 2024, J Wray Records has taken a physical form, becoming a cornerstone of Torquay’s burgeoning music scene. From vinyl to turntables, accessories to speakers, the store boasts an extensive collection of over 2000 LPs, both new and second-hand, catering to diverse tastes.

Named after its founder, Josh Wray, whose passion for music ignited an independent hobby of trading records amongst friends, J Wray Records encapsulates the essence of the vinyl resurgence.

Situated at 28 Baines Crescent, the new store boasts a unique charm within its transformed shipping container. Unlike larger establishments, J Wray Records provides an intimate space conducive to leisurely browsing, ensuring that every vinyl exploration is an immersive experience without the hassle of overcrowding.

The custom-made shelves of J Wray Records boast an eclectic mix of musical offerings, from classic Metallica and Blink 182 to contemporary favourites like Taylor Swift, Noah Kahan and Billie Eilish. Prices vary to accommodate all budgets, with options ranging from affordable second-hand gems to coveted box sets and rare editions.

During a visit to J Wray Records, patrons can expect to be greeted by an array of audio treasures, from Audio-Technica turntables to limited edition sound burgers, complemented by a selection of speakers, record cleaners, and more.


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Additionally, the store extends an invitation to the local community to trade in their second-hand records, offering fair prices for valued additions to their collection. And in anticipation of Record Store Day on April 20th, J Wray Records is gearing up to unveil a selection of exclusive titles too, adding to the excitement surrounding its launch.

As J Wray Records becomes a focal point for Torquay’s music aficionados, transitioning from a home-based operation to a public storefront, it stands as a testament to the enduring allure of vinyl in an ever-evolving musical landscape.

Whether browsing in-store or online, J Wray Records invites enthusiasts to embark on a sonic journey, promising a treasure trove of musical delights waiting to be discovered. Open seven days a week, the store is a must-visit for music lovers and those with a soft spot for the timeless allure of vinyl culture.

J Wray Records is located at 28 Baines Crescent and open 7 days a week from 10am. Visit the website here