Come support the Great Peninsula Paddle! #HavanaInRye #MorningtonPeninsula #reclinkpaddle

Founded in 2010 by dedicated Reclink Australia supporters Nick and Virginia Cable, The Great Peninsula Paddle is an iconic annual paddle event held on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

Celebrating its 5th Anniversary on Sunday 9th February, The Great Peninsula Paddle allows participants the opportunity to paddle along the stunning Mornington Peninsula shoreline from Sorrento to Portsea, gaining an exclusive paddler’s perspective of the Peninsula’s clear blue waters and white sandy beaches.

As a charity fundraising event for Reclink Australia, all participants are encouraged to fundraise in addition to their registration fee. All participants who raise $50 or more will automatically go into the running to win a Mirage Kayak with a retail value of $2,995

Designed for the novice paddler, hobbyist or families, the short course is a leisurely 3.6km paddle from the Sorrento pier to Portsea with the finishing line located on the Portsea beach, just down from the iconic Portsea Hotel.

Why not come down, support a good cause and enjoy the paddle!

Reclink Australia is a non profit organisation whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. Established in Victoria in 1990, Reclink Australia operates nationally providing over 4500 activities and 80,000 participation opportunities for disadvantaged Australians annually.

For more information, see the great national paddle page on Everyday Hero.

Stayed at #HavanaInRye already? Come get your free stuff!

Already stayed with us at Havana in Rye?  Awesome!  We love you guys!! 🙂

To show our love we would like to offer our previous guests some fantastic free stuff ! *

That’s right, you could get up to 3 free nights on your next stay!!

Haven’t stayed with us yet?  Well that’s no problem – this is a standing offer, which means once you do stay you are then eligible for the same free nights offers on your next stay.  Awesome !!

Front yard is private and surrounded by nature

So what are you waiting for?  The weather’s beautiful, the local beaches are fantastic and Havana is calling your name!

* All free nights are provided in addition to any paid “minimum nights” stay

Come stay with us at #HavanaInRye in February and check out the final day of the Herald Sun Tour!

The 2014 Herald Sun tour – now in its 61st edition – is Australia’s oldest stage bicycle race. It is one of Australia’s heritage sporting events, supported and revered by generations of Victorians and created by Australia’s largest daily newspaper, the Herald Sun. Riders from around the world compete in the Tour, with a long distinguished list of past winners.

With the tour finishing up with Stage 4 on Sunday February 9, Arthurs Seat and the Mornington Peninsula is building as one of the most exciting days on the Australian cycling calendar. With three tough climbs featured in the 120km final stage route for 2014, the action is sure to be hot roadside for a fan favourite day on the hill at Arthurs Seat. Not to mention the many other attractions that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer such as wineries, gourmet eateries, family attractions, national parks, historic locations and beautiful beaches.

Come stay with us down at Havana in Rye and make the most of the weekend. Based in Rye you will be conveniently located for the short drive to Arthurs seat on Sunday, as well as having quick and easy access to the Rye beaches and the well frequented coastal towns of Sorrento and Portsea. Come join us and take in all that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer!

2014 Herald Sun Tour Stage 4 Course

For more information on the 2014 Herald Sun Tour, check out the official web page.

Our guests seem to like what’s going down at #HavanaInRye – why not come down, stay with us and add your own experience? :)

Come and add your comments to our other guests after a relaxing stay down the peninsula at Havana in Rye !

“Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely holiday home. The place was very clean and beautifully renovated. The children loved the sand pit which was great!” Soula – 6 Jan 14

“Nice airy feel, great condition. Accepts pets and our dog loved it. The closing secure gate made it easy to leave him behind when we wanted to go out on our own.” Rajat – 7 Nov 13

“Very well presented & clean property. By far the best equipped pantry we’ve ever experienced which was a really nice surprise (some places don’t even have salt & pepper..)! Lovely quiet spot amongst the bush – 20 min walk or 5 min drive to Rye town/ beach.” Sophie – 13 Mar 13

“The outdoor fire pit is fantastic! Perfect for outdoor entertaining. We’d absolutely revisit Havana on our next visit to the Mornington Peninsula!” Matthew – 22 Feb 13

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the property has just been done up so it made it very pleasant. We loved the good size TV to watch the tennis. We loved the outside fire pit for night time and loved to escape in the shade under the house in the heat. It was great that the whole property was fenced, so our dog could not wonder. It was a very relaxed place to stay. At first we thought it was too far from the beach, but we ended up liking that because it made us do some exercise. All in all a great family holiday!” Angela – 19 Jan 13

Come stay with us and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Rye!

Come stay with us and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Rye!

Come and enjoy Australia Day at #HavanaInRye !

Australia Day is always a great day of celebration and family fun, and no doubt 2014 will be no different!  Make the most of it by coming down to Rye and staying with us during the week and over the long weekend.

The Mornington Peninsula provides a great spot for our favourite national holiday, with a great selection of events and entertainment over the weekend.  Australia Day in particular has a great choice of things to do for the whole family, both in Rye as well as nearby Rosebud:


    From 2pm
    Free Lunch
    , sponsored by Rye & Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank 

    2pm – 3pm
    Live Music, Legend

    2pm – 4pm
    Rye Yacht Club
     off the beach sailing experience

    2pm – 4pm
    Vintage Car Display
    , pier car park

    Rye Historical Society
    , heritage bus tour

    4pm – 5pm
    Kikki the Clown

    Flag Raising, including Australian National Anthem, Rye Primary School Choir, Australia Day Ambassador Pete Smith, Woolworths Representative, Rye RSL President

    6pm – 7pm
    Live Music,

    7.45pm – 9.15pm
    Live Music
    , BABBA (a tribute to ABBA)

    9.15pm – 9.30pm
    Fireworks Display
     (subject to weather)


    8.30am – 1pm
    Live Music,
     sponsored by Rye & Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank, contemporary, county & jazz

    9am – 1pm
    Free Activities and Entertainment
    , mini golf, face painting, carnival rides, interactive games, animal farm, magicians, dog & reptile demonstrations

    9am – 10.30am
    Free Breakfast
    , sponsored by Rye & Dromana Community Bank Bendigo Bank, serving 1200 breakfasts

    10.15am – 11am
    Flag Raising
    , including address by Australia Day Ambassador Ian Cheesman and Fun Run Prizes given

    Fun Run, 10km run from Safety Beach / 5.3km walk/run from Dromana Information Centre finishing at the Village Green in Rosebud.  Register at

And particularly, don’t forget the FIREWORKS DISPLAY in Rye from 9.15pm !

Rye Fireworks

For more information on what’s happening on Australia Day, check out the Peninsula Australia Day web page!