SA’s Limestone Coast has been tagged as one of the happiest places in the country, according to the annual Australian Unity Wellbeing Index. And Robe, a town that inflates from pop 1500 to 15,000 in summer (and not just because their famous crayfish are in extra abundance) is one of the region’s jewels.

It’s full of history, great beaches and all kinds of fishing (rock fishing, surf fishing, fishing from the jetty, boat fishing, or walk the footbridge and fish at The Outlet). A 14km stretch of white sand and crystal blue water, Long Beach is the place to go with a car packed with food, drinks and cool tunes.

“Robe has a kind of enchanting aura that every visitor I’ve ever met has felt. I’m so addicted to Robe, I haven’t managed to spend my summer break anywhere else for the past decade.” – Fleur Bainger

Forget the walk from the car park; this is one of the few places in Australia where you can drive right onto the beach. And if it’s a 4WD, the dunes are calling. Robe’s carefully restored Old Gaol tells a story of escapes and ruin dating back to 1861, while glass mansions, restored turn-of-the-century cottages and seaside retreats decorate the town.

Victoria St, Robe’s thoroughfare, is packed with groovy eateries like Vic’s Pizza Bar, or try a giant prawn in the beer garden of the friendly Caledonian Hotel (Cali to regulars).

Where? // 337km (4hrs) southeast of Adelaide.

Did you know? // Robe is also acclaimed for producing premium quality wines from grapes farmed on terra rossa soils in its protected maritime climate.

 

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