If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of every-day life, but not too far away from its luxuries, Robe is your port of call. Robe is just under four hours’ drive from Adelaide and six hour’s drive from Melbourne, on the Limestone Coast. Boasting rugged natural scenery and beautiful beaches interspersed with a stunning range of boutiques, restaurants and high-end accommodation, Robe has something for everyone, whether you’re arriving in a Range Rover or trusty Commodore.
Tell me more: Robe dazzles with natural charm. Drive down 17 kilometres of pure white sand on the aptly named Long Beach or embark on the beautiful Obelisk trail passing the town’s Old Gaol, jetty, marina and Factory Bay. Robe Town Beach is a must-visit all year-round with crystal clear water, pure white sand, great walking tracks and incredible scenery.
Tell me more: Robe is close to a number of great wineries, but for a truly unique drinking experience you can’t go past the Robe Town Brewery. Under the eaves of the hand-made cobbled brewhouse, beer is made in true ye olde fashion with straw filtration, wood-fired kettles and open fermentation.
Taste your way through their full range including Shipwreck Stout, The Moon Hop and The Hidden Hive. Their limited release Moby Dick Ambergris Ale (not for the faint-hearted) is made with ambergris – the secretion that forms in the gut of a sperm whale to assist with digestion. Enjoy.
Tell me more: Victoria Street is Robe’s dolled-up town drag where you’ll find glitzy boutiques, glam homewares, galleries and cafés coexisting alongside the humble fish and chip shop, butcher and general store.
Tell me more: Robe has a rich history as one of South Australia’s oldest towns. Named as South Australia’s second-busiest international port in the 1850s, exports included horses, sheep skins and wool. Today, you’ll find remnants of Robe’s past everywhere, with a huge amount of fully restored Heritage-listed buildings and landmarks smattered throughout town. Experience the best of Robe with one of our Limestone Coast tours and charters.
Tell me more: Robe is full of unique and boutique accommodation, but for something extra special, travel to nearby Bellwether Wines and stay in a luxurious glamping tent. Rug up by the fire, surrounded by 400 year-old red gums, then retreat to all the creature comforts you could ask for beneath a blanket of stars.
This post was reprinted from South Australia
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– Fuel tank(s) full
– Oil level in engine and transmission
– Water or coolant level
– Condition of all hoses
– Fan belt tension and condition
– Brake Fluid level
– Tyre pressures, including spare
– Operation of lights
– Mirrors secured and adjusted
– Air shockers inflated (if fitted)
– Insect screen in front of radiator.
– Cupboards and drawers closed & table secured
– Refrigerator door locked & check that containers with liquids are sealed
– Hatches and windows closed
– No loose items in cupboards or on shelves
– Fire extinguisher fitted
– Gas bottle fitted and secured
– Water tank filled
– Brakes checked and adjusted
– Wheel bearings adjusted
– Wheel nuts tight AND condition of tyres
Note: It is advisable to have the caravan serviced by a specialist prior to the journey
BEFORE MOVING OFF
– Jockey wheel removed or secured
– Lights operating correctly
– Gas turned off
– Tyres inflated correctly
– Doors closed and locked
– Jacks raised or safety stands removed
– Wheel chocks removed
– Hand brake released. Electrical connection between car and van secured.
– 240V electrical lead disconnected
– Steps raised
– Towing aid correctly fitted
– Safety chains secured.
SPARES WHICH MAY BE USEFUL
– Fan belt
– Radiator hoses
– Engine oil
– Spare wheel and tyre to suit caravan
– Tube to suit car and caravan tyre
– Insulating tape
– Electrical wire
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
– Assortment of tools to suit sizes on car & caravan
– Tyre levers (2)
– Wheel brace to suit wheel nuts on car and caravan
– Jack to suit car and caravan
– Tyre gauge
– Wheel chocks
– Blocks for placing under corner stabilisers when ground is soft or under a wheel when site not level.
Make sure that you have the necessary tools required to fit the spares that you may have taken for the trip.
For your own sake, and that of your passengers, it is essential that all gas lines, connections, appliances and electrical fittings be checked regularly.
The task will take only a few minutes and you will develop more confidence in your unit if you know it is safe.
