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THE Rye Gift and Family Fun Day is a traditional athletic event held annually on the second Saturday of January. Held under the regulations of the Victorian Athletics League, the Rye Gift has been presented by the Rye Sports and Social Club since 1975 and continues to be the premier running event on the Mornington Peninsula. The Rye Gift is a wonderful family fun day with attractions, children’s rides and market goods, and will be held on January 13, 2018. The Rye Gift is organised by the Rye Sports and Social Club with profits from the day being shared by the seven participating Rye Sports clubs, whose members man the gates and stalls on the day. The event grows more popular each year, attracting more entries and larger crowds.This year will be the 44th running of Rye’s premier sporting event, the Rye Gift, on Saturday. The Victorian Athletic League conducts this multi-event program that draws Victoria’s top athletes to Rye each January, and is now billed as a day out for families. Cost is adults $10, and children under 16 are free.

New! French Island Naturaliste tours FRENCH Island is a unique destination. The island runs completely off the grid with no mains water or electricity, there is virtually no traffic, and famously, Kylie Minogue once owned a holiday home here. The 170-square kilometre island is two-thirds national park and now, travellers looking for a nature-based experience can travel around this rugged, unspoilt island with Naturaliste Tours – all just a stone’s throw from Cowes and Stony Point in the heart of Westernport Bay. The new small group experience is scheduled to begin operation early January and offer fully guided land-based tours. On a Naturaliste Tour, visitors to French Island will discover the history and natural beauty of this hidden destination which is located just 15 minutes by ferry from the mainland. Naturaliste Tours and Western Port Ferries CEO Matt McDonald said the tours provide a glimpse into the beauty and rugged natural terrain of the island. “The wildlife viewing is second to none and the history and heritage of the island is truly fascinating. After many years without a tourism

operator, we are very excited to launch Naturaliste.” Here’s a sample of what you may see - Visit the historic remains of Blue Gums Homestead, learn about the history of the island and see this early settler farm including the refurbished chicory kiln. Beautiful vistas, sandy coastline and wildflower displays. Wildlife spotting along the way includes koalas and birds of prey, stop at The Pinnacles Lookout, with views of French Island, Western Port and across to Phillip Island. Visit the salt marshes and spot unique birdlife and flora before returning to the ferry for a return transfer to Stony Point or Cowes. Local tour guides will share their knowledge of the natural environment, wildlife and history of French Island during the tours. The purpose built four-wheel drive vehicle can accommodate up to 12 passengers while touring the rugged, unspoilt island in air conditioned comfort. Tours will depart from Tankerton Jetty on French Island and includes return fast catamaran from Stony Point or Cowes. Find our more at: www.naturalistetours.com. au

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Small guided tours in 4WD vehicle. Discover the wildlife, history and natural beauty of this unspoilt island. Includes 15 minute fast catamaran travel from Stony point jetty. naturalistetours.com.au or call 03 5257 4570

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GATES OPEN AT 10AM ADULTS $10 per head Under 16 FREE Program $2 Students/ Pensionsers $5 Contact Secretary - Robyn 0414 564 531

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