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Squid-ing Around

It was definitely worth the drive all the way from the Victorian High Country to be a part of the REEF Program for this young participant.

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Following the Great Ocean Road Trail

Winding roads, picturesque ocean views and iconic landmarks graced our Mentors as they explored the Great Ocean Road for a day journey. Maddie was overawed at the beautiful clear blue water and rocky cliff faces on the bus ride from Cottage to Aireys Inlet. The road took a turn inland along the river and amongst […]

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Developing young leaders

Camp Leaders Chook and Sean had set the REEFies a task of navigating their own way around the hiking trail, using the map and their leadership skills. With no technology, no phones, no watches and no access to the time, REEFies were in control of rest stops, lunch and water breaks. Sally was fast to […]

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A stinging good time!

The Weather was fantastic! The sun was booming and we were heading down to the Queenscliff Marina for the morning. We got our walking shoes and hats on, ate some fruit cups and were ready to go! As soon as we got off the cottage bus we saw the big 360Q tower and were amazed […]

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Boogey Boarders Dream

Sunny, 28 degrees and not a single breathe of wind. What a perfect day at the beach boogey boarding. We had both groups scheduled in for a boogey board session. The morning group lucked out on the best part of the day with nice clean waves rolling through all morning. It was hard to keep […]

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The full Cottage by the SEA experience

WOW what a week! The children at Bruthen Primary School had the full seaside experience. Being from a small country town, the children don’t often get to the beach so we decided to jam pack the week in with water activities. Right from the first morning the girls were off on the Gone Fishing charter […]

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Water REEFies

The sun was out, the sky blue, only a whisper of wind and all you could hear were the REEFies* thrilling. After nearly a year long wait between camps, it was time to get our second year REEFies back in the water. Our water REEFies hit the waves for surfing, spilling, chilling and riding to […]

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Sammy the Seal putting on a show!

Usually when we head down to the Queenscliff harbour and walk along the marina we are keeping our eyes peeled for a stingray or two. The stingrays glide along the marina under the boats looking for fish scraps thrown out by the fisherman. Today we had an unexpected guest Sammy the Seal. Usually Sammy is […]

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Familiar face joins the team

Recently we welcomed a very familiar face to join our camp team as a junior camp leader. It was Ebony, a Mentor who has been through our REEF and Mentor program since she was in Grade 6 at Tate Street Primary School. Throughout her seven years in the program at Cottage by the Sea Ebony […]

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Here comes Santa

We had a special guest arriving for an early stop on Tuesday night! It was SANTA! He rolled in on a big red fire truck with all sirens blaring. The children didn’t know what was happening. One camper thought it was an emergency evacuation and started to gather her things. The smile on the children’s […]

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Dolphins! I See dolphins!

Young camper Bryce yelled at the top of his lungs, Dolphins! I see dolphins! As we were walking along the Queenscliff pier the young boy spotted the dolphins about 10 metres off the end of the pier, all of the anglers looked in distress as they saw the dolphins swim past their lines, they all […]

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Welcome aboard!

What an entrance! Merrijig had to our new building, as they arrived by bus we had camera crews set up and ready to go filming that WOW factor to our new building. The camera man had the children driving in on the bus and unpacking the trailer with their luggage for the week. The money […]

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GIRLS RULE!

This week we welcomed our first camp back post-COVID! The entire school of Natte Yallock a small country town located between Ballarat and Bendigo. All 5 students from the school are girls! They were so excited to take over Riptide Cottage for the week. It was only a short stay so we made the most […]

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Rain, Rain Go Away!

It was a drizzly Thursday morning as camp leaders discussed the day’s program. Should we stay indoors, or head outside and hope the drizzle clears? It was decided that although it was a tad wet, it was not cold, so we loaded everyone on the bus, connected the SUP trailer and headed to Barwon Heads […]

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Driving Day!

This week at Cottage, 8 Mentors participated in a morning of driver education. The morning started with a short presentation from the RACV’s Youth Motoring program before the team from ‘I drive safely’ arrived to take the Mentors for a drive on the roads around Queenscliff. After a quick introduction to Craig, Lisa and Robin, […]

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The Adventures of Bentley (The Therapy Dog)

This week we welcomed a different camper, one with some extra fur. Bentley the therapy dog attended camp all week with the Yuille Park children. We drove into the school to see a wagging tail waiting. Bentley had his own harness and seat belt for the bus ride to camp! Once arriving to camp, Bentley […]

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Coming together as a team

For our new REEF participants, this camp would focus on team work, as students came to cottage to experience their first of many camps. On day one, the children headed into splashdown to participate in some water activities. They split into teams, and competed in duck diving, human tunnel ball and noodle races. They all worked […]

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Fun, Fish and Friends!

This week at cottage by the sea we had 17 children from Yuille Park Community College come visit and stay! The children were so excited the second they got off the bus! The morning was filled by a long bus trip and a cottage tour until lunch. After lunch the children got to go explore […]