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Things to do in Robe: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay & Play

Robe, South Australia is a picturesque, historic town bursting with charm, beautiful beaches and accommodation for every budget.

Robe, South Australia

Nothing recharges your batteries quite like a weekend escape to the seaside village of Robe, South Australia. What Robe lacks in population (there are 1,500 permanent residents) it makes up for in charm. Picture this; a historic town centre, thriving cafe culture and pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters. Situated halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, and just 90 minutes from Mount Gambier, Robe is the perfect destination for both short or longer stays alike. 

Ready to book? We've rounded up some of the most sought-after accommodation in Robe South Australia, for a low-key winter holiday destination to remember. 

Just 90 minutes from Mount Gambier, this picturesque coastal town transforms from a local’s seaside village to a bustling and chic holiday hotspot come summer. Holiday makers flock to Robe to soak up the sun on long sandy white beaches and kick back in cosmopolitan cafes and glam galleries. Start your day off with a pick-me-up coffee and breakfast at Mahalia Coffee, sample the smorgasbord of local seafood on offer (Robe is famed for its crayfish) and wind down with a local brew at Robe Town Brewery. Browse boutique shops, stroll along Long Beach stretching 14km of sandy-white bliss or drive right on to the sand and spend the day enjoying the surf. Soak in the seaside scenery on a coastal walk and stop for a photo at the insta-famous Cape Dombey Obelisk.

Things to do in Robe: EAT & DRINK

Olive's Robe


For dine in or takeaway, Olive's is serving up a slice of Robe's best pizza. Settle into this light-filled and welcoming space for the 'Bee Shrimpy'; prawn, pancetta, fior di latte and chilli honey or the 'Spud'; garlic, potato, caramelised onion, rosemary, chilli oil, fior di latte and mozzarella and a hearty bowl of carbonara or puttanesca pasta, alongside housemade Italian meatballs in a Napoli sauce, and moules frites. Bring the whole family along; they also have a great kids menu. With a glass of wine or spritz in hand, Olive's will easily prove to be one of the best things to do in Robe when it comes to delicious dining. 

4 Victoria Street, Robe 

Robe Town Brewery (Image Credit: Visit Limestone Coast)

Robe Town Brewery

Heads up. This is the only wood-fired brewery in the whole of Australia. Robe Town Brewery is unique, making a huge range of delicious beer with a fascinating array of old-school and low-tech methods. Wood-fired means that they use no electricity or gas to boil the wort during the brewing process. Their cellar door and tap room offers a wide range of beers to taste and take-away along with a range of local wines, and other beverages.

Sitchu Tip: Check out the awesome vibes at Robe Town Brewery during one of their regular live music nights. 

10 White Street, Robe

Mahalia Coffee

Mahalia Coffee

Looking for that perfect cup of coffee to start your day on your weekend away? A visit to Mahalia Coffee is a must on your list of things to do in Robe. This cosy coffee roastery and cafe is the best spot in town to relax and unwind while enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee made from their very own roasted beans. You can even buy a bag of beans or coffee brewing equipment to take home, or spend time browsing through their unique collection of gifts.

Hungry for more? Gather your friends or family over a full cooked breakfast, lunch or a delicious homemade cake for afternoon tea. Go for the eggs your way, and make sure to add some pesto cream mushrooms and haloumi on the side. Delicious!

Sitchu Tip: Not just about the coffee, Mahalia also make a mean vanilla chai that you need to try. 

2 Flint Street, Robe 

Caledonian Inn

Caledonian Inn

It's hard to go past a great pub when it comes eating out on holiday with friend and family. Robe has a beauty in its hands with Caledonian Inn. First licensed in 1858, it's a historic English-style pub that's both cosy and convivial, offering both a charming place to dine and unwind, and even spend the night

For lunch or dinner, enjoy hearty dishes like Berkshire pork belly, steak and twice cooked potatoes with your choice of sauce, fresh local oysters, fish and chips and veggie schnitzels; there's even an impressive seafood platter for two to indulge in with your partner! 

