The picturesque village of Rhyll situated on beautiful Swan Bay north-east of Phillip Island has always been a haven for boating and fishing with an excellent all tides boat ramp, 2 jetties, yacht club, angling club and sailing school.
Today the town is a much sought after holiday destination with a full range of accommodation including Hill of Content luxury accommodation for couples, quality B&B’s and apartments. Complimenting the quality accommodation is the fully licensed Foreshore Bar and Grill offering 180 degree water views in a warm and relaxing atmosphere, enjoy great food, great coffee or a cool drink. In summer dine on the balcony, in winter by the fire. The menu comprises local produce, fresh seafood and dishes of influence from around the world.
Hire a Boat from Western Port Marine and head out into the bay with the anticipation of catching the big snapper or take the kids and adults to the fabulous Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm which features outdoor or indoor trout fishing. Rods and lessons are provided and the chef will cook your catch. Counter sales of fresh trout, smoked trout, home made preserves and bush tucker products make it a must visit.
Another major must do a few kilometers from Rhyll is Purple Hen Vineyard and Winery. The Lacey family have created a quality winery that has won 24 medals and trophies for the first two vintages. Open 11am to 5.30pm daily for tastings and cellar door sales during school holidays. Other times: Friday to Sunday plus public holidays
Take a stroll along the Rhyll Inlet – it is a haven for myriads of sea birds. Watch out for the Pelicans, Black Swans, Gulls and Ibis. The inlet is recognized the world over as a significant area for migratory wading birds.
The history of Rhyll goes back to 1798, when Bass discovered Western Port and anchored off Rhyll for 10 days.
Rhyll was orginally named ‘Flagstaff’ by John David McHaffie who, with his brother William leased the whole of Phillip Island as a stock run from 1842 to 1868.
Settlement on the island took place from 1856 during this time a number of settlers took up residence at Rhyll, these early pioneers contributed much to the development of the village.
In 1868 a 300 foot jetty was constructed to transport the bounty of the main industries of the day cray fishing, fishing and chicory farming.
It was a common sight to see many crayfish boats anchored at Rhyll as crayfish were in abundance off the south coast off the island and were in great demand by the Melbourne restaurants, seems nothing has changed in that regard. Nowadays the main industry is tourism.
Situated in the quiet little village of Rhyll on Phillip Island. Unique setting with amazing 180 degree water views, warm, relaxing, environment, enjoy good food, great coffee or a cool drink. Dine on the balcony or inside in the rustic but stylish restaurant, have a drink at the bar or relax in the lounge area.
Cellar Door Sales and Tastings.
Open 11am to 5.30pm daily in summer and during school holidays. Other times Thursday to Monday
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