Rye is a beautiful coastal town on the Mornington Peninsula. It is a favoured holiday destination during the summer.
People flock to the area for its beaches, where they enjoy swimming, kite flying, surfing and fishing. They also enjoy some stunning natural scenery along the coastline.
The Rye Jetty is located at the main beach on Port Phillip Bay and has a fantastic playground for children. From here, residents and holidaymakers enjoy fishing and boating. For a month after Christmas, a spectacular summer carnival dominates the foreshore. Point Nepean Road features most of the town’s main restaurants and retail shops. The Rye Hotel features alfresco dining overlooking the beach, a beer garden and a play area for the kids.For families, there is one school, Rye Primary School, though secondary colleges and other primary schools can be found in neighbouring towns such as Rosebud and Sorrento.
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Rye was proclaimed a town on 26 February 1861. Lime could be quarried throughout the area west of Boneo Road. Many golf courses and the Peninsula Hot Springs are on the sites of Limeburners’ properties between Browns and Limestone Roads. An excellent reproduction of a lime kiln can be seen on the foreshore just east of White Cliff. They were built into the side of a hill so that firewood and napped limestone could be loaded from above.
Demand for Rye lime slackened in 1879 because of the opening of the Lilydale quarry but the Sullivans continued production, later managed by Antonio Albress, and Blair’s big kiln still operated on the Fire Station site. Ben Stenniken and James Sullivan became the leaders in a new industry, firewood. Ti tree had spread inland from the foreshore as the she-oaks had almost completely disappeared, having fired the kilns for decades. Cut into 2 foot 6 inch sections, the ti tree was shipped in former limecraft to heat bakers’ ovens in Melbourne.