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 on the coast of Port Phillip. This beach offers safe sandy, family-friendly beaches that are ideal for swimming and boating.
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.
The main concentration of shops is located east of Dundas Street and includes a hotel, eateries, a major supermarket and other retailers. There is also a great variety of accommodation in the area, including camping along the foreshore.
Rye also has an impressive ocean beach on the Bass Strait coastline, with magnificent walks along the clifftops that form part of the 25 kilometres Coastal Walk through the magnificent Mornington Peninsula National Park that protects this beautiful yet fragile coastline. 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.
Rye is approximately a 1 hour and 25-minute drive (100 kilometres) south of Melbourne.