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Rye - Things to see and do nearby
The coastal town of Rye is a popular holiday destination nestled between Tootgarook and Blairgowrie. Point Nepean Road is Rye's main thoroughfare, running parallel to Rye's main beach on the coast of Port Phillip. This beach offers safe sandy, family friendly beaches that are ideal for swimming and boating. There is a jetty, several boat ramps, and attractive foreshore facilities with picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds and walking tracks including part of the 28 kilometre Bay Trail that extends from Safety beach to Portsea. If you enjoy snorkelling then head for the ‘Octopus’s Garden’ at the Rye Pier. This is a 200 metre underwater trail with signage introducing you to the local underwater wildlife. During the summer, Rye's popular carnival is located beside the pier. The main concentration of shops is located east of Dundas Street and includes a hotel, eateries, a major supermarket and other retailers. Rye also has an impressive ocean beach on the Bass Strait coastline, with magnificent walks along the clifftops that form part of the 25 kilometre Coastal Walk through the magnificent Mornington Peninsula National Park that protects this beautiful yet fragile coastline. This is also ‘The Cups’ golf region, where sand dunes provide naturally contoured challenges and the sandy soils drain quickly for good year round play. The multi award winning Peninsula Hot Springs is nearby, and is Victoria’s only geo-thermal hot springs. Rye is approximately a 1 hour and 25 minute drive (100 kilometres) south of Melbourne.
Ascend the summit of the highest viewpoint on the peninsula for breathtaking views, muddling mazes and stunning ornamental gardens. A visit up the 304-metre granite hill of Arthurs Seat is a peninsula ritual dating back to settlement. Soak up the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, golden beaches, Melbourne's skyline and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas. Enjoy a picnic or barbeque among the William Ricketts sculptures in Seawinds ornamental gardens, before setting off on one of the many walking tracks through Arthurs Seat State Park, or the one-hour circuit walk to Kings Falls. Lose yourself in the Enchanted Maze Garden and its 20 themed gardens. Admire the topiary and stop for a picnic in the Sculpture Park Walk. Arthurs Seat is a short 20 minute drive from our place .
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Arthurs Seat
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Ascend the summit of the highest viewpoint on the peninsula for breathtaking views, muddling mazes and stunning ornamental gardens. A visit up the 304-metre granite hill of Arthurs Seat is a peninsula ritual dating back to settlement. Soak up the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, golden beaches, Melbourne's skyline and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas. Enjoy a picnic or barbeque among the William Ricketts sculptures in Seawinds ornamental gardens, before setting off on one of the many walking tracks through Arthurs Seat State Park, or the one-hour circuit walk to Kings Falls. Lose yourself in the Enchanted Maze Garden and its 20 themed gardens. Admire the topiary and stop for a picnic in the Sculpture Park Walk. Arthurs Seat is a short 20 minute drive from our place .
As Australia’s #1 golf destination, golfers simply adore it because of the incredible diversity presented by 15 clubs with 19 links, parkland and resort courses. And when it’s only a few minutes’ drive between each course, you can pack in a lot of golf. You can play at any time to
Sorrento Gulf Club
As Australia’s #1 golf destination, golfers simply adore it because of the incredible diversity presented by 15 clubs with 19 links, parkland and resort courses. And when it’s only a few minutes’ drive between each course, you can pack in a lot of golf. You can play at any time to
Since 1975 the iconic Red Hill Community Market is the place to be on the first Saturday of the month from September to May. Stallholders are masters of their trade, all products offered being expertly made and professionally presented with an essence of the maker’s humility evident. A whole range of exciting foods and beverages are represented, all fresh and tempting. Expect seasonal local fruits and benches full of home grown vegetables. A huge selection of unique culinary delights make a mouth watering taste feast. Consider original design pieces for the garden made from materials such as wrought iron and bronze feature. There is a good range of plants and colourful fresh flowers. Parking is simple, straight forward and close by. Stallholders are renowned for their hospitality, so leaving full shopping bags for last minute pickup is usually no problem. A must do if the market falls on the day of your stay
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Red Hill Market
266 Arthurs Seat Rd
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Since 1975 the iconic Red Hill Community Market is the place to be on the first Saturday of the month from September to May. Stallholders are masters of their trade, all products offered being expertly made and professionally presented with an essence of the maker’s humility evident. A whole range of exciting foods and beverages are represented, all fresh and tempting. Expect seasonal local fruits and benches full of home grown vegetables. A huge selection of unique culinary delights make a mouth watering taste feast. Consider original design pieces for the garden made from materials such as wrought iron and bronze feature. There is a good range of plants and colourful fresh flowers. Parking is simple, straight forward and close by. Stallholders are renowned for their hospitality, so leaving full shopping bags for last minute pickup is usually no problem. A must do if the market falls on the day of your stay
As one of the many back ocean beaches that string together as part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park and day hike, this is a rugged, pristine locals beach , that is a well kept secret. It has huge crashing waves and amazing rock pools to explore when the tide is out. Note - Like many of the ocean back beaches along this stretch, it isn’t monitored and is swimming is unsafe.
