Cottage by the Sea is a not-for-profit Australian children’s charity helping disadvantaged children that receives no government support. Founded in 1890 in Queenscliff, Victoria as the Ministering Children’s League by Annie Hitchcock and Elizabeth Calder, the vision has always been that every child deserves a happy and healthy childhood. Our rich history continues to this day.

Located only a stone's throw from the beach, we aim to empower young people by providing them with with inspiration, fun and opportunity through our four tailored programs – Take A Break, REEF, Mentor and National. The young people who attend are chosen with the help of schools and welfare agencies from all around Australia.

Everything we do at the Cottage reflects Our Values:

  • Respect
  • Adventure
  • Integrity
  • Belonging
  • Community

As we have just under 1,500 kids attending each year, it is a big task running the charity. Cottage by the Sea operates with a Board of Management, staff, branches and a team of dedicated volunteers – who we would be lost without.

If you would like to support the Cottage through a donation or other support we welcome you to get in touch with us.