Jimmy Bartel with Cottage by the Sea kids at beach Cottage by the Sea kids at the water park Snorkelling at Children's charities Cottage by the Sea Cottage by the Sea low ropes course

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Australian Children’s Charities

Cottage by the Sea is a non-government, registered charity that empowers disadvantaged children by supporting them in developing their self-esteem, health and well-being. We offer weekly camp programs in a safe, enjoyable and relaxed seaside holiday environment, encouraging children to celebrate their own success and that of others. Our vision is that every child deserves a happy and a healthy life.

We offer camps to children marginalised for a wide range of reasons, e.g. family breakdown and/or dysfunction, domestic violence, emotional/physical trauma, social/economic disadvantage, cultural disadvantage, refugee status or lack of educational opportunities. Over 1,200 children each year enjoy the experience of a lifetime at Cottage by the Sea.

Our programs emphasise co-operation and respect and encourage children to be healthy, active, happy and secure. Children are given the opportunity to participate in a range of leadership and outreach programs in a positive, friendly, healthy, seaside environment. Cottage by the Sea offers a number of camp programs, ranging from once-off camps (Take a Break) to ongoing support, engagement and leadership programs (REEF and Mentor).

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 is currently Vice Captain of 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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Cottage by the Sea 125th anniversary

2015 will mark the 125th anniversary of Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff, so keep an eye out for the celebrations!

In preparation for this milestone we are collecting and collating images, stories, memorabilia, notes, etc about our rich history.

So if you and/or any of your friends or family have anything to add to our story we would love to hear from you.


School holiday camps

School holidays are upon us again and we have 40 lucky kids staying with us for the first week and 25 Mentors for the second week. There may not be much sunshine left but they are still keen to get into wetsuits and into the water. And then back to the Cottage to warm up in scarves, beanies and mittens or sox and rugs donated by our many faithful knitters and crochet experts.

We have also been given lots of Easter eggs and bunnies for egg hunts for the two weeks.

Open Garden Day

Our Bellarine Branch ran an Open Garden Day at four gardens around the Bellarine Peninsula, on Sunday 6th April, from 10am - 4.30 pm.

SEAVIEW, 965 Portarlington Rd, Curlewis
HERMSLEY, 25 Avila Rd, Curlewis
35 SCOTCHMANS Rd, Bellarine
BRAMBLEDALE FARM, 2115 Portarlington Rd, Drysdale

The day was a huge success, with perfect weather and big crowds. Thanks to all the ladies and their families and friends for raising almost $33,000 to help lucky kids attend our seaside camps and programs.