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Rye Ocean Beach
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As one of the many back ocean beaches that string together as part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park and day hike, this is a rugged, pristine locals beach , that is a well kept secret. It has huge crashing waves and amazing rock pools to explore when the tide is out. Note - Like many of the ocean back beaches along this stretch, it isn’t monitored and is swimming is unsafe.
Rye Pier offers beautiful underwater vistas and some of the warmest water in Port Phillip Bay. The water is approximately 6m maximum in depth. Diving at high tide with calm waters offers the best scenery. Underwater it is predominantly sandy around the pier, with small patches of sea grass and once out from the pier it is pure sand bed. Under the pier keep your eyes on the pylons for bottom feeding stingrays, seahorses, spider crabs and octopus, through to a range of fish species. There is also a trail of photographs (known as the Octopuses Garden) attached to the pylons, explaining the various marine life present. Fishing from the pier is also popular.
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Rye Pier
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Rye Pier offers beautiful underwater vistas and some of the warmest water in Port Phillip Bay. The water is approximately 6m maximum in depth. Diving at high tide with calm waters offers the best scenery. Underwater it is predominantly sandy around the pier, with small patches of sea grass and once out from the pier it is pure sand bed. Under the pier keep your eyes on the pylons for bottom feeding stingrays, seahorses, spider crabs and octopus, through to a range of fish species. There is also a trail of photographs (known as the Octopuses Garden) attached to the pylons, explaining the various marine life present. Fishing from the pier is also popular.
Things to do - Visit the lighthouse museum - Take a guided tour of the historic lighthouse - See some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne when you follow the Bushrangers Bay Nature Walk (allow two hours) - Take a walk to the tip of Cape Schanck and see Pulpit Rock and spectacular basalt cliffs - Enjoy your lunch at The Pines Picnic Area, where there are electric barbecues - Observe marine life in the rock pools Heritage The Cape Schanck Lighthouse has served shipping since 1859. It was built from dressed limestone and sandstone and is significant because the original mechanisms are still in place.
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Cape Schanck Lighthouse
420 Cape Schanck Rd
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Things to do - Visit the lighthouse museum - Take a guided tour of the historic lighthouse - See some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne when you follow the Bushrangers Bay Nature Walk (allow two hours) - Take a walk to the tip of Cape Schanck and see Pulpit Rock and spectacular basalt cliffs - Enjoy your lunch at The Pines Picnic Area, where there are electric barbecues - Observe marine life in the rock pools Heritage The Cape Schanck Lighthouse has served shipping since 1859. It was built from dressed limestone and sandstone and is significant because the original mechanisms are still in place.
Point Nepean is truly one of Victoria's beautiful natural landscapes. A special place with so much to see and discover. Point Nepean National Park has a rich history and played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. The park is located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula, with outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay. Explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, view the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing or simply enjoy the coastal surrounds.
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Point Nepean National Park
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Point Nepean is truly one of Victoria's beautiful natural landscapes. A special place with so much to see and discover. Point Nepean National Park has a rich history and played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. The park is located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula, with outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay. Explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, view the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing or simply enjoy the coastal surrounds.
A short 7 minute drive is the township of Sorrento . The crescent-shaped Sorrento front beach offers a white sand beach and shallow waters making it ideal for swimming and other water activities. Here you will find the Sorrento Pier and the departure point for the popular car and passenger ferry to Queenscliff, as well as fishing trips, seal and dolphin watching excursions, sight-seeing cruises, yacht charters and diving trips.
