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Hear, There and Everywhere

It’s alway an enjoyable drive to Ballarat  when we know we are picking up our second year REEF kids! We arrived for a 11am pickup and hit the back to Cottage by the Sea for a late lunch. After we were all fed and settled in we split into groups to try out a new activity – Geocaching. Geocaching […]

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Back to Moulamein

Sunday 23rd September. Ebony, Louis, Locky and Steve climbed in the Cottage busses bright and early en route for our annual Mentor camp at Moulamein, a rural town in New South Wales that is situated along the Edward River. The camp is generously run by the Anderson family who are our amazing sponsors that own APCO Service Stations. The first […]

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A Week With the Cathy Freeman Foundation

We love being part of the Cathy Freeman Horizons Program and the places it takes us. Our most recent camp was in Darwin- the northernmost tropical capital city of Australia, a former frontier outpost gazes across the Timor Sea. It is the gateway to the world renown Kakadu National Park. It has some of the most pristine beachfronts overlooking […]

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I Think I Can, I Think I Can

Each week at Cottage by the Sea is unique. There are new challenges, new achievements and most importantly, new memories. Our recent camp with Tate Street Primary School was one such unique week. We have a long and memorable history with Tate Street Primary School running camps for the past ten years and one of our first REEF groups […]

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24 Hours with Kate and our Mentors

“Hey Kate, can we like live here at the Cottage? Like, seriously, can we? It is just so much fun here and the you leaders are just so welcoming and caring and it’s like my home away from home!” – 13-year-old Mentor, Sophie. There was buzzing in the kitchen as the smell of roast veggies greeted […]

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Climbing For Confidence

7am Friday morning. We were greeted with the all to normal sets of tired and weary eyes that come with an early start. As we jumped aboard the Cottage bus for a long 5-hour drive to the Grampians the questions were firing. How long is the drive? What are we even doing on this camp? […]

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A Winter Blast

Cottage by the Sea has a proud history with Herne Hill Primary School. Each year a lucky group of kids are invited to come for a week of inspiration, fun and opportunity at Cottage by the Sea and despite the chilly weather, we managed to do just that! Camp leaders Ebony and Steve left the Cottage bright […]

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Sydney Sights and Sounds!

Ebony and Bill headed off to the Kings Park pick up point and were greeted by 9 smiling faces.  The young people selected to participate in this incredible opportunity were chosen for a number of reasons. They have been involved and committed to the Cottage by the Sea Mentor Program for up to 4 years. […]

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FOUR days of fun FOR grade FOUR at The Cottage

This week we welcomed nine energetic boys from Leopold Primary.  Ebony and Steve had the pleasure of driving just a short distance to pick them up. Being such a small camp, the boys were fortunate enough to stay at Riptide Cottage. When they arrived, it was straight into the fun. Four days of nonstop adventure […]

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Rain Can’t Dampen Our Enthusiasm

It was a beautiful sunny Tuesday morning as we awaited the arrival of forty-five very excited grade 3\4 students and five teachers from University Park Primary School.  They arrived just before lunch with beaming smiles, ready for their fantastic four days at Cottage by The Sea.  After a tour of The Cottage, and settling in […]

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Discovering a Love For The Coast

Early Monday morning, Sean and Nat headed off to the Yarra Valley region to collect eighteen very excited children. After a long and tiring journey, we returned to The Cottage and were greeted by dinner.  Learning about the camp agreement was on the agenda before a tour of the grounds and a beautiful scenic walk […]

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Surfing Thrills and Cooking Skills

The most beautiful autumn weather provided the perfect start to another exciting camp at Cottage by the Sea.  We welcomed a very excited bunch of children from Woodville Primary School. They arrived ready for fun on Wednesday at lunchtime. After eagerly taking their bags to their rooms and having a quick tour of upstairs, it […]

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Fishing For Creativity

This camp was a short and sharp weekend, jammed packed with fun. Bill, Ebony, Nat and Sean headed down the highway to Ballarat to pick up our second year REEF campers. Once they arrived, bags were placed down, bellies were filled and it was onto the bus to catch the last of the afternoon waves […]

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Look Out Everybody, Our Mentors Have Got This!

Our older group of Mentors are all entering their last few years of high-school and working towards their future goals, education and careers. For us at Cottage by the Sea, it means that we want to do everything we can in our power and will to help support and encourage them through achieving such possibilities […]

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Mentoring the Mentors

Our younger Mentors had been enjoying some sunshine and filling up on some delicious chocolate during their Easter break before coming down for a few days of relaxation, learning and fun at Cottage by the Sea. As an older Mentor, I was more than happy to spend a few days out of my holidays to […]

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New Friends

Here at Cottage by the Sea we love making new friends and we are lucky to be able to do so every week with every new person who makes their way into our hearts. The camp we held this week was no different when we partnered up with Tongala Primary School and 35 of their […]

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A New Year = New REEF Kids

Every year we invite kids from a new region to be part of our REEF Program and every year it is an exciting moment when we get to meet the kids for the first time – after all, this is their first camp of what could be a 7-year journey with Cottage by the Sea! […]

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After A Long Drive We Finally Arrive

It’s one of the biggest drives of the year for our camp leaders, venturing across lengths of Victorian country road, we lastly reach the small town of St Arnaud where 20 children from three different schools within the area were eagerly awaiting to start their big camp adventure with us. It’s not long before they […]