Originally one of the South Australian coast’s largest ports – Robe’s seafaring history is full of extrordinary events and wonderful sites. Robe has over 84 historic buildings and sites including Royal Circus where the bullock drays unloaded, the Custom’s House, the Governor’s former summer residence – Karatta House and many other magnificent heritage buildings.
Cape Dombey Obelisk
The Obelisk was erected on Cape Dombey in 1852 and was used to navigate the entrance to Guichen Bay, as well as to store rocket lifesaving equipment. The firing of rockets, carrying baskets to distressed ships to bring passengers ashore, … More
Chinese Monument erected on the Robe foreshore to commemorate the landing of over 17,500 Chinese who walked 400kms from Robe to the Victorian Goldfields.
Robe’s trade in the 1860′s was drawn from a large hinterland which extended for about 100 miles inland. In addition to wool, the district immediately around Robe was producing large numbers of horses for the export trade. By-products of he … More
Constructed in 1860/61 at a cost of 1959 pounds ($3918). Only half of the original design was constructed for male prisoners. A duplicate half on the southern side of the main entrance was to be built at a later date … More
The Robe Customs House is centrally located at the Royal Circus, a roundabout overlooking the small harbour. It is an attractive limestone building with brick quoins which was built in 1863 to cater for the large number of Chinese passing … More