Riptide Cottage is our secondary facility that houses families in our Respite program. Our Respite program provides an opportunity for families to get away from their day-to-day life for a short and restorative seaside break. An increasing number of families have received a respite break in Riptide Cottage. In the 2022-23 financial year, 226 adults and children attended our Respite program.

In 2024, Riptide Cottage is undergoing a redevelopment that will enable Cottage by the Sea to support an additional 700 children each year. During the Riptide Cottage redevelopment, Cottage by the Sea is unable to offer its Respite program to families.

Vance Joy supports Riptide Cottage

In 2023, we were thrilled to have Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy donate much-needed funds towards the redevelopment of Riptide Cottage. Fair Harbour, a sustainable beachwear brand, created a limited-edition collection with Vance Joy and generously donated $56,842 from the proceeds of the collection to Cottage. The funds will be put towards an indoor slide and welcome area in the soon-to-be developed Riptide Cottage (see image above), which will enable us to continue to provide even more respite holidays to children, families and caregivers in need. Vance Joy has a strong connection to Riptide, having holidayed there as a child with his family. His time at Riptide actually inspired the name of his hugely successful song “Riptide”.

Feedback from Riptide Cottage

  • “I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and Cottage by the Sea for having us last school holidays at Riptide. The boys and I had the most amazing opportunity to have a break, and reconnect as a family. We loved the Riptide accommodation, as it had a lovely, relaxed, family feel to it, with the boys loving the soccer game. We also loved the playground, and the closeness to the beach. It was greatly appreciated. Thank you again.”
  • “Thank you so, so much for the amazing getaway that we got to enjoy. The place was absolutely beautiful, the people there were so kind and so thoughtful – very giving and great for advice on what to do. We had an absolutely amazing time. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
  • “Thank you for the information and lending me Riptide this weekend. Means a lot for the boys to have some mum time when she’s hurt and relax together.”
  • “The kids and I had the best weekend. The kids spent the weekend swimming in the beach and playing all day in the sun. It was a beautiful house to stay at and we also visited the cafe and shopping strip. The kids kept saying they love the beach and they had the best time on the weekend. Thank you so very much for the opportunity. I am so grateful for the time I spent with my kids in Queenscliff.”
  • “I want to tell everyone the happiness brought to my little family by offering me this holiday. I’m really thankful and I appreciate all you’ve done to make my little kids enjoy this weekend. Thank you so much.”
  • “This place is awesome! Staff are amazing, as well as the Riptide Cottage. My eight-year-old son and I needed this getaway so much! Really appreciate the generosity. We’ve had a wonderful time, packed full of fun and laughter. Pt Lonsdale Rock Pools are worth exploring. Plenty of family-friendly activities. A big thank you! Hope Cottage by the Sea is here for many years to come.”
  • “Thank you so much for having us. We had a really special time. I have never seen Ollie* so excited. He said this is his favourite place ever and he is the luckiest kid in the world. Thank you.”

*Name has been changed.