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Between White Cliffs and Martha Point is a continuous 18.7 km long beach; the second longest in Port Phillip. The beach is backed by a foreshore reserve for most of its length, as well as by the Nepean Highway and Marine Drive. Several towns back the beach, which is divided into four sections based on these. The beaches are known as Rye, Rosebud, Dromana and Safety Beach; Beaches 17A, 17B, 17C and 17D, respectively. Rye Beach begins at White Cliffs and runs past the 300 m long Rye Jetty, almost due east for 4 km. A foreshore reserve backs the entire beach which, beside the popular jetty, has two boat ramps, a yacht club and a camping reserve. The beach is backed by the low reserve and fronted by shallow sand flats that are between 300 and 400 m wide. The narrowest flats are found at the jetty. They are covered at high tide, but exposed at low. Waves are usually low and only exceed a few decimetres during strong northerly winds.
Beach Length: 18km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10

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