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 childhood. 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.

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.

Listen to his message here.

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 Medallist, Norm 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.

Visiting the Cottage

It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce new groups to the Cottage….

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Cottage Kids Video

See what the kids get up to in a normal week at the Cottage! (Time 1’30”)

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Cottage Information Video

Watch the story of Cottage by the Sea! (Time 5’15”)

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News & Upcoming Events

Check out our latest newsletter for an overview of the last six months happenings at the Cottage. Full details of events are included on our Calendar page.

Christmas Present Wrapping, Tuesday 15th December – Thursday 24th December, 2015 Come down to Market Square, Geelong to get all your Christmas wrapping done. All proceeds will go to supporting children in need at Cottage by the Sea.
Annual Fair, Saturday 16th January, 2016 The Annual Cottage by the Sea Fair will be back and bigger than ever! Join us for a Devonshire Tea and a day for the family.


"Cottage has helped me in many ways from helping me meet new people and friends to building my confidence to a level where I am able to hold a conversation with someone who I normally wouldn’t."

"The relationship that has been built with Cottage By the Sea over a number of years is invaluable and the experiences have enhanced the lives of many of our kids."

"I would probably give Cottage by the Sea a 10 out of 10 and I would say that the Cottage is the best!"


Wish List

Download our Wish List to see how you can help disadvantaged children have a fun-filled week at camp.


Find the answers to questions about Cottage by the Sea.

Sponsor a child

$600 can provide cosy accommodation, nutritious food and fun activities for a disadvantaged child for a week’s camp.


We are fully accredited with the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program