Robe is located in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia. Robe
on Guichen Bay, is a home to a large commercial fishing fleet and a constant
flow of recreational anglers, surfers, sailors, and bush-walkers. The rugged,
windswept coastline harbours stunning, secluded beaches backed by conservation
parks studded with shifting dune systems, salt and freshwater lakes and wildlife
- including fairy penguins which waddle ashore at sunset.
In colonial days Robe - 335km south of Adelaide - was an important port of entry for the state and during the rush to the Ballarat goldfields in the 1850s thousands of Chinese prospectors landed in the port. Many of them died aboard ship, getting ashore or on the overland trek to Ballarat. A local cairn honours their memory. Robe’s fascinating history is preserved in a museums and colonial buildings.
These days Robe is regarded as a year-round tourist destination by visitors who consider the wild, winter storms just as compelling as the delights of summer.
Historical town and first settlement in the south-east, declared a port in 1847 and going on to become the main shipping centre. Lake Butler houses the fishing fleet and is connected to Guichen Bay by a channel cut in the 1960s. The Art Show is held here in late January.