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Obelisk Robe

Admire this red-and-white striped navigational icon and marvel at its dramatic location on limestone cliffs ravaged by pounding ocean waves.

The Robe Obelisk, or Cape Dombey Obelisk, is a historic navigation beacon perched precariously on a rapidly eroding clifftop above the ocean. Walk here to see this eye-catching structure from a safe distance and enjoy the stunning vistas out to sea.

Head towards the obelisk along one of the coastal footpaths that lead out to the clifftop of Cape Dombey. Take in some of the stunning coastal scenery on your way. The final approach to the obelisk is now fenced off because the limestone cliffs are constantly eroding due to the unrelenting waves. You can still admire the obelisk though, which stands at 40 feet (12 meters) in height and sits 100 feet (30 meters) above the ocean.

As you gaze out to sea, think back to the days of the early seafarers who had the treacherous task of navigating this risky coastline. Approximately 30 ships were lost at sea in the surrounding Guichen Bay waters in 1853, prompting the construction of the obelisk in 1855. The obelisk also used to contain a store of rockets that could be fired to assist ships in distress.

Admire the work that went into erecting the obelisk in this location. It is said that the limestone was carried here by a wagon with a team of 32 bullocks towing it. The obelisk was originally painted white before receiving its current red-and-white markings in 1862. These colors help to make it stand out from the sun reflecting off the limestone cliffs and Long Beach’s white sandy hills. Robe Obelisk is now visible to ships sailing up to 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the shore.

Time your visit to catch the sunset. Looking west out over the ocean, see the water and the sky take on spellbinding colors as the glowing sun sinks beneath the waves.

The Robe Obelisk is easily reached by foot along the marked coastal paths. You can also use the access road past the ruins of the old Robe Gaol to drive to the gravel parking lot on Cape Dombey itself and park for free. There are no entry fees.


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Discovery Parks Robe AU$79
Discovery Parks Robe

Discovery Parks Robe

70 - 80 Esplanade, Robe, SA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Waterhouse, this beach campground is within a 15-minute walk of Long Beach and Lake Fellmongery. Hooper Beach and Robe Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Harbour View Motel AU$115
    Harbour View Motel

    Harbour View Motel

    2 Sturt Street, Robe, SA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Waterhouse, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Robe Lake Buttler Marina and Robe Golf Club. Obelisk Robe and Hooper Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Robetown Motor Inn & Apartments AU$130
      Robetown Motor Inn & Apartments

      Robetown Motor Inn & Apartments

      14 Main Road, Robe, SA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Waterhouse, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Fellmongery, Long Beach, and Robe Golf Club. Obelisk Robe and Little Dip Conservation Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Robe Marina Accommodation AU$150
        Robe Marina Accommodation

        Robe Marina Accommodation

        Lipson Terrace, Robe, SA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Waterhouse, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Robe Lake Buttler Marina and Robe Golf Club. Hooper Beach and Obelisk Robe are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Best Western Melaleuca Motel AU$115
          Best Western Melaleuca Motel

          Best Western Melaleuca Motel

          20 Smillie Street, Robe, SA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Waterhouse, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Robe Golf Club, Robe Lake Buttler Marina, and Hooper Beach. Lake Fellmongery and Obelisk Robe are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Guichen Bay Motel AU$110
            Guichen Bay Motel

            Guichen Bay Motel

            42 Victoria Street, Robe, SA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Waterhouse, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Hooper Beach, Lake Fellmongery, and Robe Golf Club. Robe Lake Buttler Marina and Long Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Robe House AU$235
              Robe House

              Robe House

              1A Hagen Street, Robe, SA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Waterhouse, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Robe Lake Buttler Marina and Robe Golf Club. Hooper Beach and Obelisk Robe are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Aloha Beachfront Accommodation
                Aloha Beachfront Accommodation

                Aloha Beachfront Accommodation

                Lipson Terrace, Robe, SA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Waterhouse apartment building is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Robe Lake Buttler Marina and Robe Golf Club. Hooper Beach and Lake Fellmongery are also within 1 mi (2 km).