Thank you for helping to provide inspiration, fun and opportunities for disadvantaged young people. The low ropes course encourages co-operation and teamwork as the kids take up the challenge! Building sand castle at Cottage by the Sea Winter fun in the water balancing on the paddleboards Side view at Cottage by the Sea There is always something to find on a visit to the beach

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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Welcome to our new Patron

It is with great excitement that we welcome Frank Costa OAM as the new patron of Cottage by the Sea. Frank has been involved with the Cottage for many years and throughout this time has gained the opportunity to meet staff, board members and supporters and see firsthand how the Cottage by the Sea helps disadvantaged young people.

We are very grateful to Cathy Freeman for the enormous work she has done for us for 10 years as our patron. We wish her all the best with her Cathy Freeman Foundation and the demands of a young family and look forward to her continued involvement via her Horizons program.

Fizz for Kids Fundraising Initiative

Cottage Ambassador Jimmy Bartel launches the Fizz for Kids fundraising campaign for the upcoming summer holiday season. The campaign revolves around the idea of sharing some fizz - champagne, beer, soft drink, soda water, whatever - with friends and family while raising funds for disadvantaged kids.

You could consider holding an event instead of spending money on gifts or parties.

If you are interested in hosting a Fizz for Kids event please contact Cottage Ambassador, Jade Augustine - jade@planitroxie.com.au or 0408 489 602

Download the Fizz For Kids Event Pack here

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!