Piers and Jetties

Walk the planks

With water on three sides there are piers and jetties scattered along the western and eastern coastlines of the Mornington Peninsula. Some made of wood, others more modern alongside marinas and yacht moorings. there is even on with an underwater snorkelling trail. Most allow fishing and these waters are bountiful indeed. Top Tip: Make sure to have your own fishing licence if you are an adult.

Rye Pier

If you are a recreational snorkeler, Rye Pier offers beautiful underwater vistas and some of the warmest water in Port Phillip Bay. The water is approx. 6m max in depth. Try to dive at high tide with calm waters for the best scenery.  Under the pier keep your eyes on the pylons for everything from 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.
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 as far as the eye can see.

This is a very popular night diving spot and is easily accessible from the car park.  During a night dive you are likely to see a plethora of squid, some octopus, seahorses and nudibranch.
Public berthing is available on Rye Pier for a maximum of 48 hours (vessels should 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,  all opposite a popular shopping area with plenty of eateries and boutique shops.

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Point Nepean Road, opposite Napier Street
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Adjacent to the pier (ticket parking may apply).