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Robe: European Echoes by the Sea
Founded in the early 1800s, Robe is a quiet holiday destination with a rich history. The small coastal community was of the first European settlements in Australia. When you stroll through town, the 80+ historic buildings are constant reminders of Robe’s heritage. All the same, set between beach and bush, Robe remains strikingly Australian. Spend your break outdoors, basking in the Mediterranean climate, swimming, surfing, horse riding or sampling fresh seafood. Holiday homes in Robe are aplenty, ranging from stately family homes to apartments from which you can hear the waves break.
Robe’s Long Beach: an All-in-One Beach Experience
As you would expect from the name Long Beach, Robe’s main beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Walk for miles on the white sand or participate in a wide range of water sports. Otherwise, put down your towel and watch others as they water ski or surf. Sections of Long Beach has been designated for safe swimming. Other popular activities include snorkelling, diving and fishing.
Local fishermen can often be seen reeling in a number of species, including salmon. Towards the end of the day, professional and amateur photographers attempt to capture the sun set over the water. Conveniently, the beach’s parking lot is set right on the sand.
Immersion into Local History
Learning about Robe’s history begins at the Robe Customs House Museum. Here, you will be able to view displays about Robe’s maritime history and the role of the town in the mid-19th century gold rush. You can also find out about shipwrecks off the coast. The museum itself is a historic building, erected in 1863.
Delve deeper into Robe’s maritime history by visiting the Robe Fisherman’s Memorial along the town’s waterfront. The monument is surrounded by information panels for those who wish to know every last detail.
To get some exercise while you learn about Robe’s past, simply stroll through town and see if you can spot all 84 historic buildings. Sites include the Old Gaol, Cape Dombey Obelisk and many homes dating back to pioneering days which have been fully restored.
Stay Active Beyond the Coast
Once you’ve gotten your beach and history fix, there is much to do in Robe to stay active. If you’re a golfing enthusiast, pay a visit to the Robe Golf Club. Sign up for a competition or simply play a friendly game as you take in views of the coastline.
Alternately, head further inland for some horse riding at Robe Equestrian Park. The whole family can participate in a wide range of activities, from riding lessons to trots along the park’s designated trails.
If you are interested in local marine life, head to the Robe Sealife Centre. The Aquarium showcases the fish, sharks, seahorses and other species which dwell in the waters of the Limestone Coast. Children will especially enjoy feeding the fish, which takes place daily at 3:30 pm.
Wine and Dine in Robe
If you like fresh seafood, then you’re in luck: Robe is well-known for its crayfish, which is among many other species caught daily by local fishermen. Book a table at one of the restaurants in town and try the fish or seafood caught in the waters surrounding town.
As the region benefits from a warm, Mediterranean climate, the harvest of many fruits and vegetables is generous. You will be able to pair locally sourced dishes with wine produced only steps from the restaurant. While in Robe, don’t forget to try cabernet sauvignon or shiraz, both produced in the area.
How to Get to Robe
Robe is located on the South Coast between Melbourne and Adelaide. It takes just under 6 hours to drive to Robe from Melbourne. If you opt for the scenic route, take the Great Ocean Road, which will add a few hours to your journey but is worth it for the sights. Driving to Robe from Adelaide only takes 3.5 hours.