Growing up in rural Albury-Wodonga, with it’s dry land and rolling hills has meant the coast has always had a certain wonder and intrigue.

It’s alluring sense of calm and mystery was something my brothers and I only got to explore on family vacation. 

While for the lucky ‘coasties’ it was their life, for us, it was a once a year experience. And for our therapeutic hit of salty ocean air and washing machine swims, the Merediths would descend on the Gold Coast or for a wilder ride, the tumultuous seas of 90 Mile Beach down in Gippsland. Here, the visits to my grandfather were filled with wave-jumping, icy swims and sifting through seaweed-covered-shores in awe of what had been washed up by the high tide. 

This annual taster was never enough. So when I moved to Melbourne in my early 20’s, there was a fair chunk of excitement around being able to properly and regularly explore the rugged beauty of the Victorian Surf Coast. 

when I moved to Melbourne in my early 20’s, there was a fair chunk of excitement around being able to properly and regularly explore the rugged beauty of the Victorian Surf Coast.

My weekends were soon filled with coastal road trips. The car packed to the brim with surfboards, sand ready rugs and the obligatory picnic that could last us from sunrise to sunset. It became the weekend ritual, a sense of normality and one that was filled with so much joy and laughter.

From the famed Bells Beach in Torquay which is the spiritual home of our iconic ROXY to the shores of Ocean Grove where my parents now call home, I will always have a natural affinity for Victoria’s Surf Coast. And, as restrictions ease and borders open again I look forward to spending time with family and friends in this special place. 



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Brooke Meredith

Brooke Meredith, is the passionate founder and Editor-In-Chief of A Conscious Collection Magazine. A glowing representation of wellness, and an advocate for healthy living. Brooke’s passion for health and wellbeing began following the discovery of her own intolerances and health ailments. Her house soon became a hub for recreating healthy versions of her favourite recipes, and soon her home was filled with an abundance of nourishing, nutritious whole foods. A certified Health Coach, Brooke’s passion lies with helping others become the best version of themselves and created A Conscious Collection to nurture, empower and inspire. As an Australian model, Brooke lives and breathes wellness, understanding the direct correlation between looking and feeling your best, which comes with a life in balance. When you can pry her away from working on all things ACC, you’ll find her fleeting around the globe on wellness escapes, enjoying three hour brunch dates with girlfriends and diving mouth first in to her famous healthified chocolate brownies.