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Published August 27th 2015
Mesmerizing landscape, great food, nature walks and fishing
Robe is a small town of approximately 1500 residents. You may think that sounds a little lonely, but that number stays the same only during winter months. During summer, the coastal town welcomes around 15,000 visitors! It is no wonder, with sparkling beaches, friendly hospitality, varied accommodation, activities for the entire family and rock lobster fishing. Robe is certainly one of those dreamy coastal towns to spend the entire summer, a weekend away or a quiet winter break.
Robe — named after the fourth Governor of South Australia, Major Frederick Robe — is situated on the Guichen Bay, named after Admiral de Guichen. The town is situated approximately 350km from Adelaide (only about 4 hours drive) in which there are two main routes: via the Murray River or via the Fleurieu Peninsula. Both routes have plenty of small towns where you can make a pit stop or admire the stunning landscape of the Murray and Coorong Rivers, spot some kangaroos and other wildlife, and see the uniqueness of Australia's wetlands and bush.
If you are visiting Robe during the summer, it is highly recommended to book your accommodation a few months in advance, as it will guarantee a reasonable price and a place to stay. Although this is a little town, it still has lots of options for different tastes and budgets such as, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, backpackers, holiday homes, camping sites and motels. Visit the official Robe website for more information.
So what is there to do in Robe? Here is a small list of activities, places and touristic sites to visit while you are there: fishing, kite surfing, walking around the historic town, kayaking, golf, see Cape Dombey Obelisk, visit the Old Gaol ruins and Customs House, walk at Robe Beach, visit the Fishermen's Memorial, take the kids to the local playground, book a fishing charter, or if you are feeling adventurous, book a Tiger Moth Flight aerobatic experience!
What about food? Robe will pleasantly surprise you with the amount of eateries it hosts. For a little town, it is jam packed with various options, from hearty breakfasts to relaxed pub meals, fine dining and take away, you will find plenty of places on Victoria Street, only a short walk from most accommodation.
This town, really is like no other, all you need to do is go for a short walk to find a place to eat, shop, explore or relax. Everything is in walking distance, and the town has plenty of open spaces and of course, mesmerizing beaches for little ones to run and play, or for grown ups to sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a good read or board game. So whatever your idea of a perfect holiday is, Robe has something for you; an adventure holiday packed with water sports and physical activity, a relaxed family holiday, a romantic getaway or a chilled out weekend trip with friends!
I highly recommend if you have space in your vehicle, to bring a bicycle and enjoy riding through the backstreets, the coast and historic sites. You can also bring your fishing gear, as there are plenty of spots to fish from.
So if you are looking for a great time and don't want to spend a year's savings on big cities or expensive amusement parks, plan a simple holiday and enjoy the benefits of a small quiet town wrapped in true Australian charm.
Nice article.Have not been there for 50 years or so.Went there many times in the 1960's.It was popular back then.No doubt there have been many improvements made over this period of time,but from all accounts,the historic charm remains.Anyone looking to do a round trip.pay a visit to the caves at Naracoorte!