|Population||2,869 (2016 census)|
|• Density||797/km2 (2,064/sq mi)|
|Area||3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mornington Peninsula|
The name Tootgarook was retained by J. Purves as the name of their pre-emptive right, and was taken from the Tootgarook swamp, the town is named from J. Purves pastoral run established adjacent to the west of the swamp. A Tootgarook Post Office opened in 1858 and was renamed Rye in 1870. A later Tootgarook Post Office opened on 3 April 1956 when some development took place in the suburb, and closed in 1987 Tootgarook means "Land of the Croaking Frog".
In the same suburb, but extending to neighbouring suburbs, is the Tootgarook Wetland. This wetland is about 300 hectares in size and supports many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. Most of the wetland is in private ownership and some is vulnerable to development.
The local school in the area is Tootgarook Primary School, which currently has 203 students.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tootgarook (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- The Victorian Naturalist (1928-1929) Kitchen Middens by R.A. Keble https://archive.org/stream/VictorianNatura45Fiel/VictorianNatura45Fiel_djvu.txt
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008