Fishing for crays, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 1249

Guichen Bay and Robe's coastline would have been a welcome sight to the Chinese immigrants arriving in the mid-1800s. During the Victorian gold rush, around 16,500 Chinese disembarked here and travelled overland to the goldfields to avoid the Poll Tax enforced at Victorian ports. Robe had a thriving export trade before rail was introduced, which has left a legacy of historic buildings, from quaint stone cottages to the Caledonian Inn, with internal doors salvaged from shipwrecks. Today Robe is one of the state's most significant historic towns, as well as a fishing port and holiday centre, famous for its crayfish and its secluded beaches.

Visitor Information

Mundy Tce; (08) 8768 2465 or 1300 367 144

Nearby national parks

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...more

Nearby towns

  • Kingston S.E.

    Known as the 'Gateway to the South East', Kingston S.E. is at the southern end of Coorong National Park on Lacepede Bay. The area was once...more

  • Beachport

    Beachport started out as a whaling port. Today the crayfish industry has taken over and the town has South Australia's second-longest...more

  • Millicent

    Millicent, a prosperous, friendly and vibrant community located in the heart of the Limestone Coast region, is named after Millicent Glen,...more

In Town

The Robe Institute: incorporates the visitor centre, library and Historic Interpretation Centre with photographic and audiovisual displays on Robe's history; Mundy Tce.

Robe Customs House: historic 1863 building, once the hub of Robe's export trade, now a museum featuring Chinese artefacts and displays; open 2–4pm Tues, Sat and Mon–Sun in Jan; Royal Circus.

Art and craft galleries: throughout town, especially in Smillie and Victoria sts.

Deep Sea Fishing charter: sightseeing cruise also on offer; bookings (08) 8768 1807.

Crayfish fleet: Begins with the Blessing of the Fleet and anchors in Lake Butler (Robe's harbour). Sells fresh crayfish and fish; Oct–Apr.

Walk and scenic drive tours: self-guided tours. Take the town walk past 81 historic buildings and sites; brochures from visitor centre.


Mt Benson wine region Mt Benson is the only South Australian wine region located on the coast. Read more

Lake Fellmongery: popular spot for waterskiing; 1 km SE.

Long Beach: 17 km pristine beach for surfing and swimming. Cars are allowed on the sand; 2 km N.

Little Dip Conservation Park: features a complex, moving sand-dune system, salt lakes, freshwater lakes and abundant wildlife. Drive or walk through native bush to beaches for surfing and beach-fishing; some areas 4WD only; 2 km S.

Beacon Hill: panoramic views of Robe, lakes and coast from lookout tower; Beacon Hill Rd; 2 km SE.

The Obelisk: navigational marker at Cape Dombey. Scenic access via cliff walk from the Old Gaol at Robe; 2 km W

Cafes & restaurants around town

Caledonian Inn

From cosy, wood-panelled nooks with open fires to breezy garden settings, there’s a congenial dining space for every occasion in this historic, ivy-clad pub. The food choices are similarly diverse. The Beach... Find out more

Campsites around town

Stony Rise camping area 2 km

The northernmost camping area in the park is only 4 km south of Robe, reached from Stony Rise Track off Robe St. There is plenty of room for 4WDs and vans. Pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in... Find out more

The Gums camping area 3 km

The Gums self-sufficient camping area is reached from The Gums Track, off the Eastern Boundary Track, 5 km south of Robe. It is good for small vans. Pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more

Long Gully camping area 11 km

A popular coastal site with all-vehicle access, Long Gully is on the Long Gully Track. It’s off Nora Creina Dr, 13 km south of Robe. Bring wood and get a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more

Old Man Lake camping area 12 km

Sheltered spots are easily accessible from Nora Creina Dr, 14 km south of Robe. This is the spot with the best view. You need to be self-sufficient; pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more

Rooney Point camping area 37 km

A camping area for self-sufficient campers is found 7 km north of Beachport along Five Mile Drift Rd; the self-registration station for permits is on this road.... Find out more

Three Mile Bend camping area 38 km

The campsites here, tucked among the paperbarks on the edge of Lake George, are large, sheltered and well separated. The camping area is 5 km north of Beachport along Five Mile Drift Rd. Bring wood and water and pick up... Find out more

Kotgee camping area 57 km

There are 7 sites here for self-sufficient campers, 2.6 km south-east of Southend via Boozy Gully access road. The sites are 400 m along Bevilaqua Ford Track.... Find out more

