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Exploring Rye

Rye is a cool resort town on the pretty Mornington Peninsula, to the south of Melbourne. Occupying just a few kilometres of seafront at Port Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait, it nonetheless makes for a fun holiday destination, with lots to see nearby and plenty of hotels.

It appeals to all types, including families, as the main beach is shallow and patrolled, while on the other side of the peninsula is a rougher surfing beach. Yachting types have fun here, along with kite surfers, fishermen, and hikers. The Mornington Peninsula National Park itself is home to a variety of terrain, making it conducive to walks, plus there are several decent golf courses in the area.

Sights nearby

This area makes for a delightful break from cosmopolitan Melbourne as it’s all about nature. There are child-friendly beaches and rugged coast with tough surf, along with lovely walking terrain. Rye Foreshore is where most visitors base themselves, with much of the accommodation options and tourist services located here.

Rye Foreshore
This beach is the main attraction, stretching across the resort toward the end of the peninsula. The main one faces Port Phillip—the body of water that fronts Melbourne. Although there is another shoreline on the south of the peninsula, it is not as good for swimming, yet it often attracts surfers. On the north beach are picnic areas and playgrounds, together with walking tracks. Along with swimming and walking are options to snorkel—specifically to the Octopus's Garden Trail—and fishing. Most of the hotels are situated along this stretch of beach, including the quality Plantation House and the Aquabelle Apartments.

Peninsula Hot Springs
Out of town are these stunning mineral springs, fed from under the Mornington Peninsula. Pools and private spas are laid out amid nature, including grasslands and wetlands. The main pools are communal, while private spas are accompanied on site by a cave pool, a Turkish steam bath reflexology walk, plunge pools, and a sauna.

Mornington Peninsula National Park
This diminutive park stretches along the coast and inland on the peninsula, covering both land and sea. It takes in all kinds of terrain up to the cape, including powerful surf beaches, good old Aussie bushland, and woodlands. You can explore all of it in a timely manner if you wish, with good walking, swimming, and activities, along with picnicking and wildlife-spotting. Highlights include Portsea Ocean Beach and the historic Cape Schanck.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Rye is a low-key place, with most of the restaurants and pubs congregated on Point Nepean Road, the main stretch fronting the bay. If you head here, where the road meets with Dundas Street, you’ll find most of the fun, including hotels, supermarket, and eateries. Popular eateries include the Steam Restaurant and the neighboring Rye Wine Lounge, along with the Rye Pier Restaurant & Bar farther west. If you fancy saving on dining, the Rye Beach Holiday Apartments has cooking facilities and there are several supermarkets in town.

Public transport

Rye is just over an hour by car from Melbourne via the M11 freeway. Metro trains run from the city to Frankston and Bittern and then on to Rye, while bus numbers 786, 787, and 788 also serve the area, going via beaches and towns on the way. In addition, you can easily come from the other side of the peninsula via Geelong, with a ferry going from nearby Queenscliff to Sorrento. Getting about Rye is best done on foot as the resort itself is small, although it makes sense to have a bike, at least, to see the peninsula properly. Many visitors rent a car at Melbourne for their time in Rye.