Destination guide

Natural splendour at Rye holiday homes to rent

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

Attractions near Rye holiday rentals

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.

Activities

What to do near Rye holiday accommodation

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.

Day trips

Day trips from Rye holiday rentals

Rye is the ideal base camp for exploring the wonders of the Mornington Peninsula. Holiday homes are available near places like Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens, a landscaped garden area with a hedge maze and gift shop with lavender goods, and Enchanted Adventure Garden, a theme park with mazes and zip lining. You’ll also like Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, a farm and cafe with treats like chocolate, ice cream and other desserts, and the Cape Schanck Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse with guided tours and maritime exhibits.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Rye holiday homes

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.

Food & drink 

Sample regional cuisine near Rye holiday homes

Rye shares the culinary traditions of the Mornington Peninsula. You’ll find market gardens, farmers markets, artisan food producers, winery restaurants and charming cafes with seasonal produce and fine wines from throughout the region. You’ll find foods like mussels, whiting, beef, artisan cheeses, berries and more in restaurants near your holiday accommodation.

Where to stay near Rye?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,960 holiday rentals near Rye. From 1,721 Houses to 44 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Rye for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Sorrento Front Beach: 3,056 holiday rentals
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park: 2,971 holiday rentals
  • Portarlington Waterfront: 1,494 holiday rentals
  • Portsea Back Beach: 2,930 holiday rentals
  • Pennisula Hot Springs: 2,823 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rye listed on HomeAway 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. HomeAway offers 1,721 Houses in Rye. Our other popular types of Rye holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 44 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 101 holiday houses
  • Townhouses: 38 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Rye?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 409 holiday homes with pool available in Rye. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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