Robe Accommodation and Travel Guide

Robe marina

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Robe Customs House

The Customs House

This very imposing building was built in 1863 with the expectation that Robe would become a major port on the South Australian coast.

Old Robe Gaol

The Old Gaol

In the 1850's over 17,000 Chinese disembarked at Robe on their way to the goldfields. The authorities built a huge gaol in anticipation, but it was hardly used and quickly fell into disrepair.

Robe Obelisk

The Obelisk

This small marine beacon has for some strange reason become a symbol of the town and frequently used in the towns advertising brochures. The obelisk sits at the end of small peninsula facing into the southern ocean

Robe marina

Robe Attractions

Things To Do in Robe

Robe is holiday destination where you go to relax, so filling your holiday calendar with all sorts of activities is probably not what most visitors want, however if you feel the need to do something other than lay on the beach and relax, then the following suggestions might be suitable.
1. Fishing if you're looking for something to do in Robe, just marginally more physical than sunbathing, then fishing is the ideal choice. Robe is renown for its fishing and has some great spots including the wharf at boat harbour (which is almost in the centre of town) plus rock fishing in Guichen Bay, and surf fishing at Long Gully, Wrights Bay and Longbeach, the latter being a 17 kilometer stretch of sand which runs to the west of Robe.

Robe beachfront
Robe main street

Dining Out

2. Dining Out - Although Robe is quite small, the standard of Robe's restaurants is up with the best metropolitan establishments. The decor in some restaurants may not be outstanding the the overall quality and freshness to local fare will impress, especially the local seafood which in many cases will be caught, cooked and on a plate within hours.
3. Woakwine Cutting Robe's mini Panama canal - In 1960 Murray's McCourt, a local grazier (and ex-army engineer) borrowed money to buy a D7 Caterpillar tractor and a scraper used to build aircraft runways in World War II. For the next three years he worked at cutting a channel from his property to Lake George. The result transformed his property, from a snake infested swamp into fertile grazing land. You can see this mini engineering marvel about 15 kms East of Robe - The original Caterpillar D7 and scraper are on display close to a lookout point which is located just off the Robe, Beachport road.


4. Visit Cape Jaffa / Mt Benson Wine Region,another activity which won't raise your heart rate unduly and sure to be enjoyable is to visit one of the many wineries in the Mount Benson region. This region is developing a reputation for the quality of its wines and there are a number of local wineries that welcome visitors to their property. Cellar door sales are available from Ralph Fowler wines, Norfolk Rise wines, Wangolina Station and Cape Jaffa wines. The village of Cape Jaffa is a base for some professional fishermen and now has a new $14M marina that is worth looking at.
5. Picnic On The Beach. Longbeach is one of a few beaches on the south coast that allows vehicle access and if you are a bit adventurous then a drive along Longbeach and a picnic on a secluded section of the beach is a great way to have your own Robinson Crusoe experience. It is generally recommended that you have a four wheel drive but there are plenty of two wheel drive vehicles that regularly use the beach as well. Before you go, pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Information Centre about the "Do's and Don'ts" of driving along the beach.

Robe harbour
Karrata house


6. Heritage Walk - Most of Robe's classified buildings are all located within easy walking distance of the town centre, so call in to the Visitor Information Centre and pick up a map and spend a couple of hours discovering Robe's fascinating history.
7. The Coorong - Just to the north of Robe is one of South Australia's most significant National Parks. Located at the mouth of the Murray river, the Coorong is a long, shallow lagoon that extends for over 100 kms, from Goolwa in the north, almost to Kingston in the south. This delicate ecosystem depends on a fragile mix of fresh water from the Murray river and sea water that enters via the river mouth for its survival . There are a number of walking tours and cruises available and for anyone with more that a passing interest in the natural world, a visit to this area is highly recommended .

Robe town beach

Robe General Information

Robe is a popular coastal getaway located about three hours drive east of Adelaide, Robe’s main industries are tourism, fishing and the surrounding districts support sheep and beef cattle grazing plus a healthy wine making industry

Robe has a resident population of about 1250 people which swells to around 10,000 during the busy holiday season
Robe has a very temperate climate with average summer temperatures of about 23 degrees and a winter average of about 14 degrees
Accommodation in Robe is made up of about 6 motels, 3 caravan parks and in excess of 200 holiday homes, apartments and cottages.
Shopping in Robe is predominantly small businesses run by partnerships or sole traders, there are no major shopping chains in Robe
Entertainment in Robe is provided by a small cinema, 2 pubs and a dozen or so restaurants.
The town also has a few take away food outlets including some excellent Fish and Chip shops, but none of the major chains ( MacDonalds, KFC, Domino’s) have outlets in Robe

Robe Events

Local Events
Mount Gambier 100 Mile Classic 27th to 28th June
The Alex Roberts 100 Mile Classic is one of the oldest open road cycling races in Australia with the race first being held in 1933.
Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers 2015 - 1st to 31st July
A month long celebration put on by local Coonawarra Vigneron's who dig out some treasures from their cellars to offer visitors a rare opportunity to taste and buy aged wines during the month of July. 2015
Beachport Lions Club Salmon Fishing Competition - 3rd to 18th July
The Beachport Lions Club Salmon Fishing Competition is held at the Beachport Salmon Hole and comprises two full weeks of beach salmon fishing. There are seniors, ladies and junior events and god prizes
Senior's Month Event's - Millicent 1st to 31st October 2015
A range of events are running throughout the whole month of October. Some of these events include: Official Opening, live music and entertainment. Banksia House Fete and Open Days
Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend - 16th to 18th October
The Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend showcases and celebrates the sheer quality of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and the craftsmanship of the region's winemaking community.
Mount Gambier Autofest - 23rd to 24th January 2016
A car enthusiasts weekend of everything to do with automobiles. The Mount Gambier Autofest includes the 38th Show N Shine‘ Go-To-Whoa, Autokana ,Dyno Challenge and Burnout Competition .

