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Published January 5th 2021
Go see it before it disappears
Atop the cliffs on Cape Dombey, the Obelisk was erected in 1852 to store rocket lifesaving equipment. Firing basket-carrying rockets to stricken ships brought passengers safely back to shore and saved many lives. Later, in 1862, the Obelisk was repainted red and white to assist passing ships to navigate entrance into Guichen Bay. Its 12-metre height could easily be seen as far as 20 kilometres out to sea on a clear day.
Today, this iconic pyramid-like structure has become Robe's most famous landmark. It is located just a short walk from town by the sea edge. Well laid out and maintained, the popular walking path is suitable for pretty much all abilities.
With the soft limestone cliffs steadily eroding, the Obelisk will come crashing down one day. Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time before both cliffs and Obelisk eventually fall into the sea. So, if you're interested, be sure to go see it sooner rather than later.