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Sorrento
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A short 7 minute drive is the township of Sorrento . The crescent-shaped Sorrento front beach offers a white sand beach and shallow waters making it ideal for swimming and other water activities. Here you will find the Sorrento Pier and the departure point for the popular car and passenger ferry to Queenscliff, as well as fishing trips, seal and dolphin watching excursions, sight-seeing cruises, yacht charters and diving trips.
Explore the fields and taste the essence of Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm at the largest producer of strawberries in Australia. Nestled in the beautiful hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula right in the heart of its thriving wine region, they welcome you to explore the fields and pick your own world famous Sunny Ridge Strawberries between the months November and May. Be tempted by their homemade fruit ice creams, heavenly berry inspired desserts and refreshments while relaxing in the cafe.
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Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
244 Shands Rd
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Explore the fields and taste the essence of Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm at the largest producer of strawberries in Australia. Nestled in the beautiful hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula right in the heart of its thriving wine region, they welcome you to explore the fields and pick your own world famous Sunny Ridge Strawberries between the months November and May. Be tempted by their homemade fruit ice creams, heavenly berry inspired desserts and refreshments while relaxing in the cafe.
Relaxation / Spa
Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, just a 7 minute drive from our place. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Bath House is a social bathing area and features over 50 globally inspired bathing experiences. These include a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish hamam and hilltop pool with 360-degree views of the region. Bath House Amphitheatre includes seven geothermal pools, an ice cave, two saunas, open air stage, café and wellness centre. Spa Dreaming Centre is a blissful sanctuary with an emphasis on tranquil spaces, designed for guests 16 years and older. Experiences include thermal mineral pools, cold plunge pool, massaging bamboo showers, traditional sauna, Moroccan hamam, Zen Chi massage, infrared sauna, hanging tree pods and poolside lounges.
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Peninsula Hot Springs
140 Springs Ln
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Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, just a 7 minute drive from our place. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Bath House is a social bathing area and features over 50 globally inspired bathing experiences. These include a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish hamam and hilltop pool with 360-degree views of the region. Bath House Amphitheatre includes seven geothermal pools, an ice cave, two saunas, open air stage, café and wellness centre. Spa Dreaming Centre is a blissful sanctuary with an emphasis on tranquil spaces, designed for guests 16 years and older. Experiences include thermal mineral pools, cold plunge pool, massaging bamboo showers, traditional sauna, Moroccan hamam, Zen Chi massage, infrared sauna, hanging tree pods and poolside lounges.
Playgrounds
Located on the Rye Foreshore opposite the Rye town centre and close to Rye Pier, boat ramps and car parking, the Rye Foreshore Reserve includes toilets, bbq facilities, picnic areas and a large playground. The playground includes: Wooden adventure playground Close to beach on foreshore reserve with nearby barbecue, toilets and picnic tables Fully fenced with a seaside theme Tunnel Slides Flying fox Climbing ropes Swings
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Rye Foreshore Playground
2376 Point Nepean Rd
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Located on the Rye Foreshore opposite the Rye town centre and close to Rye Pier, boat ramps and car parking, the Rye Foreshore Reserve includes toilets, bbq facilities, picnic areas and a large playground. The playground includes: Wooden adventure playground Close to beach on foreshore reserve with nearby barbecue, toilets and picnic tables Fully fenced with a seaside theme Tunnel Slides Flying fox Climbing ropes Swings
Sorrento Park Playground is located within very spacious surroundings overlooking Port Philip Bay. Surrounding features include: a network of walking/cycle path, toilet block, BBQ’s, car parks, picnic benches, seats, a large rotunda, outdoor table tennis table, informative signage, water tap and lots of natural shade from nearby trees. The main focus of the play area is a large wooden structure that resembles a castle promoting imaginative play. The main structure has a maze of tunnels, gangways and steps and play elements such as two sand pits, a fireman's pole, a ticket purchasing counter, nautically themed play elements, chimes, abacus, ringed bridge, gliding fox, chin up bar, balancing ropes, climbing net, four slides (ranging from one for toddlers to a three metre wave slide).