In addition to regular checks it is essential that an approved fire extinguisher is always on board. Extinguishes come in a multitude of sizes, price ranges and different types of operation. Make sure the one you select is big enough to handle a fire, should one ever develop. Once having bought an extinguisher mount it in a readily accessible position. Ideally you should be able to reach the unit from outside the van. It is no use having a ”toy” extinguisher inside the van if a fire develops. Remember that your huge investment, your life and those of your passengers are at stake. When buying an extinguisher, make sure it is a reliable one. The simpler the operation the better as there is less chance of something going wrong. And make sure it is one which meets the levels of safety required by a responsible body, such as the Australian Standards Association. or the Insurance Council of Australia. All fire extinguishers sold in Australia must conform to the relevant standard as laid down by the Standards Association. If your extinguisher is of a type which, over a period of time, loses its effectiveness, replace it when necessary. Fire fighting experts generally recommend that a fire extinguisher is checked at least every couple of years to ensure correct operation.
This post was reprinted from Caravan & Camping SA
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The Bush Inn
The first place visited by travellers arriving from the north is The Bush Inn, which was built in 1852 and licensed in 1855. It was also known as Mac’s Hotel and Carrier’s Arms to 1871. It’s the only surviving roadhouse inn which originally catered for teamsters carting wool to Robetown port. It is now a craft shop
The Drains in the Area
There is a sign beside Drain KL at the eastern end of Robe which reads: ‘The South East of South Australia is high rainfall area which is without natural drainage in the form of rivers or streams. Consequently water ponds behind a series of low, sandy ranges which run parallel to the coastline. Historically flooding occurred on the fertile flats between the ranges and the coast and artificial drainage was necessary to remove this water and allow the land to be developed. Drainage has been constructed in stages since 1862 to the completion of major works in 1969. This involved the removal of 25 million cubic metres of material. This Information Sign has been erected at Robe near the outfall of Drain KL. In 1915 the cut was made through the rocky cliff to the sea and the series of small lakes connected to the outlet by way of Drain KL. Lake Fox, Lake Nunan, Lake Battye, Lake Ling are now semi-saline lakes influenced by tidal movements. The lakes and the channel are an important landmark in Robe and are well utilised for recreation by visitors and local inhabitants. Dense thickets of paperbark and T-tree abound and these are important wildlife habitats. An appreciation of the immensity of the drainage works can be further gained from a visit to Drain L Lookout which overlooks the Woakwine Cutting on Drain L.
Historic Interpretive Centre
An obvious starting point the Historic Interpretative Centre is located in the Library Building in Smillie St. The centre which was built as a library in 1868 and been recently modernised contains an extensive visual history of the district. It is open Mon – Fri 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Available at the Historic Interpretative Centre is a very handy brochure which lists a total of 45 places of interest (including the Ambulance station and the Boat Ramp) in the local area. It includes descriptions of:
An elegant residence on the shores of Lake Fellmongery and on the main road into town which was built by George Danby (real name: George Affleck) the youngest son of a clergyman, Sir Robert Affleck. He changed his name to Danby so he could inherit the Danby Estate but was such a huge spender that he managed to go through his inheritance and the Danby fortune before he died.
For those who are interested ‘Fellmongery’, as in Lake Fellmongery, means ‘woolwash’. A ship, the ‘Duilius’, carrying a cargo of wool was shipwrecked in Guichen Bay in 1853. The cargo was salvaged but it was full of salt water. It was subsequently washed in the lake and when it arrived in England it fetched a higher price. Subsequently local wool exporters decided to wash wool in the lake and fellmongery works was established on the banks of the lake.
The Lodge and The Old Cottage
Located on opposite corners where Main Road crosses Squire Drive these two buildings are over 100 years old. The Lodge was built in 1850 as a Butcher’s shop and the Old Cottage was the home of Andrew Munro who, in the early days, used to light the beacon lighthouse
This historic building was completed in 1859 by a Scot, Peter McQueen. It achieved fame when the poet Adam Lindsay Gordon, having fallen from a horse, recuperated at the Inn. He was nursed by the innkeeper’s daughter, Margaret Park, and the two subsequently married.
Located on Mundy Terrace the Robe Hotel was originally known as the Bonnie Owl. The Bonnie Owl, which is now in ruins, dates from 1847. It has been replaced by the handsome two-storey Robe Hotel which is a feature of the main road along the town’s beach.
