Rye

Follow this link to view Go Coastal’s Rye Accommodation, as well as nearby Tootgarook for great affordable holiday accommodation.

This section of the Peninsula is perhaps the most eclectic, known for its luxury day spas, hot springs, and award winning public golf courses, but also live music and the foreshore carnival. You are sure to find something to suit everyone.

The Main Shopping Strip in Rye has it all: ice cream, cafes, restaurants, supermarket, clothing stores, bait and tackle shops, pharmacy – everything you could possibly need! Running along Point Nepean Rd, right across the street from the foreshore reserve, public BBQ facilities and playgrounds, and of course the crystal clear waters of the Bay.

Things to do Outdoors in Rye:

  • The Back of Rye is home to some of the best surf spots in Victoria. We recommend 16th Beach in Rye as a fantastic place to experience the wild wonders and rugged beauty of the Bass Strait coastline. At the corner of Tasman Dr and Browns Rd you’ll find the carpark and access to walking tracks which lead to the beach or along the dune walking tracks above the sandstone cliffs. We recommend grabbing a morning coffee at 16th Beach Cafe and walking along the track toward the famous Lizard Head Rock. Best to go at low tide so you can explore the rock shelf on the beach and walk the full length of the sandy shore. 
  • If you’re feeling adventurous give the Scuba Doctors a call and organise a dive trip accompanied by a professional and local expert or get kitted out with all the necessary gear and snorkel around the rock pools. We recommend caution when snorkelling at the back beach. Please always stick to rock pools as the beach is unpatrolled and often hazardous due to strong rips and large waves.

Things to do Indoors in Rye:

  • Visit Hillock Downs Farm Gate in Rye: for over 100 years Hillock Downs has sat atop the rolling hills of prime farmland in Rye. Their dedication to sustainable and traditional farming produces delicious grass fed beef, preservative free products, and locally grown veggies. Eddie and Sally love and respect their animals and work tirelessly to promote ethically farmed beef.
  • Dundas Street Shops: near the Back Beach, the Dundas Street shops are a local stapple with Store 360 (artisanal products and fresh food in every direction); Hunter Vegan Cafe; the Corner Store with the best chips and gravy on the Peninsula, a Bottle shop, a discount Surf and swimwear shop, and a Pizzeria.
  • Live Music: There is a little pocket of culture rising out of an industrial estate in Rye where you’ll find Penny Ave, a vodka distillery with live music and DJs, and Moonah Arts Collective, a recording studio that has opened its gates to the community and puts on garage style gigs with local and Melbourne talent at the helm. The atmosphere is definitely one for the love of music. Some other local staples are Ha Ba, Sound Bar, and the Rye Hotel, all on the foreshore.

Rye Restaurants