Robe Tourism & Travel
Situated on the Limestone Coast of South Australia some 337kms south of Adelaide, the historic seaside town of Robe lies at the southern end of Guichen Bay. As one of South Australias first settlements, the popular fishing port features many interesting historic sites and museums about the town centre. Robes undeniable appeal is largely owed to its stunning beaches bordered by rugged cliffs, excellent fishing, and famous crayfish. A great base to explore the National Parks within the area, Robe enjoys close proximity to the breathtaking Little Dip Conservation Park and Beachport Conservation Park.
The seaside town of Robe is a fishermans paradise, offering great fishing off the Robe jetty, rock fishing at Guichen Bay, surf fishing at Long Gully, and wharf fishing at Lake Butler Boat Haven Channel. For further recreational pursuits, Lake Fellmongery is a popular location for canoeing, waterskiing and sailing.
The many fascinating historic buildings and sites around Robe are not to miss, such as the Obelisk shipping marker on Cape Dombey, the Old Goal, and the Chinese Gold Trail monument. The historic Robe Customs House, now houses a museum, showcases intriguing Chinese artefacts, displays, and relics of the heady days of mining. To really get to know the town, the Robe Institute provides an insight into the interesting history of Robe.
Numerous secluded swimming and surfing beaches, including West Beach, Factory Bay, and Long Beach are conveniently located close to the Robe town centre. In particular, excellent surfing is found at Stoneys Rise and at Third Ramp off Long Beach.
Celebrating the local fishing industry, the Blessing of the Fleet incorporates the official service, live entertainment, and great food and wine. Other fun-filled events include the Robe Easter Surfing Classic and the Robe Village Fair.
Robes main drag, Victoria Street features a charming shopping strip lined with interesting old buildings, tasteful art and craft galleries, and boutiques specialising in gifts, home wares, clothing, jewellery and much more.
Robe Restaurants and Cafes
Together with a wealth of shopping, the Victoria Street strip also contains many great restaurants, cafes and pubs featuring the local seafood, especially Robes famous succulent local crayfish.
Robe - Near by
A brief trip north of Robe leads to the Mt Benson Wine Region where visitors can sample the renowned Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon right at the cellar door. Further north, the town of Kingston, characterised by the calm, picturesque waters of Lacapede Bay, provides great swimming and water sporting opportunities. Visitors also have the chance to explore the historic Cape Jaffa Lighthouse, which was dismantled at Cape Jaffa and re-erected on the Kingston foreshore. The charming coastal fishing towns of Beachport and Cape Jaffa are also within easy reach of Robe.
Just south of Robe, towering sand dunes, pretty salt and freshwater lakes, prolific wildlife, and beautiful beaches renowned for great surfing and beach fishing are found within the Little Dip Conservation Park. Further south, the Beachport Conservation Park also boasts lovely white sand beaches and sand dunes. Notably, visitors are able to spot fascinating ancient shell middens along the coast, and can test the waters at Five Mile Drift, a beach on Lake George popular for swimming, sailing and windsurfing.
During the Victorian gold rush, Chinese immigrants were landed at Robe in South Australia, and walked hundreds of kilometres to the Victorian goldfields in order to avoid the $10-per-head tax on Chinese gold miners instituted by the Victorian Government at the time. This attempt to dodge the Victorian tax came to a stop after the SA government introduced its own tax on the Chinese. In the early days, Robe played an important part in supplying horses for the Indian Army and exported tallow, wool, and sheepskins for Europe; hence the naming of the popular lake, Fellmongery. During the ten years from 1856 alone, more than $2 million of wool was shipped from Robe to the markets of Europe.
Today, Robe is a major tourist destination and fishing port with a population of 965 souls. The District Council of Robe encompasses a number of smaller towns, however the main officers are situated in the major town of Robe.