Robe Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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    Coast at Robe
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Robe Things to Do

  • Visit Robe Sealife Centre

    Get up close to the local sealife at Robe Sealife Centre. You can see Snapper, Seahorses, Gummy Shark, Dog Shark, Banjo Shark, Octopus, Cuttlefish, King Crab, Rock Lobster and many more! You must go and see and learn about each species, great for all ages. You can even feed the fish from 3.30pm daily. Its a great attraction in Robe, well worth a...

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  • WILLIAM SAVAGE'S HOUSE

    This house should be well built as the owner of it, William Savage, was the local stone-mason. He built his home in 1875, in what was know as Slyeham, a part of Robe village. The house has very thick stone walls which have since been painted, and the shingle roof has been replaced with iron. Out the back of the house, were the Stables. This house...

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  • THE ADMELLA DISCOVERY TRAIL

    In Robe, I found the Admella Discovery Trail Markers. I soon found out all about the Admella, one of the worst maritime disasters in Australian History. The SS Admella struck Carpenters Reef on the south east coastline of South Australia on August 6, 1859. Only 24 passengers and crew survived, a further 89 lost their lives after spending up to 8...

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  • DR. PENNY'S HOUSE

    This house adjoins Blind Man Barlow's Cottage.Dr. Robert Penny, a well known surgeon lived in this house in the 1850's. After Dr. Penny, a Mrs. Pepper lived in the house. Even though it changed hands, the colour never did, it was alway white-washed inside and out.A Mrs. Pepper was quite a character, always known for wearing a white apron & cap, and...

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  • BLIND MAN BARLOW'S COTTAGE

    This Cottage is another MUST SEE in RobeWhat a quaint cottage this was! I loved it! Once again, different!Blind Man Barlow was who lived in this Cottage. He was known as a colourful and well loved gentleman, who made reed baskets in the Cottage. I am not sure if he was completely blind, he probably was as blind people are quite clever. He was, as I...

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  • ATTIC HOUSE

    I loved the distinctive style of this old Cottage, one of a kind I should think!It's known as the Attic house, and was built in 1860 from limestone gathered from the cliffs in Robe.I could see that it had a shops window, it still had items on display in the window. Years ago it was the Tailor's shop. The Tailor lived downstairs and used the...

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  • INFORMATION CENTRE MUSEUM

    The Robe Tourist information centre is located in the Library on Mundy Terrace, next to the War Memorial.This is where you come for FREE INTERNET, helpful, friendly staff, brochures, maps and souvenirs.Included in the centre and FOR FREE, is the Historical Interpretive centre. Lots of old photo's and information on Robe, a very good...

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  • WILSON'S AT ROBE

    Still with the name of Wilson on the facade, this shop was once Wilson's Saddlery and now is a Gallery.The Saddlery was established in 1859, becoming a flourishing business because of William Wilson. He was well known by the stockmen in South East Australia for his top quality saddles and harness. There was always the call for good harness and...

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  • BANK HOUSE

    Bank House is a fine looking house built in Italianate style, very opulent when compared to the simple settler's cottages in Robe. It was built in 1859, sold to the South Australian Banking Company, and occupied as residence and bank by a succession of other banks' managers until the Australia-wide depression of the 1890's.It was good to see this...

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  • CRITERION HOTEL & COTTAGES

    The Criterion Hotel was built in 1856 by George Lord. Back then, it was known as the Frankfort Hotel, only being renamed the Criterion Hotel in 1859. The two small settler's cottages were also built in 1856, and are located behind the old Criterion Hotel. They have been restored and extended and now are self-contained Bed & Breakfast.

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  • THE ROBE INSTITUTE

    It was the 1860's and all these people had come to Robe to live and work. What to do with their spare time? There wasn't any social or meeting place for get -togethers, and so the Institute was born. It was built in 1868 on land donated to the township by the S.A. Government. George Lord, a prominent resident of Robe laid the foundation stone. The...

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  • GEORGE LORD'S HORSESHOE FORGE

    Nearly next door to Davison's Store was the old Horseshoe Forge, a bit hard to imagine as it has been restored and the stone worked cleaned, it is now a private home.George Lord, who was a Blacksmith by trade, built the Forge in 1856. The Robe Police force at the time, used Horses, and these we shod there. Horses were also a major export from Robe,...

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  • DAVISON'S SHOP

    From the War Memorial I walked a little further along the road to where an old double story shop building was standing. It was built in 1855 by a store-keeper from Adelaide as a Drapery store. He leased it out, and the first owner was unsuccessful with the business, and departed from Robe.It changed hands several more times, then in 1949, it was...

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  • ROBE WAR MEMORIAL

    Located in a park in Smillie Street, is a War Memorial of an Aussie Soldier. The memorial was built in 1921, to commemorate the residents of Robe who died in World War I. Since then, World War II has been added.This Memorial contains both the names of the fallen, and the names of those who served in wartime."And how can man die better, than facing...

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  • GREY MASTS

    Grey Masts is another one of Robe’s historical buildings listed by the S.A. National heritage trust.This attractive building was built in 1853, by shipping Entrepreneur "George Ormerod."The home, now has been restored to its former glory and is used as a Bed & Breakfast. If you stay in the east wing, you will be walking on polished floorboards from...

