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 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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Costa Georgiadis Set to Visit!

We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting the amazing Costa at Cottage by the Sea on, Friday 27 of February!

Costa who is best known as the host for ABC's television show, Gardening Australia will be giving a special talk on gardening and sustainability.

So come and visit us in Queenscliff as Costa talks to the kids about the wonders of eating homegrown healthy foods!

"Costa's World is a portal for the gardening & sustainability groups, people and activities that I support and am inspired by. Come in and see what's doing! Learn about gardening and push your perspective. This is about challenging yourself, and having a closer look at what opportunities exist everywhere around us in our garden planet." - http://costasworld.org/

The African Children’s Choir

We are proud to be a sponsor of this amazing event. The African Children’s Choir will be returning to Australia in April showcasing the incredible talents of Africa’s youth.

The African Children’s Choir began in 1984 to try and make a meaningful difference to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda. The choir has since showed the world that Africa’s most vulnerable children have beauty, dignity and unlimited ability!

The children will be performing at the South Barwon Civic Centre in Geelong at 7pm on Friday, April 10, with tickets starting at $15. See the Flyer for more details.

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!