What to do in Robe South Australia?
Robe – once an historic port is now considered one of the jewels in the Limestone Coast.
Situated 338 km south east of Adelaide on Guichen Bay, Robe is rich in history and character. Today it is very much an attractive holiday resort combining a dramatic rocky, windswept coastline with many beautiful pristine beaches.
The safe electric blue waters of Guichen Bay are ideal for swimming, surfing and sailing and the relatively flat terrain is ideal for cycling and bushwalking.
Robe is famous for its crayfishing industry and also as a wine producing region. The fishing fleet of boats operates from October through to May and most Cellar Door Sales open throughout the year.
The township is both sophisticated and charming with the beautifully restored historic buildings, its cafes, restaurants, hotels, unique shopping, fresh salty air and oh did I mention its natural scenic beauty.
Things to do in Robe:
- Enjoy our beautiful pristine beaches. Swim, surf, kayak or just laze in the sun in the summer months and during winter enjoy solitary walks along the windswept coastline with the waves pounding the shoreline.
- Robe has some great walking trails. I love to walk along the cliff tops exploring the little beach coves and on a low tide the underwater gardens in the rock pools. Tread lightly though on the reefs so as not to impact on the creatures that live there.
- There is a fantastic new walking trail from the boat ramp to the obelisk and it is all bitumized which makes it so accessible for all. This trail has been extended and you can now walk/ride easily from the Obelisk to West Beach.
- Check out the new bird hide on Dawson Drive. It is so good to be able to watch the water birds under cover.
- Visit Little Dip Conservation Park – You really need a 4 wheel drive to tackle the tracks through the native bushland and onto the coast. On a good day the ocean with the right swell pumps perfect glassy waves and it’s fun to watch the surfers from the cliff top
- A 30 minute drive out along the Nora Creina Road will take you to fresh water lakes, beautiful bushland walks and Nora Creina’s unique settlement and gorgeous bay.
- Check out Lake Butler Marina. There is a scenic boardwalk around the lake that showcases the local fishing fleet and recreational boats. I find it so peaceful to stop along the way to take in the many species of waterbirds going about their business as the tide ebbs and flows.
- Take yourself on a tour of the old historical buildings around the town. Visit the information centre to pick up a guide and then do the walk
- Get creative at Robert Roach's limestone carving workshop at Flint Street. Mahalia Coffee is just up the road for fantastic coffee and unique gifts.
- Beachport is only a 30 minute drive away. A small seaside town with lots of history and a great café located on the foreshore.
- Get some retail therapy at the many interesting shops and galleries on the main street. Wilson's is a must see showcasing art and craft from local and national artists and craftpeople.
- Dine out at our local cafes and restaurants and sample world famous lobster when in season.
- .Visit our local wineries and sample some of Australia’s great wines. The Mt. Benson Wine region is only a 20 minute drive away. Once you stock up Cape Jaffa further down the road is worth a look. The Marina they have built there has to be seen to be believed.
- Be entertained at the Southcoast Cinema – comprises 2 theatres showing new release movies throughout the year.
- Robe is an ideal location to base yourself if you like to do day trips to surrounding towns. Naracoorte, famous for its caves and wetlands, Penola in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region has lots of history, with galleries, interesting shops and eating houses. Then there is Mt. Gambier about 1 1/2 hours away, well known for its volcanic landscape and iconic Blue Lake.