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Invasion of the Elephant Snail

Another perfect day down at Barwon Heads with one of the lowest tides we have ever seen! The campers were extremely excited to get out there and explore. With the tide being so low, it gave us the chance to head right out the back of the rock pools to the area that is usually […]

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Hunt for the Dragon Eggs!

We had a beautiful day here in Queenscliff, 23 degrees and partly cloudy. A perfect day to be outdoors all day. The morning started with a boogey board at the Ocean Grove beach with nice clean waves rolling in. The group partnered up and shared a board between them. Once we were dry and changed […]

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ADVENTURE PARK WITH A TWIST!

Bus was packed and the surf trailer was attached, we were ready to head down to Ocean Grove for a surf.Unfortunately with the air quality being very poor due to the East Gippsland fires all of the beaches on the Bellarine were closed. No more surfing! Plan B was in full force. We had a […]

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An experience like no other

It was Tuesday, mid-December and the All Mentors were on the road to Winnap, a town along the Lower Glenelg National Park. For one Mentor this was going to be an experience like no other. Day 1 involved sleeping on a camping stretcher bed in a garage with carpet on the floor. “We’re not seriously sleeping in […]

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Team Work

This week we had a school group from Corio for a 3day camp, who were eager to get onto the Low Ropes Course. Excitement was high as we finally made it onto the Low Ropes course for their last activity of camp. We were saving the best for last. All the children listened carefully to […]

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Quiksilver Surf Day!

It was a beautiful morning on Wednesday for our annual Quiksilver Surf Day, unlike last year when we had rain and thunderstorms. We arrived down at Cosy Corner Beach in Torquay and we were greeted by eight of Quiksilver’s finest employees who were eager to get in the water with our campers. A short lesson […]

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Can you cross the river?

It was the final day of camp. After being challenged while swimming in the ocean, learning about Point Lonsdale and the Rip, walking from the Queenscliff fort to the Marine and discovering new marine creatures at the Marine & Freshwater Discovery Centre there was one last challenge to overcome for these Grade 3, 4’s and […]

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Saving Tawny Frogmouth

It was raining when the children arrived at the new park in ocean grove. Eager to test out the new play equipment, they waited patiently for the blue sky to come. Once off the bus, they raced to the top of the new spiral slide. Camp Leader Jess and a few children noticed a bird […]

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Super Duper Fun Day!

It has been a long anticipated wait for the Super Duper Fun Park to open in Ocean Grove. This park has been on the Cottage radar for months now with some big hype behind the grand opening. Each week after our surfing and rockpooling sessions, we always make a quick detour to see the progress […]

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A visit from Sammy the Seal

What a surprise for our first day of camp! While exploring the fishing pier in Pt Lonsdale we were visited by a local legend named Sammy the Seal. It is quite rare to see this cheeky character at the pier and it had been months since he has made an appearance. Each week we go […]

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What’s over there?

“What’s over there?” “What’s that place called?” These are a couple of the many questions we have heard at Cottage, from our Mentors over the years, as they have looked across the rip towards Point Nepean. Many of our Mentors have been coming to the Cottage for five to seven years and admired the view as […]

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Reconnecting with friends

On the 22nd of September Camp Leaders Ebony, Louise, Louis and Sean picked up the new Mentors for a 5-day camp to Moulamein, thanks to the generosity of APCO. After a five-hour bus ride we reached camp. Although we all go to different schools and we hadn’t seen each other for quite some time we all connected back […]

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Yabby Yabby You!

Thanks to the generous support of APCO, Cottage by the Sea took a group of our younger Mentors camping this September scholl holidays. On Tuesday morning Ebony, Sean, Pete and Damien took one group yabbying. We had to throw the nets into the water and then pull them out really fast so we didn’t lose any yabbies out […]

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

We had a mission for our rock pool ramble today! The mission was to find as many Sponge Bob Square Pants characters as we possibly could. The children were super excited to take on this task and finding the first character “Mr Krabs” was quite easy! Before we even made it out to the rock […]

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A day full of fishing!

Competition time! This week we had two fishing charters on the program, thanks to the generous support of Kempe & Friends. Both scheduled for Wednesday. We were extremely lucky with the weather, picking out the nicest day of the week. Because we had two charters booked, it was of course going to be a competition […]

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Invasion of the sea urchins!

This week we experienced some king tides and howling winds down in Queenscliff. With weather blowing in like this, we often find that so do some of the local sea creatures. They tend to end up on the beach and out of the water where they are supposed to be! On the first afternoon of […]

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Where is the storm?

What a week! Storms forecasted all week from the Bureau of Meteorology. Temperatures as low as 4 degrees. Snow down to 600m on the forecast! We braced ourselves for a horrible week of freezing temperatures, gale force winds and torrential rain. This was not the case for Queenscliff. In fact, we had a beautiful week […]

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Search for the buried treasure!

Every weekend the ‘pirate’ Captain Red Beard comes along to Cottage and buries some treasure in our sandpit. Full of goodies for the campers to find! This week Captain Red Beard buried a huge amount of treasure, he left a note saying there was up to 7 treasure boxes to be found. The first evening […]