1 Victoria Street, Robe

Drift Cafe

Drift Cafe

A beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch and coffee. Drift Cafe is an architecturally designed coastal space for relaxing on the deck or picnic on the lawns. Seasonal fresh produce and native foraged greens aplenty - and it's even pet friendly!  

3 Victoria Street, Robe

Union Cafe

Union Cafe

This is a low-key, family-friendly cafe offering up some of the best breakfast, brunch and lunch in town. From fresh avocado, feta and poached eggs on toast through to crispy and perfectly seasoned fish and chips, to breakfast specials like crumbed eggplant with harissa yogurt, grilled broccolini, a basil and cashew pesto, dukkah and poached eggs and karaage chicken bao buns, Union Cafe is a flavoursome hit. The coffee is great, the cake specials are scrumptious (hello, Biscoff cheesecake) and the atmosphere is some of the friendliest in town. What a gem. 

4/17-19 Victoria Street, Robe

Woodsoak Wines (Image Credit: Australias Guide)

Woodsoak Wines

A favourite spot in town for a post-swim glass of vino, Woodsoak Wines is an award-winning winery serving up a quirky and friendly experience from their Outdoor Wine Room in Robe. Come summertime, this oft-bustling spot, housed in the historic Evans Cottage in the heart of Robe's main street is a charming spot for sipping on delicious wine that perfectly complements their sun-kissed courtyard. 

Choose from a range of 10 wines, of which three are named after the owners' children, Vijay, Raj and Rani. Everyone is welcome to indulge in a wine tasting session, a glass of wine, or a bottle to share with friends. 

What makes this cellar door experience even more unique is the Indian bar that they wheel out daily, that's dishing out signature samosa plates with mango chutney, and pakora bowls with mint chutney. You can even pair your wine with BYO fish and chips, or order pizza and have it delivered. 

There's games too. Think Connect 4 through to tic tac toe for the whole family; or engross yourselves in an adult Giant Jenga competition. 

20 Victoria Street, Robe

West Beach Cantina

West Beach Cantina

For good times, refreshing margs, and loaded burritos, look no further than West Beach Cantina. A local burrito shop, it's a tasty hit among locals and tourists alike, that's suitable for a quick lunch or vibrant dinner where the drinks flow, the table loads up with chips and guac, fish tacos, pulled pork and chicken burritos, and the vibes light up with big laughs and bigger smiles. 

Temporarily closed (reopening December 2023)

30-32 Victoria Street, Robe 

Robe Ice Cream (Image Credit: San Duong)

Robe Ice Cream

The makers of house-made premium gelato ice cream and home of the Robe Art Map, which has been created by the artist in residence, Neil Welsh. Robe Ice Cream is the place to go to enjoy ice cream, milkshakes and doughnuts in a tropical oasis garden.

35 Victoria Street, Robe 

Sky Seafoods

Sky Seafoods

Locally caught seafood is sourced from the clear, pristine waters off the beautiful coast of Robe at Sky Seafoods. Of course, you can grab fresh oysters and lobster to take back to your self-contained accommodation and cook up a seafood storm, but what you're really here for is 'The Dock Menu'. Take a seat under some brollies at the dock and prepare to feast - on seafood platters stacked with lobster, prawns and oysters, super fresh and crispy fish and chips, seafood baskets piled up with fish, scallop, prawns, calamari and chips, spring rolls and battered fish bites. Quintessential Robe dining at its most fresh, relaxed and simultaneously luxe; seriously, it's not everyday you get o crack into lobster served straight from the source. 

58 Robe Street, Robe

Things to do in Robe: EXPLORE

Long Beach (Image Credit: Robe Holiday Park)

Long Beach

Long Beach at Robe is a safe family beach with gentle surf. It's also unique in the fact that its one of the few beaches where you are able to drive your car onto the sand.

