Overlooking the waters of Port Phillip Bay, Rye is a charismatic seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula. It lies on the doorstep of the Peninsula Hot Springs and Mornington Peninsula National Park, with a great selection of beaches and a laid-back lifestyle.
Things to do in Rye
Take a dip at Rye’s main beach that fronts Port Phillip Bay, with sheltered waters for swimming and a children’s playground. The coastal road that runs parallel is lined with fish-and-chip shops, gelaterias and cafes where you can grab a bite to eat while soaking up the beach and jetty views.
A short stroll west of Rye Jetty takes you to the rocky outcrop of White Cliffs where the reconstructed old Lime Burners Kiln is found. It harks back to the mid-19th century when lime extraction was the primary industry in Rye and offers scenic views from its lookout.
Rye makes a great base for exploring the Mornington Peninsula National Park, which protects a diverse array of coastal landscapes. Embark on one of the many walking trails that wind through the native bushland and across the sand dunes, with soaring basalt cliffs and rugged surf beaches to discover.
Relax and rejuvenate in the mineral spas of the Peninsula Hot Springs set within 17 hectares of lush grasslands and woodlands. The natural therapeutic waters are sourced from deep beneath the Mornington Peninsula, where you can soak in a range of different temperature pools.
Getting around Rye
Rye is around 80 minutes’ drive south of Melbourne and slightly further from Tullamarine International Airport. Having your own vehicle is best for exploring Rye and everything the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.