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
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!
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! M
Next we went for a town heritage walk looking at most of the National Trust buildings in town.
This lovely structure was the first council chambers after starting as the port authority office.
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.
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.
Local surf shop owned but a local surf legend who was surfing this coast before anyone.
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