Long Beach, Robe

Limestone Coast Boat Tours

Limestone Coast Boat Tours 

Set sail from the Lake Butler Marina in Robe to embark on an exhilarating coastal adventure with Limestone Coast Boat Tours. Cruise along Long Beach's stunning shoreline, seize the opportunity to connect with the playful sea lions and long nosed fur seals on Godfrey Island, witness the dance of seabirds and after a captivating wildlife encounter, the voyage is finished off with awe-inspiring views of the iconic Robe Obelisk. 

Lake Butler Marina, Robe

Robe Jetty

Robe Jetty

A beautiful place to fish or simply go for a morning or sunset stroll, Robe Jetty is a scenic spot that perfectly captures Robe's inherent coastal charm. 

5 Obelisk Road, Robe

Robe Obelisk (Image Credit: Natalie Jeffcott)

The Obelisk

The Obelisk was erected on Cape Dombey in 1852, used to navigate entrance into Guichen Bay and to store rocket lifesaving equipment. The firing of rockets carrying baskets to distressed ships to bring passengers ashore saved many lives. Later it assisted passing ships with navigation, standing at a height of 12 metres it is easily visible 20 kilometres out to sea. In 1862, after complaints by the Captains that the then white Obelisk was difficult to differentiate from Long Beach’s white sand hills, it was repainted in alternate red and white bands, as it now stands proudly today. The perfect little daytime venture, a visit to The Obelisk is one of the best things to do in Robe. 

5 Obelisk Road, Robe

Little Dip Beach (Image Credit: Explore Shaw)

Little Dip Conservation Park

Little Dip Conservation Park conserves a number of small lakes found throughout the park. Each lake has its own unique character, ranging from the open, marshy and shallow Lake Eliza to the very salty Big Dip Lake, and the deep Fresh Water Lake.

The area also features a ruggedly beautiful coastline including a large area of coastal sand dunes. A favourite beach to visit is Little Dip Beach. The beaches provide good opportunities for beachcombing and surf fishing.

The foreshore of Lake Eliza was once home to large numbers of Aboriginal Boandik people some 10,000 years ago. Large number of middens (shellfish remains) left by the Aboriginal people can still be seen in the park today.

Robe, South Australia

Things to do in Robe: SHOP

Memory Lane Antiques

Memory Lane Antiques 

Love a little vintage shopping on holiday? You'll love Memory Lane Antiques. It's a charming spot for finding old records, books, board games, antiques and collectables. Sitting on the main street of Robe, they store plays music to the passing population all day, from old rock in the morning to relaxing jazz and soul in the afternoon. Browse in the book room, pick your away around the hodgepodge of eclectic antiques and buy the vinyl you’ve been looking for from their range of over 4000.

10 Victoria Street, Robe 

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes 

Loaves and Fishes is a boutique homeware and lifestyle store stocking a unique range of fashion and gifts, sourced both locally and internationally.

You'll also find a great range of Robe souvenirs in store to remember your holiday by, along with their iconic ‘Obelisk Doorstop’. 

27 Victoria Street, Robe

Things to do in Robe: ACCOMMODATION


Intended to be a ‘home away from home’, Bask is a two-bedroom cottage with all of the mod-cons you need to stay cozy in winter and cool in summer. Bohemian interiors give this accommodation in Robe South Australia a relaxing, earthy vibe, making it the perfect location to relax and unwind after a busy week. Stay here and you’ll be close to everything: 100 metres to the main street, 150 metres to the beach and 100 metres to the golf course. 

From $193.00 per night 

Address available on request

The Pelican Shed

The Pelican Shed 

With bright, airy interiors and an open-plan layout, The Pelican Shed is a contemporary beach house with a distinctly coastal feel. Natural light streams in throughout the home thanks to an abundance of glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. There are beaches, wetlands and walking trails nearby so you can make the most of what the area has to offer. This two-bedroom accommodation features a king and queen bed.

