By Rebecca Francis
September 11, 2020 | 4 minute read
Nestled between Adelaide and Melbourne, you’ll find South Australia’s favourite seaside town, Robe. Situated on the rugged Limestone Coast and surrounded by pristine beaches and wild bushland, the historic beachside town has a lot more to offer than just views. This makes it the perfect getaway for all the family, even furry members. Here’s our two-day guide on what to do in Robe.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Arrive and grab a seafood lunch
Three and a half hours from Adelaide, and you’ll arrive at this seaside gem. First things first, refuel with some fresh seafood. For fish straight from the boat and onto your plate, you can’t beat Robe Seafood Takeaway. Tuck into a Tropical Pack, filled with crumbed flake, calamari, chips, lemon, tartare and a pineapple fritter. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Wander down Victoria Street
Victoria Street is Robe’s popular high street where you’ll find boutiques, homewares, galleries and cafés coexisting alongside the butcher and general store. Pop into Me and Miss Jones for some lovely lifestyle and homeware pieces, purchase gifts from Loaves and Fishes, or get your caffeine fix with a full-bodied brew from Mahalia Coffee.
Sample the local brew at Robe Town Brewery
The family-run Robe Town Brewery offers a main range, seasonal release and limited release of beers. Their organic approach to brewing is unique across the world and they operate the only wood-fired brewing kettle in Australia.
Mixed with locally grown barley and other foraged local ingredients, as well as their flare for creativity, the brewery brings a truly unique flavour to the town. If you’re feeling brave, try their limited release Moby Dick Ambergris Ale made with ambergris – the secretion that forms in the gut of a sperm whale to assist with digestion.
Robe Town Brewery
Enjoy a wine tasting at Karatta Wines
If beer isn’t your thing, sample some of the wines grown in the unique coastal hinterland vineyards nearby at Karatta Wines Tasting Rooms. Locally owned and produced, the wines are ready to drink and authentically reflect the local maritime climate: characterised by lithe, elegant reds and crisp, snappy whites. Located on the Main Street of lovely, downtown Robe, free tastings are available daily from 11.00 am - 4.00 pm.
Eat at a local favourite
Sails Restaurant is a favourite in Robe and known for its delicious seafood dishes, especially its mighty Southern Rock Lobster. The menu changes according to the season, which means you’re guaranteed to taste the best local food paired with regional wines.
Breakfast at The Adventurous Spoon
The owners of The Adventurous Spoon love to be adventurous (hence the name) and you’ll see why on the menu. Tuck into a Breaky Burger filled with egg, bacon, caramelised onion and takatala sauce, or jazz up your Avo Toast with crumbed feta and pistachio dukkah. You can also build your own breakfast from the menu. Be sure to bring your four-legged family members on this outing and enjoy the pet friendly al fresco area.
The Spoon (as it is known to locals) serves breakfast between 8.00 am - 2.30 pm and lunch from 11.30 am -5.00 pm daily. If you’re looking to put a little spring in your step in the morning (and you’re feeling brave) the drinks menu also includes a Breakfast Daiquiri, Bloody Mary or Gin Mimosa.
Explore Long Beach and Cape Dombey Obelisk
Now you’re well fed, take a stroll along Long Beach - a 14 km long golden paradise. If it's warm enough this is the perfeft spot for a quick dip, or keep strolling along the beautiful Obelisk coastal trail, which passes Robe’s historic Old Gaol Ruins, jetty and marina.
The iconic Cape Obelisk lookout has been warning ships of Robe’s rocky reefs since 1855. The town’s 12-metre icon was originally white, but was painted in red bands after complaints it was too hard to see. The trails around the Obelisk give you great lovely views of the limestone ridges and frothing Indian Ocean below.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Robe’s Ice Cream and Lolly Shop
No coastal holiday would be complete without an ice cream cone, so make sure you stop by Robe’s Ice Cream and Lolly Shop and satisfy your sweet tooth before you head home. There are a whopping 45 flavours to choose from, so challenge the family to see who can find the best flavour.
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