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Rye - Tootgarook - St Andrews Beach

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Rye - Tootgarook - St Andrews Beach is 12,609, with a population density of 5.17 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rye - Tootgarook - St Andrews Beach is bounded by Port Phillip Bay in the north, Truemans Road, the future Mornington Peninsula Freeway alignment, a line running north-south following the alignment of Weeroona Street, Sandy Road and an alignment to the east of the St Andrews Beach settlement in the east, Bass Strait in the south, and Canterbury Jetty Road in the west.

Name origin

Rye is thought to be named after an English township. It was originally known as White Cliff.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with a well-organised fishing fleet operating by the mid 1840s. Land was also used for grazing and lime burning. The township of Rye was established in the 1860s. Some growth took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population increased slightly from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Rye - Tootgarook - St Andrews Beach is a mainly residential area, with some rural areas in the south.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mornington Peninsula National Park, The Dunes Golf Links, Rye Ocean Beach, St Andrews Beach, Rye Pier, Rye Shopping Centre, Quinns Park, R J Rowley Recreation Reserve, Rommey Park, the Port Phillip Bay foreshore and one school.