The coastal town of Rye is a popular holiday destination nestled between Tootgarook and Blairgowrie. Point Nepean Road is Rye’s main thoroughfare, running parallel to Rye’s main beach. The Rye forshore offers safe sandy, family friendly beaches that are ideal for swimming and boating.
The main retail precinct is located east of Dundas Street and includes a hotel, eateries, a major supermarket, a wide varierty other retailers and great entertainment all year round.
There is also a great choice of accommodation in the area, including camping along the foreshore.
Come and explore Rye Beach like a local…
Rye also has an impressive ocean beach on the Bass Strait coastline, with magnificent walks along the clifftops that form part of the 25 kilometre Coastal Walk through the magnificent Mornington Peninsula National Park that protects this beautiful yet fragile coastline.
There is a jetty, several boat ramps, and attractive foreshore facilities with picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds and walking tracks including part of the 28 kilometre Bay Trail that extends from Safety beach to Portsea. If you enjoy snorkelling then head for the ‘Octopus’s Garden’ at the Rye Pier. This is a 200 metre underwater trail with signage introducing you to the local underwater wildlife. During the summer, Rye’s popular carnival is located beside the pier.
Rye Pier offers beautiful underwater vistas and some of the warmest water in Port Phillip Bay. The water is approximately 6m maximum in depth. Diving at high tide with calm waters offers the best scenery. Underwater it is predominantly sandy around the pier, with small patches of sea grass and once out from the pier it is pure sand bed. Under the pier keep your eyes on the pylons for bottom feeding stingrays, seahorses, spider crabs and octopus, through to a range of fish species. There is also a trail of photographs (known as the Octopuses Garden) attached to the pylons, explaining the various marine life present. Night diving is popular where you are likely to see a plethora of squid, octopus, seahorses and nudibranch. Fishing from the pier is also popular. Public berthing is available for a maximum of 48 hours (vessels to be attended at all times) Other restrictions are detailed on Parks Victoria signage. There is a boat ramp nearby, a terrific playground for the children and calm waters with wide beaches for families to enjoy. Opposite is a shopping area with many eateries, Hotel and boutique shops.
This is also ‘The Cups’ golf region, where sand dunes provide naturally contoured challenges and the sandy soils drain quickly for good year round play. The multi award winning Peninsula Hot Springs is nearby, and is Victoria’s only geo-thermal hot springs.
Rye is approximately a 1 hour and 25 minute drive (100 kilometres) south of Melbourne.
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