Cottage kids checking out the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre The best way to keep warm is winter woollies and best friends. Our staff and Mentor kids taking on the challenge of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. The weather is cold and the water freezing but the smiles are big Side view at Cottage by the Sea Cottage kids checking out the Queenscliff Marina

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 are a charitable organisation that offers 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.

As a children’s charity, 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).

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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 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 our organisations 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.

Our AGM in October, 2014, will start 15 months of celebrations.

Rod Laver – Ambassador

We are very excited to announce Rod Laver as the newest member of our Ambassador team. Rod has already been instrumental in helping raise funds for a new bus for our children's programs and raising awareness for the charity.

"In serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of our future community."

Cottage Appeal

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.

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!