Robe Attractions

Robe has historically been a getaway destination for many South Australian residents, who over the years have come to Robe to relax, and today nothing much has changed.
Robe is still a destination where visitors come to put their feet up and unwind, the only difference these days is the visitors come from much greater distances. If you plan on visiting Robe then don’t expect to find lots of holiday activities in the town, there are no theme parks, no music festivals, no bush walking trails and no scenic landscapes, so apart from local restaurants and coffee shops there is not a lot else to do, but that is why most visitors come to the town.

Seamans memorial Robe
Robe at susnet

The History

Robe's main attractions ( if you could In the late 1850's, during the gold rush , approximately 17000 Chinese landed in Robe on their way to the Victorian diggings. They preferred to walk the 150 km to the gold fields across the Victorian border and avoid paying $20 tax, which they would have to pay if they had disembarked in Melbourne. The legacy of their brief visit still remains in Robe today. The influx of large numbers into the town prompted the building of a large jail which was never used to its full potential. It quickly fell into disrepair and was all but demolished. Local groups have restored the foundations of the jail and is now a listed historical site in Robe

main street Robe

Robe Entertainment and Nightlife

Many tourist guides are notoriously inaccurate in describing facilities in small country towns, for example one guide described Robe’s entertainment as follows
“Robe has a vibrant and varied entertainment scene with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. Robe entertainment venues may include movie theatres, swimming pools, casinos, night clubs, restaurants, theatres and racing tracks”.
We prefer to tell the truth which is , Robe has one small movie theatre, two pubs and about a dozen restaurants, and no night clubs, casinos or racing tracks. Most of Robe's entertainment is in either of the two hotels, The Caledonian Hotel and the Robe Hotel where during the summer holiday season they have live bands on a Friday or Saturday night and an occasional Sunday afternoon. During the rest of the year the hotels will have live entertainment intermittently during long weekends and an occasional band for a local football club. The only other entertainment venue is Robe Institute Hall which serves as Robe’s town hall and is the venue for occasional plays and drama’s and various social events around the town.

Restaurants in Robe

Sails at Robe

21 Victoria Street

Wild Mulberry Cafe

46 Victoria Street

Dragon Village
Chinese Restaurant

6 Bagot Street

No 4

4 Victoria Street

Robe Pubs and Clubs

The Union Cafe

4/17-19 Victoria Street

Cafe Belgiorno

2 Victoria Street

Pollys Fish & Chips

Lipson Terrace

The Gallerie Restaurant

2 Victoria Street

Harbour View Motel566 Raglan Parade

Mid Price

The Harbour View Motels has added modern luxury self contained apartments and spa suites at the front of the motel and they have views of Robe marina and Guichen Bay. Standard and budget rooms have been retained at the rear of the motel.

AVG/NIGHT$120 Web Site

Robe Haven Motel 4 Spence Street


Robe Haven Motel is about 100 metres from the Robe marina and just two blocks from Robe's main street. Robe Haven Motel is a friendly, family run business with its own licensed restaurant. All rooms are at ground floor level (non-smoking) and are spacious, clean and comfortable, with updated bathrooms.


Robetown Motor InnRobe

485 reviews

Conspicuously located as you drive into Robe, The Robetown Motor Inn is located about 300 metres from the centre of Robe. All rooms are at ground level, and some are available with their own undercover parking. Robetown Motor Inn also has its own indoor heated pool and spa . Robetown Motor Inn also has apartment style accommodation


Villa San Danci 23 Wrattonbully Rd

485 reviews

Traditional english style bed and breakfast in a prime location on Robe's beachfront. The Villa San Danci is a luxury 4½ star rated fully self contained two bedroom apartment close to the centre of Robe. Elegantly appointed with quality furniture and fittings. Great sea views from the lounge and also direct access to the Robe town beach.

AVG/NIGHT$95 Web Site
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Robe Travel Options

Getting Here

The main (and only) connect to Robe is via road, and for anyone coming from Melbourne ( Mt Gambier) the most popular route is via the Southern Ports Highway (B101) which turns off the main Princes Highway at Millicent). Although it is designated as a minor road the road surface is excellent and not too much different to the main highway. The Southern Ports Highway takes you past the small coastal villages of Southend and Beachport before arriving at Robe. From the Adelaide direction the best way is to take the Princess Highway (B1) to Kingston and then turn onto the Southern Port Highway (B101).

Local Travel

Most visitors to Robe arrive by car and even those without transport find getting around the township quite easy as the township is quite small, so there isn’t much demand for public transport in the town. As a consequence Robe has no taxi service.

Public Transport

Public transport to and from Robe is via the Premier Stateliner coach service which runs daily between Adelaide - Robe - Mt Gambier . The service runs 6 days a week (no Saturday service) but in alternate directions each day, so the coach does a Mt Gambier to Adelaide trip on a Monday and then does the Adelaide to Mt Gambier return trip on a Tuesday. It repeats it for Wednesday and Thursday then does a two way trip on the Friday. (Adelaide - Mt Gambier - Adelaide)