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Australian Children’s Charities

Cottage by the Sea is a non-government, not-for-profit registered charity that provides inspiration, fun and opportunities for disadvantaged young people in a positive, healthy, seaside environment.  Our vision is that every child deserves a happy and a healthy life.

We offer children and young people Inspiration, Fun and Opportunity through diverse programs offered in a wide range of environments. During their camp experience, we provide opportunities for building positive relationships with peers and adult role models to help participants learn and grow. Whatever the program, Take a Break, REEF or Mentor, participants are encouraged to have fun, take risks and explore options in a safe and supportive setting. We seek to assist young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and resilience, inspiring them to remain engaged in education, family and their community and to achieve their goals.


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Ambassador Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone is proud to be an Ambassador for Cottage by the Sea. We are one of his three chosen charities.

Listen to his message below about how you can provide an experience of a lifetime for a child in need.

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Ambassador Jimmy Bartel

Jimmy Bartel plays for the Geelong Cats and has a long list of accolades and achievements. He is a triple premiership player, a Brownlow MedallistNorm Smith Medallist, and a two-time All-Australian.

Jimmy Bartel is a proud Ambassador and supporter of Cottage by the Sea.

Listen to his message here.

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Visiting the Cottage

It’s been a busy start to the year. We’ve had groups of fantastic kids every week, first aid training days and many great fundraising events (click here to have a look). But what we don’t mention usually is all the community groups from around Victoria that pop in for a morning tea, tour and talk on the history of Cottage by the Sea.

It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce new groups to Cottage by the Sea and share our story. So if you’re involved in a group and would like to visit, please get in contact and we will do our best to find a day and time that suits! You can find more information on our, Visit the Cottage page.

Pictured are the ladies from the, Balcombe Ladies Probus Club who came and enjoyed some scones and a cup of tea.

Annual Race Day

It’s almost that time of year again for the annual Cottage by the Sea Race Day and to make it extra special, we will be celebrating 125 years as a seaside charity! So get ready to put on your finest frock or suit and join us in raising funds to help us continue to provide inspiration, fun and opportunity to children in need!

This year’s special event will be held on Friday May 29 at the Geelong Race Club and will be hosted by none other then the hilarious, Dale Vine from “The Block” and Geelong's own, Roxie Bennett. Click here for more information on the event and purchasing tickets.

Cottage Information Video

Listen to the story of Cottage by the Sea and find out how you can help bring inspiration, fun and opportunity into the lives of disadvantaged children. Also included is a message from our new patron, Frank Costa.

Cottage by the Sea has been located in the same magnificent location in Queenscliff for almost 125 years. We originally catered for convalescing children, evolving over time to now provide fun-filled programs for children marginalised for a wide range of reasons.

You can donate now to help us continue to give kids an experience of a lifetime!