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Kiss your worries goodbye with a vacation in Rye

Set on Mornington Peninsula, a prime destination for vacationers from miles around, the coastal town of Rye is known for its beach along Port Philip Bay, and its laid-back vibe. Once an industrial centre of lime quarries and kilns, the town's major industry these days is outdoor adventure and hot-spring pools. The coast is perfect for swimming, surfing, boating and wildlife encounters with friendly dolphins. Further inland, look for spas, horseback riding trails and wineries serving local vintages and excellent dinners. Rye vacation rentals offer the best of the beach and the countryside.

Things to do

Take a soak or try a sip in Rye's serene setting

The top attractions in Rye revolve around rest and relaxation, which may be why Rye vacation rentals are so popular with international travellers as well as city-weary Melbourne residents to the north. The Peninsula Hot Springs are on the southern outskirts of town and offer private baths and public plunge pools, plus a picnic area and a pond. Wineries are another popular place for couples, friends and connoisseurs to try something locally sourced and rejuvenating. There are dozens in Rye or within a day's drive, and many offer fine restaurants and local produce on-site.


Take in the scenery by boat, bike or snorkel

Rye is an ideal place to engage in just about every outdoor activity imaginable. The main beach at Port Phillip is sandy and ideal for swimming and boating. There's a jetty at one end, plus several boat ramps, playgrounds, picnic areas and walking tracks. You can rent kayaks, bikes and snorkelling equipment, or sign up for a scuba-diving lesson, a snorkelling tour or a swim with the dolphins. Driving tours of the peninsula and seaplane tours of the coast and the Melbourne skyline are ideal for those who want to see the sights without diving in.


Temperate temps make Rye a delight all year round

Rye is blessed with a temperate oceanic climate – no surprise considering where it's located – and as a result, there's really no bad time to stop by. The summer months (December through February) are the hottest and most crowded. You'll see temps in the high 20s and enjoy ideal surfing and swimming conditions. Spring and autumn might be the ideal time to look for Rye vacation rentals, since rates are lower and temperatures are more moderate. You'll find the best deals between June and August, when the air is usually between 5 and 10°C.

Natural highlights

Forests, reefs and beaches – all in 1 national park

You'll never feel far from the wilderness along the rocky coast of Rye, but for full-on immersion in the beauty of Australia's natural landscape, head southeast of Rye to Mornington Peninsula National Park, 2,686 hectares of diverse coastline. You'll find basalt cliffs, native bushland and an inland forest. Then there's the Cape Schanck area, with its remarkable volcanic features, and Sorrento Back Beach, perfect for surfing, swimming and exploring tide pools. For a bit more adventure, check out the hang gliding ramp above Mushroom Reef.

How to get there

Transport to and around Rye

Fly into Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), the closest airport, located 30.4 mi (49 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), which is 44.6 mi (71.8 km) away.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Rye?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,854 holiday rentals around Rye. From 1,731 holiday houses to 43 cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Rye is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Rye?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Rye. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Mornington Peninsula National Park: 3,008 holiday rentals
  • Pennisula Hot Springs: 2,730 holiday rentals
  • Redhill Recreation Reserve: 3,430 holiday rentals
  • Queenscliff Ferry: 2,841 holiday rentals
  • Sorrento Golf Club: 2,956 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rye listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Rye?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 1,731 Houses in Rye. Our other popular types of Rye holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 43 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 94 holiday houses
  • Villas: 16 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Rye?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 355 holiday homes with pool available in Rye. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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