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.

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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Annual Race Day

This years annual event was a terrific day raising over $20,000 for kids in need…

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Cottage Information Video

Listen to the story of Cottage by the Sea…

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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.

Open House Week, Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November Details to come soon.
Annual General Meeting, Friday 30th October, 2015 Our AGM is held each year at the end of October. Once again our supporters have the opportunity to visit and explore the Cottage, hear all about our year, and enjoy some great food.


"Wow, I can never forget that that place. I went there over 40 years ago and it was the best! Thanks for having a place like Cottage by the Sea."

"I'd like to thank the staff at Cottage by the Sea for providing my son with such a fantastic time. He loved every minute of his time with you."

"Thanks for all the fun at my first REEF program camp. It was unbelievable fun for everyone. I loved all of the staff members who helped me with the activities and pushed me to achieve my best. I can't wait for the next camp."


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