Nal-a-wort camping area 57 km

There are more camping sites around 100 m further along the Bevilaqua Ford Track, next door to the Kotgee camping area.... Find out more

Fairview camping area (bush camping) 69 km

Remote wilderness camping for self-sufficient bushwalkers is situated 45 km north-west of Naracoorte, signposted from Wolumbool Rd. The Parks SA office at Naracoorte can provide further details and a permit.... Find out more

Geltwood Beach camping area 69 km

This campground offers coastal access  for conventional vehicles, accessed from Oil Rig Square Track off Canunda Causeway Rd, 14 km west of Millicent. The 4 sites are 700 m west of the track.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Sea Vu Caravan Park

This park is a short walk to the beach and just 1 km from the centre of Robe. Areas of the park are elevated with views out to sea. Bookings are required at Christmas and Easter, when there is a minimum-stay period. Pets... Find out more

Lakeside Tourist Park 1 km

This spacious lakeside park is located about 1 km from the centre of the popular coastal town of Robe. There is plenty of green grass and good facilities at a reasonable price. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Robe 2 km

This good quality park is an easy walk across the road from a popular beach, about 2 km from the centre of the coastal resort town. This is a great place to stay. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long... Find out more

Beachport’s Southern Ocean Tourist Park 42 km

This large, spacious park in a popular resort town has very good amenities and sites are reasonably priced. It is situated in an area where fishing and recreational water activities are the main attractions. Bookings are... Find out more

Millicent Lakeside Caravan Park 70 km

This is a spacious, neat and tidy park with good basic facilities. A convenient, wellstocked shop is adjacent, at the town’s excellent swimming complex (an artificial lake). Bookings are required in peak periods,... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Caledonian Inn

Dating from 1859, this engaging hotel still takes pride of place in the heart of Robe, just metres from the town beach. Built by a Scotsman, the Caledonian offers accommodation at an appropriately canny price –... Find out more


Tucked away in a quiet cul de sac, this hideaway is both a change of pace and a surprise packet. You’re greeted by a traditional stone cottage and inside there’s a homely feel and two elegant bedrooms. Keep... Find out more

Grey Masts

Whether you choose the Port or Starboard suites, or even the Captain’s Cottage, you’re under the roof of a local landmark. A strong nautical theme ebbs and flows through the building. This is apposite, given... Find out more


Honeyfield is an astonishing evocation of a village farmhouse in French Provincial style. Originally built in the 1850s from hand-hewn limestone and local timbers, its earthy air has been enlivened by details like window... Find out more

The Shore

A glittering beachfront residence with swanky interior design and room for a tribe, The Shore has five bedrooms, expansive living areas, complete gourmet kitchen facilities and even a separate ground-floor studio... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Murrabinna rest area 40 km

11km E of Kingston (L) or 94km N of Millicent (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Clay Wells rest area 49 km

77km S of Kingston (R) or 28km N of Millicent (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Coorong rest area 61 km

120km S of Meningie (R) or 24km N of Kingston (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Bool Lagoon camping area 85 km

T/O 18km S of Naracoorte (R) or 33km N of Penola (L)

At the lagoon 7km west of the highway.

Morambro Creek rest area 90 km

83km S of Keith (L) or 25km N of Naracoorte (R)

Under shady trees at the junction with Bordertown Rd.

Padthaway park area 90 km

At Padthaway

Located on the south side of town via the service road.

Struan rest area 92 km

18km S of Naracoorte (L) or 33km N of Penola (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Winavon rest area 92 km

48km S of Keith (R) or 60km N of Naracoorte (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Coonawarra rest area 96 km

38km S of Naracoorte (R) or 13km N of Penola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Father Woods rest area 96 km

31km S of Naracoorte (L) or 20km N of Penola (R)

Just off the road near several unique wood carvings.

Forty-Two-Mile Crossing camping area 97 km

T/O 78km S of Meningie (R) or 66km N of Kingston (L)

At a clearing behind dunes 3km (unsealed) west of the highway in Coorong National Park.

Greenrise Lake park area 99 km

3km S of Penola (R) or 48km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Just off the highway on the shores of the (usually dry) lake.

What's on around town

Boating Show: Jan.

Easter Surfing Classic: Easter.

Blessing of the Fleet: celebrates the role of Italians in establishing the local fishing industry; Sept.

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