Best Things To Do In Rye, Australia

things to do in rye australia

Select from a variety of local attractions when visiting Rye on the Mornington Peninsula of Australia to make your visit more memorable. Enjoy the beach, the camping sites, the wineries, the hot springs, and the amazing vistas the region offers in abundance for everyone.

1. The Rye Pier

The Rye Pier is a popular place to go fishing and is also an amazing place just to take a stroll at any time of the year. Immerse yourself into the atmosphere of the beautiful sunshine, and soak in the sights and sounds of Rye whilst relishing the fresh local seafood at The Rye Pier Restaurant and Bar.

The Rye Pier is opposite Napier Street, in the shopping district on Point Nepean Road. You can access the pier from several Foreshore car parks, or you can effortlessly walk or cycle there from other parts of Rye.

There is a common pathway for bicycles and walking that allows for travel in both directions from the pier. In the summer season, there are usually several options for boat trips to take from the pier.

As the pier is in the midst of Rye’s busy shopping strip, one can easily reach one of many eatery catering for all palates, from street foods to contemporary restaurants and pubs. One can easily find that their taste buds are gratified at the pier.

2. Rye Foreshore Reserve

Rye has an outstanding camping facility on the foreshore, which is a hit with holiday makers. Several families visit Rye for numerous years in a row and keep coming back due to their love for the reserve and the facilities that it offers. The camping site is merely some meters away from the water and includes a shopping strip, banking facilities, post office, restaurants, take away food shops, a supermarket, and many others amenities are just across the road.

The Rye Foreshore Camping Reserve has a prime location along the 2 km (1.24 mi) white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, with 174 sites. Facilities also include shower and toilet blocks, grassy areas shaded by large trees, play areas for kids, barbecues, and boat launching ramps all nearby Rye Village and just across the road. The Rye Foreshore Reserve is managed by the Shire and is available from the last weekend of October just in time for the Melbourne Cup weekend to April.

Rye Foreshore camping

Website:Rye Foreshore camping

3. Rye Boat Camp

Rye has an excellent boat ramp that is available and easy to use the entire year, as it is protected from the predominantly southerly winds. The views of the water just a few meters away from the shore in Rye make this a worthy destination. You’re welcome to bring your boat and park it within your site. The campground has facilities including shower and toilet blocks, grassy areas, play areas for kids, and barbecues for you to use.

It is located just meters to the West of Rye Pier. There are three ramps side by side to support in launching your boat and coming back to shore as speedily as conceivable. There is a large parking area that caters for parking cars with trailers attached in a safe, off road car park. There is a small jetty beside the ramp to assist with launching and retrieval.

Rye Boat Camp

Website:Rye Boat Camp

4. Lime Burner's Kiln

A 1908 built lime burning kiln for the lime industry for Adelaide South Australia. Kiln is at Wool Bay on Yorke Peninsula.  Lime was used in plaster and cement lime for house building.
Source: Photo by user denisbin used under CC BY-ND 2.0

This rebuilt lime burner’s kiln was constructed as a memorial to one of the major industries for the early settlers in the Rye Peninsula and their rugged enterprise. During the mid-1800’s, natural limestone was quarried in the Rye area. At that time, it was burnt in kilns, such as this, to turn it into lime, which was then transported to Melbourne for usage in the construction industry. The final commercial burning of lime on the Peninsula was carried out in the Rye area.

One can reach here by taking the steps down from the White Cliff, which leads to the Lime Burner’s Kiln. Take another flight of stairs and watch at the kiln from above. The Rotary and Lions Service Clubs erected and sponsored this scheme in 1989 with support from the Bicentennial Authority and the Shire of Flinders.

5. Grace Sullivan Memorial Building

The Grace Sullivan Memorial Building was constructed in the 1920’s after Grace Sullivan, a prevalent young teacher at Rye State School, died of pneumonia when she was just 21 years old. The funds to develop the building were raised by the students and the community. It was used as a changing room until the 1950’s when the students would go to the beach for their swimming lessons. The building has been revamped and painted by affiliates of the Rye Historical Society in combination with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council as a community service project.

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Grace Sullivan Memorial Building

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6. The Cups Estate

The Cups Estate was fashioned and established with the impression of sharing the unique property and the wine produced with others. Situated an hour’s drive south of Melbourne on the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula, the estate boasts a vineyard, cellar, restaurant, and olive grove all on its 30-acre (12.14 hectare) property.

The estate produces an assortment of wines that are handcrafted with refinement and have aptly received high acclaim with gold medals and trophies awarded at numerous wine shows. So, if you are into tasting wines, you can enjoy the sessions alongside eating at the restaurant and enjoying the lovely scenery at The Cups. Relish the experience and take home loving memories of the relaxing time spent here at the estate with your family and friends.

Take advantage of the delightful experiences around the property and select from a series of packages that suit your desires.

The Cups Estate

Website:The Cups Estate

7. Peninsula Hot Springs

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Erected onto the side of a hill in the central Mornington Peninsula, this is were you’ll find unlimited relaxation! The Peninsula Hot Springs is an amazing water utopia, the first natural hot springs and day spa centre in Rye. The natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this award-winning coastal oasis, providing the tranquil atmosphere for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

The theme is the ultimate bathing experiences from around the world all culminated into one place. A succession of bathing pools and other fascinating installations with a Japanese-style influence combined by a walking path through a natural Australian bush and landscaped ponds. The pools are heated and there is also a dry sauna, a Turkish hammam, reflexology pool, cold plunge pools, and a café serving splendid health juices, snacks, and meals.

Currently going through an expansion phase, it is recommended to check with management before booking any packages.

Peninsula Hot Springs

Website:Peninsula Hot Springs

A Place to Unwind

Mornington Peninsula NP Elephant Rock Stevage
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Rye is definitely a place to unwind with soothing views and a laid back atmosphere. You are most definitely going to feel the vibe and enjoy every moment of your time here. Treat yourself to a much needed spa treatment, enjoy the hot springs, and see how the stress in you muscles melts away.

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