Cottage by the Sea is a not-for-profit Australian children’s charity helping more kids lead happy, healthy lives.

Cottage by the Sea is an Australian children’s charity, that aims to give more children more opportunities to have fun, be inspired and broaden their horizons.

Founded in 1890 in Queenscliff, Victoria, Cottage by the Sea provides tailored programs within a holiday environment.  Over a history spanning more than 130 years, our purpose has remained unchanged. In this time we have supported thousands of children toward a better future.

Whatever the program, Take a Break, REEF, Mentor or National, professional staff encourage participants to have fun, take risks and explore options in a safe and supportive setting. During their time at Cottage, children have numerous opportunities to have fun, build positive relationships with peers and adult role models. We seek to assist young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and resilience. This inspires children to remain engaged in education, family and their community.

Schools or support agencies identify children who will benefit from a holiday experience at Cottage by the Sea. There are many reasons children are referred to our Australian children’s charity; some economic, domestic or for mental health.

Our professional team ensure children are active and occupied during their days at Cottage by the Sea.  They visit the beach and many local attractions, such as the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary.  Participants take part in various activities designed to increase their self confidence and encourage them to try new things. We also take older participants offsite to a variety of new environments. Our programs place strong emphasis on co-operation, teamwork and respect for self, others and the environment.

Independent research into the impact of our programs has shown that the children’s increased happiness goes on to benefit their families and school communities. Children’s behaviour improves. They are more engaged at school and in the community. Ultimately, this helps create a better society for all of us.

The impact of Cottage by the Sea can make a positive change that lasts a lifetime.

Read more research about the impact we make.

Watch past and present children of Cottage by the Sea talk about their experiences, in their own words.

Everything we do at Cottage
by the Sea reflects our values: