Nature & Beaches
Robe has five main beaches, including Hooper’s Beach, Fox’s Beach and West Beach. Its two most popular are Town Beach, which extends 12 kilometres from Robe Hotel to Robe Point, and Long Beach, a wide bay running 17-kilometres-long with consistent surf and no reef or rocks.
Too cold to swim? Consider 12-kilometre-long Robe Walking Trail, which features views of Robe Gaol Ruins and Cape Dombey Obelisk. Fresh Water Lake Walk (1.7km) or Lake Eliza Hike (3.5km), both within Little Dip Conservation Park, are also trails to consider. Drive roughly 30 minutes from Robe to reach the town of Beachport, where you’ll find 500-metre-long Lanky’s Walk and 1.5-kilometre-long Wendy’s Walk. A further 15-minute drive south and you’ll hit Canunda National Park, a protected area of surf beaches, sand dunes and untouched bushland.
Fishing & Fishing Charters
Whiting, salmon, garfish, flathead, mulloway and crayfish are among the many fish that can all be found in Robe. Fish off the town jetty or drive onto the beach with a 4WD and surf fish at Back Beach, Evans Cave Beach or Long Beach, or Bishops or Domashenz Beach within Little Dip Conservation Park. Half-day and full day fishing charters are also available.
Attractions & Activities
As one of the oldest towns in South Australia, Robe has more than 70 heritage-listed buildings, most of them over a century old. Of note is Robe House, one of the first buildings in Robe and now a five-room bed and breakfast; Robe Customs House, now a maritime museum; and Karatta House, a lakeside manor once used by wealthy pastoralist Henry Jones and his wife as a summer’s residence to escape the heat.
Smillie Street, running from Devonport Street to Hagen Street and at one-time the town’s main street, also boasts a number of significant buildings erected in the 1850s and 1860s. Today, you’ll find the main drag to be Victoria Street, home to a dozen-or-so clothing and homewares boutiques, as well as many cafés and restaurants. Cap off a day of exploring Robe by catching sunset from Beacon Hill Lookout.
For an overview of Robe’s history and current activities and attractions offering, head to Robe Visitor Information Centre and the Historical Interpretation Centre within in, opposite the foreshore area.