Magnetic Telegraph Station
Located nearby on Mundy Terrace is the old Magnetic Telegraph Station and Post Office (now a private residence) which was designed by the Colonial Architect, C.A. Perry, and built in 1858. This was the year the telegraph line from Adelaide to Melbourne was opened. It ensured Robe’s importance in the early communications between Victoria and South Australia.
The Royal Circus is located at the point where the first survey line for Robetown was established. It has the advantage of being not only the focus of the town but also being large enough to allow the bullock drays to turn around as they brought their produce to the port. There are a number of places of historic interest nearby.
Robe Customs House
The Robe Customs House is centrally located at the Royal Circus and is open daily during January from 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. At other times of the year it is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. It is an attractive limestone building with brick quoins which was built in 1863 to cater with the large number of Chinese passing through the port. It later become the local council chambers and in 1969 was converted into a museum. For more information contact (08) 8768 2419
Near the Customs House is a monument to the Chinese: ‘During the years 1856-58 16,500 Chinese landed near this spot and walked 200 miles to Ballarat and Bendigo in search of gold.’
Monument to Matthew Flinders
In the centre of the Royal Circus is a monument to Matthew Flinders who surveyed the coast and on 13 April 1802 named the Baudin Rocks after the commander of the French expedition. This was the last place name applied by Flinders in South Australia.
An interesting old cannon which stands on the shore pointed out to sea at some imaginary enemy.
Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church
The local Catholic Church stands near the shores of Boat Haven just inland from the Royal Circus. It was completed in 1859 and for many years two small rooms at the western end of the church operated as the town’s Catholic school.
George Ormerod was one of the town’s most prominent citizens. He built both the Grey Masts Woolstore (located on the corner of Smillie and Davenport streets) and the Ormerod Cottages (the former Barracks) and around 1856 he built Moorakyne House (it can be found at the southern end of Hagen Street) a handsome 12-room residence made out of local stone. It is characterised by bargeboards, large stone lintels and a range of interesting outbuildings including a stone coach-house. Ormerod was admired by the local citizens because of his commitment to local produce. In the decade between 1855-66 nearly £2 million worth of goods passed through his export company.
On the western side of Boat Haven (which is also known as Lake Butler) is Karatta House, a substantial stone mansion which was built by pastoralist Henry Jones in 1860. It was subsequently used as a holiday house by Sir James Ferguson, a one-time Governor of South Australia in the 1870s.
The Old Gaol
Heading towards the Obelisk and Cape Dombey you will notice the ruins of the old gaol. A stone building was constructed here in 1861 but it was never fully completed and consequently it was closed in 1881 and subsequently fell into disrepair. Parts of it were demolished and used for road gravel in the local area.
Obelisk on Cape Dombey
A prominent landmark in Robe (drive around Boat Haven and continue west to the headland) the Obelisk was originally built to help shipping. At one point it was used to store rockets which were fired to people in distress. An early problem was that it was originally painted white and sailors complained that by the time they could see the obelisk they were already too close to the rocks which stretch for nearly 2 km from the base of the cliffs. It was built from stone which was carted to the headland by bullock teams. The original building was completed in 1855 by a local builder. It is painted red and white and stands 13 metres above the surrounding ground which means it is 33 metres above sea level. It can be seen for 15 km off the coast. It is amusing to recall that when Matthew Flinders first sighted Cape Dombey in 1802 he described it as ‘a point of moderate elevation, sandy but mostly covered with bushes’. He would be surprised if he could see it today.
Offshore from the headland it is possible to see the interesting Doorway Rock, an unusual coastal limestone formation.
This is a working woolshed where, when shearing is occurring, you can see sheep dogs in action, shearers, wool sorting and wool baling. It is located on Penola Rd and people planning to visit must contact (08) 9768 2083 for opening times.
Little Dip Conservation Park
Located 4 km south of Robe Little Dip Conservation Park can be entered from Nora Criena Scenic Drive or Beacon Hill Lookout. It is ideal for bushwalking boasting a rich diversity of birdlife as well as attractive sand dune formations which fringe small beaches and substantial salt and freshwater lakes. There are plenty of rock pools to explore and beaches to walk along. It is a fine example of some of Australia’s most pristine coastline.
Victoria St, Robe SA 5276
Telephone: (08) 8768 246