Australian Towns & Cities
South Australia: Robe
Incorporating photos and Information from Michael Greenslade's former Australian Towns, Cities and Highways site

Robe, a popular coastal tourist destination on the shores of Guichen Bay, lies just off the Southern Ports Highway between Kingston SE and Millicent in the south-east of South Australia.

Established in 1846, the town is one of the oldest in the state and was established as a port after recommendations from naval explorers. Growth occurred initially from settlers and later from Chinese immigrants en-route to the Victorian goldfields avoiding entry directly to Victoria. As port operation eventually declined, the town's fishing base had been well established and the town also became a service centre for the surrounding sheep and grain growing industries. In recent times the town has become a popular tourist destination with several of the original buildings from the 1840-50's still standing with Guichen Bay offering a good range of safe swimming and surf beaches. In stark contrast, the coastline to the west is rugged and features the old navigational obelisk and lighthouse. Also in town are a series of lakes which offer water activities, lookouts to the west over the cliff faces, an interesting town centre, good foreshore parkland and various historic, self guided walks.


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Fox's Beach:
Looking north-east across Fox's Beach towards Long Beach & Guichen Ban, Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Soldiers Memorial:
The Soldiers Memorial on Mundy Tce, Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Lake Butler:
View over Lake Butler at Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Town Centre:
Looking northwest in the Robe town centre at the corner of Main Rd, Squires Dr and Victoria St, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Main Road:
Main Road as it leaves Robe town centre, near Banks Road, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Victoria & Davenport Streets:
Corner of Victoria and Davenport Streets in Robe town centre, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Town Centre:
View of the town centre, along Victoria St in Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Smillie Street:
Smillie Street, looking west from Bagot Street, Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Lake Butler:
View west over Lake Butler from Royal Circle with monument in the foreground, Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Seafarers Memorial:
View from Seafarers Memorial, Mundy Terrace, Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Breakwater:
Foreshore parkland, looking west towards the Breakwater, Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Town Beach:
Looking east over the foreshore parkland adjacent to Mundy Tce with the Town Beach in the distance, Robe, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

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