Longitude: 144.822075 Latitude: -38.370355
Metres above Sea Level: 7.9 m
Area: 17.8 km² Perimeter: 19.9 km
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The beautiful suburb of Rye located on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is lined by stunning bay beaches on its northern shores, whilst the wild ocean beaches of Bass Strait line its southern perimeter. In fact, the maximum distance between the 2 shorelines is only just over 5 km – the further westward you travel, the distance reduces to around 3 km. This equates to beach-goers enjoying choice as the northerly winds generally produce great surf on the back beach, whilst ‘southerlies’ are usually better enjoyed on the beaches lining Port Phillip Bay. Fantastic walks line both shorelines, whilst water sports of all disciplines are relished here. Cycling, strolling, hiking, exploring, surfing, swimming, kayaking, wind surfing, body boarding, snorkelling, scuba diving, holidaying, boating, fishing, golfing, shopping, camping, pampering – there are just so many activities with which to indulge your senses !!!
The town centre of Rye would have to supply most of your needs with supermarkets, boutique shopping, eateries, sports shops, etc., whilst overlooking the historic pier, beaches, jetties, picnic facilities, and so forth. Looking at the metropolis that Rye has become today, it is hard to believe that just over a century ago it was described as:
” . . . A postal village 54 miles S. of Melbourne in Capel sound on shore of Port Phillip bay, between Dromana and Sorrento, from latter it is distant 5 miles. State school. Lime-burning is carried on and a large quantity of firewood shipped for Melbourne. Rail to Mornington, 39¼ miles ; fares, 7s and 4s 7d ; coach thence, 12 miles Mrs. Mitchell, postmistress. Population, 70 . . . “
Source: Excerpt – ‘Mornington Standard’ – Article “Flinders & Kangerong Shire” – published 18th November 1897
The area on which the seaside township of Rye now resides was once part of the ‘Tootgarook’ (or White Cliff or Kangerong) run. Once described as a settled district of 6,400 acres running 700 heads of cattle on the south-east shore of ‘Port Phillip’ between Dromana and Rye – owned by Edward William Hobson from 1838, and thereafter James Purves from 1850 to 1869.
Owen Cain occupied the area referred to Pt Nepean from July 1842 to 1851 . . .
Interestingly, the name ‘Kangerong’ was applied when the area was constituted a District on the 14th October 1862. White Cliffs Road leads to the direct vicinity of the beautiful ‘Whitecliffs Lookout‘ and Cain Road runs directly adjacent to White Cliffs Road, situate just to the west of the township of Rye. Lime burning, timber and farming were the first draw cards to this region, as the landscape was endowed with large deposits of limestone coupled with forests of hot burning She Oak with which to fire the kilns. During the 1860’s there were fourteen lime kilns in operation in this direct area. The landscape of open She Oak forest became the Tea Tree and grassland we see today, as the the She Oak did not recover from the mass felling. The pier was built c 1860 to transport the much needed lime and produce to Melbourne. The settled district of ‘Tootgarook’ was gazetted on the 16th February 1861, at which time Rye was proclaimed the name of the town.
The mid 20th century saw many a holiday house built and Rye grew to be a Summer vacation destination, as it still remains today . . .
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