From $320.00 per night for two adults

2 Park Terrace, Robe

Caledonian Inn

Caledonian Inn

If you want to be in the thick of it, you can’t look past the Caledonian Inn. This historic building was originally built in 1857 due to its close proximity to the busy port. These days, it is a pub and bistro that also offers up an array of accommodation options, depending on what you’re after. The Inn itself has single and double rooms, located right above the venue. If you’d prefer something with a bit more room, there’s also Splash (a three-bedroom home) or Cottages By The Sea (four self-contained cottages). 

From $77.00 per night

1 Victoria Street, Robe


Honeyfield is accommodation in Robe South Australia that is all about romance, hinterland, and wine country. Built in the early 1850's, it combines the best of French country chic with the earthy sophistication of Mediterranean living. The cottage is located just eight minutes from Robe and a short drive to the entrance to magnificent Long Beach. Honeyfield is surrounded by the beauty of the Mount Benson wine region and a garden filled with sweet smelling lavender and fragrant herbs, perfect for whipping up a delicious feast on a winter weekend away in Robe.

From $195.00 average per night

3006 Southern Ports Highway, Mount Benson


Take in the sunshine at Enchante and be mesmerised by the beautiful coastal views from this easy breezy accommodation in Robe South Australia. Right across the road, guests are treated to ocean views of Long Beach, famous for its perfect swimming and surfing conditions. Enjoy your morning coffee in this quintessential beach shack, while looking out through the floor to ceiling windows. A perfect family holiday rental. Sleeps 6. 

From $450.00 per night (two night minimum stay)

Address available upon request

The Snug

Snug as a bug and perfect for couples on a romantic getaway in Robe, The Snug is a beachfront holiday home offering sustainability, scenic sea views, and 60 metre close proximity from Town Beach. Enjoy the patio, picnic and outdoor dining area and the cosiness that this 2 bedroom terrace provides. You can play tennis here too. Guests at The Snug can also enjoy fishing and hiking nearby, or making the most of the garden.

From $620.00 per two night minimum stay

36-38 Smillie Street, Robe

Karatta Cottage

Karatta Cottage

This charming seaside retreat is the ultimate romantic escape and the perfect base to explore everything Robe South Australia has to offer. Part of a seaside home built in 1858 for the Jones family to escape the inland heat of the dry Limestone Coast summer, it overlooks the sparkling waters of Karatta Beach and Lake Butler Marina. Karatta Cottage is full of historic seaside charm and is just as good for snuggling up on a grey rainy day in front of the fire with a good book and glass of wine as it is to enjoy in the summer months.

From $250.00 per night, two night minimum

Address available upon request

Mrs Banks

Mrs Banks

History, location and style combine in effortless accommodation in Robe South Australia style at Mrs Banks. Built circa 1846, it is brimming with love & history. Constructed with material salvaged from local shipwrecks it boasts character and charm albeit with modern conveniences, to make your stay a unique experience in the centre of town. More good news: It's also walking distance to the beach.

From $172.00 per night, two night minimum stay

Address available upon request

Tea Tree

Switch off and reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape in Robe. Tea Tree is a one bedroom, contemporary styled, self contained home suitable for singles or couples. A uniquely handcrafted dwelling lined with local limestone and recycled timber, it has a warmth and welcomeness that will make you feel right at home. Tucked away on a quiet street close to the centre of town, it's a fantastic location to relax, unwind and explore the beautiful Limestone Coast. Enjoy a glass of local red by the fire pit and slip into holiday bliss mode. 

From $250.00 a night, two night minimum stay

Address available upon request

The Salty Olive

The Salty Olive

Slow down and reinvigorate with unhurried mornings and leisurely walks from your dreamy base at The Salty Olive. This self-contained property has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and open plan living, where you can gather by the crackling wood fire with a glass of wine or sink into the sofa, guilt free. You’ll find all that you need for your beach holiday in Robe South Australia.

From $250.00 a night, four night minimum stay

Address available upon request

Planning a weekend away, but not sure if you can make it to Robe? Check out our comprehensive round up of the best winter holiday destinations in South Australia. Alternatively, if your time is limited, might we suggest a staycation in Adelaide CBD instead?

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