A dreamy seaside locale on the Mornington Peninsula, Rye is as much a holiday destination as it is a place to call home. From the calm waters of the bay that tourists flock to during the warmer months to the rugged coastline of the Bass Strait, it’s an outdoor lover’s wonderland with all the amenities you need.
Running along Nepean Highway and overlooking the foreshore parks and bay is Rye Village, which has a line-up of restaurants, some that shine a spotlight on Asian cuisine and others that feature ocean-fresh seafood. There is a selection of cafes, ice cream parlours and boutiques, plus an open-air market along the foreshore on the first Saturday of every month.
The bay itself is paradise, colourful bathing boxes line the sandy shores, while the water is a veritable playground for swimmers, kayakers, kite surfers and sailing enthusiasts. Divers and snorkelers marvel at the variety of sea life around the pier – from stingrays to octopus to seals. The foreshore reserve is lush bushland, with playgrounds, walking trails, lookouts, and camping grounds. To the other side of Rye, there is a small, unpatrolled ocean beach and clifftop walks.
The Rye skatepark is well-used, and The Dunes Golf Links is one of many golf courses peppered throughout the peninsula. In neighbouring Fingal are the hot springs and day spas – a favourite with the locals and holidaymakers alike. And adding to it all are the holiday homes, caravan park and the camping grounds that sit alongside beautiful coastal homes that this family-friendly bayside town is renowned for.e