With its seaside location, well-preserved historical buildings and the gorgeous South Australian countryside on its doorstep, Robe makes a fantastic location for a vacation. Lie on a beach, explore the ruins of an old jail and see ancient fossils in an underground cave.

Learn more about the history that shaped the town by visiting its heritage sites. Tour the 1863 customs house, now a maritime museum. See exhibits on shipwrecks and the thousands of Chinese immigrants who came here during the middle of the 19th century. Stop by the ruins of the 19th-century jail, which last housed prisoners in 1881. Study a visual history of the town at the Historical Interpretation Center.

As you make your way through the streets, shop for antiques, clothes and artworks and enjoy local hospitality in the cafés and restaurants.

Being a seaside destination, the coast is a big attraction. Surf, swim, fish and relax at the beaches around Robe, including Long Beach, where you can drive your car onto the sand.

Venture into the area surrounding the town for more attractions and activities. Exercise your leg muscles with hikes along walking trails that hug the coastline. Make your way up to Robe's southern headland to see the obelisk, which dates back to 1852 and historically helped guide ships navigating the entrance to Guichen Bay.

Go waterskiing on Lake Fellmongery and explore the caves of Naracoorte Caves National Park, about a 1-hour drive northeast of Robe. These underground grottoes have yielded tons of fossils of ancient animals. See some of their skeletons on guided tours.

Seek some refreshments in the Robe Wine Region, which encompasses several vineyards and is located on the eastern side of town. Also nearby is the Mount Benson Wine Region.

Robe is about 210 miles (335 kilometers) south of Adelaide. Arrive by bus, coach or car and have fun in a vacation destination with great beaches, beautiful countryside and a fascinating past.

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Lakes, Friendly People and Relaxing

Top hotels in Robe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Discovery Parks Robe
4 out of 5
70 - 80 Esplanade, Robe, SA
AU$71/night
1 Sep. - 2 Sep.
4.2/5Very Good! (283 reviews)

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (283 reviews)

"Great spot to the beach, good ammenities, easy stroll along the cliffs into town. Very relaxing"…"

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2019

Discovery Parks Robe
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Robetown Motor Inn & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
14 Main Road, Robe, SA
AU$117/night
27 Aug. - 28 Aug.
4.2/5Very Good! (431 reviews)

This hotel is located in Robe (Waterhouse), near the airport, Lake Fellmongery, Robe Golf Club, and Obelisk Robe. Area attractions also include Long Beach and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (431 reviews)

"All was good and well at this place, would be nice to have some plates, forks & spoons for eating takeaways!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2019

Robetown Motor Inn & Apartments
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Best Western Melaleuca Motel
2.5 out of 5
20 Smillie Street, Robe, SA
AU$110/night
31 Aug. - 1 Sep.
4.2/5Very Good! (183 reviews)

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (183 reviews)

"Our room was spacious with table and chairs plus a lounge. It also had a full kitchen. The location is perfect."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2019

Best Western Melaleuca Motel

Popular activities in Robe

Obelisk Robe
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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.

Long Beach
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Long Beach

Go for a drive along the sand, jump in for a swim or just enjoy soaking up the rays on this stunning crescent-shaped beach.