Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Rye Ocean Beach lies 4 km due south of the more quiescent Rye Bay Beach. The beach is accessed via Sandy Beach Road, with a signposted road leading to a large car park. The beach is located inside the Mornington Peninsula National Park, and natural sand dunes back the length of this 4 km long beach. Foot tracks also lead to the beach from the St Andrews settlement at the eastern end, and at Orr Point at the western end.
The beach faces south-west and receives waves averaging 1.8 m. These produce large persistent rips every 300 m, with permanent rips against the rocks and reefs below the car park.
A hazardous beach dominated by a wide surf zone with rips, rocks and reefs. Use extreme care if bathing here; stay close inshore on the bar and well clear of the above hazards.
There are a number of reef breaks along the beach including at the rocks in front of the car park, which produces lefts and rights; at Sunset Rocks towards St Andrews; and Snatches toward Orr Point; together with beach breaks elsewhere.
There are excellent permanent rip holes against the car park rocks, together with persistent rip holes and gutters along the length of the beach.
An exposed beach backed by sand dunes and fronted by a wide, energetic, rip and reef dominated surf. Only for experienced surfers.
- Formal parking area