The historic port of Robe, started out life as a busy commercial port in the late 1800’s and is now a premier holiday destination, with lots of holiday accommodation and holiday rentals available for visitors all along the coastline, and the home of a booming crayfishing trade.
Named after the Governor, Fredrick Robe, evidence of the origins and history of this charming seaside town are everywhere, especially in the old port area. The local beach, just a few kilometers out of town is the safest and most popular for swimming and water sports, and literally a few minutes’ walk from the holiday villas on the beach. Holiday makers return to the haven that is Robe, again and again, as the charismatic and charming historic holiday accommodations and rentals, almost make people feel as if they have stepped back in time.
If your idea of a seaside holiday is to lie on the beach, eat fresh crayfish, read your book and relax with a glass of wine from the famous Limestone Coast, then you have booked your holiday at the right place. If you feel that you could perhaps tear yourself away from your holiday rental, and get out and about, there is so much to do, and you won’t know what to choose from first.
This historic landmark was established on Cape Combey in the mid 1800’s, as a fundamental navigation tool right at the entrance to Guichen Bay. Also being used to store essential rocket lifesaving equipment, as the rockets were fired and baskets were taken out to ships in trouble at sea, and over the years many passengers’ lives were saved when they were brought ashore by the baskets.
Passing ships were able to also make use of this obelisk, because it was so visible from the ocean, mainly because of its height. This obelisk will not be around forever, because of the soil erosion rapidly making the earth underneath the obelisk unstable, so this is something that should be on the top of your list to see while in Robe.Old Gaol
Originally built as a prison for male prisoners only in the year 1860, it was only open for 9 years before it closed for a short 2 year period, and then opened again until 1881 when it closed its doors for good. In the original design, there were plans to build an identical wing on the opposite side of the prison for female prisoners, but it was never completed. A painstaking restoration process over the years has revealed a glimpse of what life must have been like all those years ago, and well worth a visit to a fascinating journey into the past.
If you want to surf, snorkel, dive, swim, water board, windsurf, water-ski, hike, camp or just take a romantic picnic down to the beach, then Robe is for you. You can hire much of the needed equipment and all the names and numbers and other details of the companies in the area; will be in your holiday rental.Climate
The gorgeous Mediterranean climate of the Limestone Coast makes Robe a perfect all round holiday destination. If you don’t like the serious heat of the middle of summer, then avoid the summer months of December to February, as that is when it tends to be its hottest, with day time temperatures climbing to 42 C and then some. April and May are very pleasant months, as they tend to be cooler. The winter months bring rain, with most of it during July, but the air temperatures stay at around 17 C.
Fly directly into Melbourne or Adelaide, and catch a connecting flight into Mount Gambier, the biggest town on the Limestone Coast, into Mount Gambier Airport. If you want to make a road trip of your family holiday, pre book a car to hire and drive the scenic route to Mount Gambier instead, approximately 500km from both cities, and reach your holiday accommodation with a few extra memories tucked away.