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  • A GERMAN MINE

    An unusual find in Robe was this German Mine on display. It was found washed up on the beach near Cape Jaffa Lighthouse, in July 1941. If you want to know more about it, then you have to visit the Custom House Museum.

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  • PATSY RYANS & AUNTY ANNIES COTTAGES

    Another two heritage listed Cottages on the walk.My favorite, was Patsy Ryan's Cottage. It was the home of Patrick [Patsy] Ryan, who came out from Ireland with his wife and seven children. This Cottage is typical of a early workman's cottage in Robe. Originally, it was built in local stone as one big room, then later, it was divided down the...

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  • ELTHAM HOUSE & POOH CORNER

    George Shivas, one of the original owners of this House was a notable stone mason. If you look at my photo, you will see the house has been built in three stages. The house has two rooms, plus a kitchen with a bread oven and living room. It was built with good Jarrah wooden floors, and still has the original handmade bricks in the fireplace. Ship's...

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  • GRANNY BANK'S COTTAGE

    This delightful Cottage is located across the road from St. Peter's Anglican Church.The Cottage is A MUST SEE as you will be lucky to see a Cottage like this anywhere else in Australia. It is thought to be the second oldest Cottage in Robe.The Cottage was built over several stages, with the oldest section dating to 1850. It is built from wood, some...

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  • HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN STURT STREET -...

    Sturt street had some beaut historic buildings. The first I came across, was a house named Skearborst, built in the 1850's and named after a Hotel on the Isle of Skye. The owner used to keep pale grey Wallabies as pets in his backyard.Next, I came across a very small stone building known as "the Kirk." This was built in 1858, as a Free Presbyterian...

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  • ORMEROD COTTAGES

    George Ormerod was one of Robe's most prominent citizens in the 19th Century. He built several buildings that can still be found in Robe, including the Grey Masts Woolstore, Ormerod Cottages (which was once Robe's Barracks), and Moorakyne House.George Ormerod's export company, Ormerod & Co., owned the jetties at Robe, as well as the store, and the...

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Robe Hotels

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  • Lakeview Motel

    2 Lakeside Terrace, Robe, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western Melaleuca Motel

    20 Smillie Street, Robe, South Australia, 5341, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Robetown Motor Inn Robe

    14 Main Rd, Robe South Australia 5276, Robe, Austr

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Robe Transportation

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    by balhannah Written Sep 16, 2012

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    What a great idea this is!

    FREE BIKES are available from the Robe Information centre for riding around Robe.
    If may be a good idea if you haven't a car, as the Heritage Drive is 10.6kms, easy with a push-bike!

    OPEN....
    Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat, Sun 10am - 4pm; public holidays 10am - 1pm. Closed Christmas Day
    Mundy street, Robe

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Robe Local Customs

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    by balhannah Written Sep 16, 2012

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    There is a good chance of seeing a Southern Right Whale from the cliffs at Robe at the right time of the year. When the temperatures start to fall in Antartica, the Whales begin theire annual northward migration towards more temperate, sub-tropical/tropical waters, where they give birth and mate, then return to Antartica.

    The Whales can be viewed from the Cliff top walk at Robe.
    The first day of June officially kicks off the whale watching season, with migrating whales actually being spotted from May through to October.
    Each year has seen an increase in whale numbers and sightings and it's FREE FROM THE CLIFF-TOP!

    Whale trail sign @ Robe
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Robe Warnings and Dangers

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    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2012

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    The cliff top walk is a narrow dirt track that will take you for the scenic walk.
    Now, if you are like me and are inquisitive and want to see more, then I went off the track and to the cliff edge to have better views of the coves, the rocks and ledges, the beaches and ocean.
    I didn't go too close to the edge, as I could see big chunks of cliff that had split from the mainland and were ready to fall into the Ocean.

    The walk is a short cut in distance, but not in time, as I have never walked over such rough going in my lifetime! Take a look at my photo, and you will understand!

    Be careful, wear good shoes with good ankle support as it is easy to get an injury here!

    It was worth it though!

    Rough going! Robe cliff top Robe, ready to fall into the Ocean
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Robe Off The Beaten Path

  • WOAKWINE CUTTING

    After departing from Robe, we headed along the main road towards Beachport. Not that far from Robe, was a brown tourist sign to woakwine cutting. I had read a little about it, so we followed the road probably a distance of 2kms where there was a car-park and some equipment which was used when making the cutting. It really is a great engineering...

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  • MOUNT BENSON VINEYARDS

    Mount Benson is another Wine producing area you most probably have never heard of.As we drove towards Robe, we passed by acres of vineyards which were part of Mt. Benson. Mount Benson is known as a "cousin" to other well-known winegrowing regions including Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Penola, Mount Gambier and Robe.The region’s first grapes...

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Robe Favorites

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    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2012

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    Favorite thing: As a gardener, I always find it interesting seeing what grows in different parts of Australia.

    Here, on the cliff tops at Robe, growing in the harshest of conditions, were quite a variety of plants , and not only were they growing, but doing well too!
    It never ceases to amaze me the variety found. As you walk, have a look and I bet you can count a lot of different species.

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