Robe, South Australia

The lady at the info place in Port Fairy, Victoria raved about Robe in South Australia calling it their sister city and we felt like we needed to see it. Graham had also given us info on a good campsite so we headed back to the coast. The camping area ended up being a bit busy for us, so we camped in a little Nat Park conservation area near the beach and a very short drive into Robe. Robe is nearly as nice a town as Port Fairy but it lacks the river. However it is on a very beautiful (Guichen) bay. Where Port Fairy has it’s lighthouse, Robe has it’s Obelisk. M

robetown bay
Guichen Bay Robe

Steve went out looking for birds here but only found one new species here. Interestingly, the sewerage ponds had almost identical birds to the ones in Winton in outback Qld!

lathams snipe
Lathams Snipe- new bird
little egret
Little Egret
egret taking off
Little Egret taking off
kelp gulls
kelp gulls
spiny cheeked honeyeater
Spiney Cheeked Honey Eater
spot the shoveler duck
Sewerage Ponds Ducks

 

We had a town day that started at the Famous coffee house which we had to pass on the way into town anyway. It was housed in an industrial area but you walked into the shop and it was like you were in New York. I don’t drink coffee but the smell was divine. Steve said the coffee was too!  Mmahalia coffee and stevemahalia coffee shop

mahalia coffee medals
Coffee medals

Next we went for a town heritage walk looking at most of the National Trust buildings in town.

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old council chambers

This lovely structure was the first council chambers after starting as the port authority office.

new council chambers

And this ugly box is what they replaced it with!!!!!!

 

 

Next was a trip to the Robe dairy where we bought some Cheese for cocktail hour later and met a few of the “girls” on the farm.hello cow

robe dairy cow

After this was lunch at the old Calledonian Hotel where Steve sampled some local fish and I had my salad for a meal hit. We walked this off with a foreshore walk to the Robe Obelisk.

robe cannon
The old cannon at the waterfront
Flinders steve and Baudin- 3 explorers
The 3 explorers!   Mathew Flinders    Steve Norman    Nicolas Baudin  The older 2 met on this coast in 1802.

 

robe obelisk
The Robe Obelisk built in 1855 for 230 pounds and can be seen from 20 miles away on a clear day. It was used to store rockets that were fired to distressed ships which carried life lines and baskets for bringing passengers ashore thus saving many lives. There were 30 ship wrecks in Guichen Bay in 1853 alone!

robe obelisk best

robe chinese monument
Chinese memorial for the 16,500 Chinese that landed near this spot and walked the 200 miles to the Victorian goldfields in search of gold. They were trying to avoid paying the poll tax.
coastal veg- button grass
Button grass
coastal vege robe
Nice coloured succulents

robe obelisk at sunset

coastal vegetation at robe
Coastal vegetation
coastal vegetation at robe 2
Coastal vegetation
giant fig tree robe
Biggest fig tree ever!
figs ripe for the picking
Ready for the picking but too high up for anyone but the birds. You could smell the ripe figs from the ground!

steves surf shop robe

Local surf shop owned but a local surf legend who was surfing this coast before anyone.

fishing boats robe marina
Fishing boats at Robe marina

robe obelisk at sunset

We ended our day coming back into town to see a Movie. We saw a nice film called the “Green Book’ based on a true story. We are heading into the north and the deserts next, so thought maybe we should try to see a film as it will be hard to find movie theatres soon.     M

 

 

 

One thought on “Robe, South Australia

  1. This place is awesome.

    On Sun, Mar 17, 2019 at 1:27 PM Maddy and Steve Norman’s gap year wrote:

    > maddyrichter posted: “The lady at the info place in Port Fairy, Victoria > raved about Robe in South Australia calling it their sister city and we > felt like we needed to see it. Graham had also given us info on a good > campsite so we headed back to the coast. The camping area end” >

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