About Rye.
 
Rye is both a wonderful place to live and a great place to holiday. The life style for residents is relaxed and enjoyable. There are a huge range of activities available for people of all ages to become involved in, certainly something to please everyone. The unspoilt and spectacular beaches are one of the special features of Rye, and the beaches are certainly one of the reasons why Rye is so popular as a holiday destination. To learn more about Rye now, and about Rye's history, explore this page further.
 
The Rye Historical Society:
Rye has an excellent Historical Society which is located at the Old School House, Rye Primary School, Collingwood Street, Rye.  Open on Sundays from 2:00pm until 4;00pm
 
Rye Pier:   (pictured above.)
Rye Pier is a popular place to go fishing and is a great place just to take a stroll at any time of the year. The Pier is opposite Napier Street in the shopping precinct on Point Nepean Road. You can access the pier from several Foreshore car parks, or you can easily walk or cycle there from other parts of Rye. There is a shared pathway (for bicycles and walking) that continues in both directions from the Pier. There are usually several options for boat trips to do from the pier over the summer season. For more details - see the Things to do in Rye page.
 
Rye Foreshore Reserve:   (Camping)
Rye has an excellent camping facility on the Foreshore which is very popular with holiday makers. Many families have been coming to Rye for a number of years and keep coming back because they love it so much. Your site will be only metres from the water. the shopping strip including banking facilities, Post office, restaurants, take away food shops, a supermarket, clothes shops and many others are just across the road. Details about camping on the Foreshore Reserve will be listed on the Accommodation page.
 
Rye Boat Ramp:
Rye has an excellent boat ramp that is accessible and easy to use all year round and well protected from the prevailing southerly winds. It is situated just metres to the West of Rye Pier. There is a large parking area that caters for parking cars with trailers attached in a safe, off road car park. There are three ramps side by side to assist in launching and retrieving as quickly as possible. There is a small jetty beside the ramp to assist with launching and retrieval.
Launching/parking fees apply - Annual passes are available from the Council. Alternatively daily tickets can be purchased by phone. Details are on signs near the ramp.
 

White Cliffs:

White Cliffs is a rocky cliff outcrop on a small hill about a kilometre to the West of Rye Pier. There are steps leading to a lookout area at the top of the cliff. While it is probably less than one hundred feet high, the views both to the East towards Arthur's Seat and West towards Blairgowrie are quite stunning on a sunny day.
 

Reconstructed Lime Burners Kiln:

This reconstructed lime burner's kiln was built as a tribute to one of the major industries for the early settlers in the Rye area. During the mid 1800's, natural limestone was mined in the Rye area. It was then burnt in kilns such as this, to turn it into lime which was then shipped to Melbourne for use in the building industry. The last commercial burning of lime on the Peninsula was carried out in the Rye area.
The Rotary and Lions Service Clubs erected and funded this project in 1989 with assistance for the Bicentennial Authority and the Shire of Flinders.
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From White Cliffs lookout looking West towards Blairgowrie.

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From White Cliffs lookout looking East towards Arthur's Seat.

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Reconstructed Lime Burner's Kiln.

 
 
Grace Sullivan Memorial Building:
The Grace Sullivan Memorial building was built in the 1920's after Grace Sullivan, a popular young teacher at Rye State School, died of pneumonia when she was only 21 years old. The money to construct the building was raised by the children and the community. It was used for changing rooms until the 1950's when the children went to the beach for swimming lessons. The building was repaired and painted by members of the Rye Historical Society in conjunction with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council as a community service project.