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Sorrento Park
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Sorrento Park Playground is located within very spacious surroundings overlooking Port Philip Bay. Surrounding features include: a network of walking/cycle path, toilet block, BBQ’s, car parks, picnic benches, seats, a large rotunda, outdoor table tennis table, informative signage, water tap and lots of natural shade from nearby trees. The main focus of the play area is a large wooden structure that resembles a castle promoting imaginative play. The main structure has a maze of tunnels, gangways and steps and play elements such as two sand pits, a fireman's pole, a ticket purchasing counter, nautically themed play elements, chimes, abacus, ringed bridge, gliding fox, chin up bar, balancing ropes, climbing net, four slides (ranging from one for toddlers to a three metre wave slide).
Walks
This stunning cliff top walk has historic significance as it was the first time the Union Jack was used to claim possession of Australia. The breathtaking water views across Port Phillip to the Bellarine Peninsula, Melbourne and Mount Dandenong are amazing. Also you will get an insight into how Melbourne's elite spend time at their summer mansions. Millionaires Walk makes up a small part of the Sorrento Portsea Artists’ Trail, with four of the fourteen sites that comprise the trail located along Millionaires Walk. Paintings by Sir Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd and Ray Hodgkinson are displayed along the walk. Address: 7 Point King Road Portsea Victoria 3944 Start/Finish: Although there are gates at both ends of the track and at points along the way, there is a public right-of-way along the easement. Route Information: One way Start Location: Lentell Avenue Sorrento Victoria 3943 End Location: Point King Road Sorrento Victoria 3943 Distance: 1 KMS Time to Complete: 1 HRS Facilities: Lookouts
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Millionaire's Walk
3498A Point Nepean Rd
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This stunning cliff top walk has historic significance as it was the first time the Union Jack was used to claim possession of Australia. The breathtaking water views across Port Phillip to the Bellarine Peninsula, Melbourne and Mount Dandenong are amazing. Also you will get an insight into how Melbourne's elite spend time at their summer mansions. Millionaires Walk makes up a small part of the Sorrento Portsea Artists’ Trail, with four of the fourteen sites that comprise the trail located along Millionaires Walk. Paintings by Sir Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd and Ray Hodgkinson are displayed along the walk. Address: 7 Point King Road Portsea Victoria 3944 Start/Finish: Although there are gates at both ends of the track and at points along the way, there is a public right-of-way along the easement. Route Information: One way Start Location: Lentell Avenue Sorrento Victoria 3943 End Location: Point King Road Sorrento Victoria 3943 Distance: 1 KMS Time to Complete: 1 HRS Facilities: Lookouts
Scenic drive
Take a drive up to the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula and continue on through the beautiful hinterland region. Along the way you might like to stop off one of the many lookouts on the winding road to the Arthurs Seat summit, pop in to the pretty and historic Seawinds Gardens, enjoy one of the popular attractions, or one of the many wineries that the Mornington Peninsula is so famous for. This drive showcases some of the best views over Port Phillip that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer and is a must for first time visitors. Address: 2 McCulloch Street Dromana Victoria 3936 Route Information: Circuit Start Location: 2 McCulloch Street Dromana Victoria 3936 End Location: 795 Arthurs Seat Road Arthurs Seat Victoria 3936 Distance: 20 KMS Time to Complete: 1 HRS Facilities: Barbecue, Carpark, Lookouts, Picnic Area, Public Toilet, Shaded Area
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Arthurs Seat Lookout
791 Arthurs Seat Rd
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Take a drive up to the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula and continue on through the beautiful hinterland region. Along the way you might like to stop off one of the many lookouts on the winding road to the Arthurs Seat summit, pop in to the pretty and historic Seawinds Gardens, enjoy one of the popular attractions, or one of the many wineries that the Mornington Peninsula is so famous for. This drive showcases some of the best views over Port Phillip that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer and is a must for first time visitors. Address: 2 McCulloch Street Dromana Victoria 3936 Route Information: Circuit Start Location: 2 McCulloch Street Dromana Victoria 3936 End Location: 795 Arthurs Seat Road Arthurs Seat Victoria 3936 Distance: 20 KMS Time to Complete: 1 HRS Facilities: Barbecue, Carpark, Lookouts, Picnic Area, Public Toilet, Shaded Area