Out-of-the-way beaches are some of the best around, as Cassie Longworth discovered in quaint Robe
To be honest, I’d never heard of Robe before – it’s such a small seaside town, and that’s where its appeal lies. All the must-sees are close together in the town, and the food is the best of the best. The small-town vibe means the locals are super friendly. Josh, the owner of No.4 cafe (No4.com.au), took me on a sneaky 4WD tour around Robe where I really got to know everything about this beautiful place. Make sure your hire car’s a 4WD so you can cruise along Long Beach – they have surfing events on the beach so you should get out and explore. Plus the views are incredible.
Stop off at Sky Seafoods (Skyseafoods.com.au) and look at the enormous lobsters and crabs. I was lucky enough to hold a 3kg lobster (while screaming in fear) for some fun Insta pics – oh, and then I ate some. This tour was definitely the highlight of the trip!
Near Mount Gambier Airport is the Umpherston Sinkhole – something you don’t see every day! It’s a massive sinkhole that’s been made into a magical garden. Factor in time pre-flight to have a look over the side into the hole, then walk down the spiral staircase through to the garden.
Caledonian Inn (Caledonianinnrobe.com.au). This quirky pub and restaurant includes beautiful cottages for accommodation and is perfect for a family trip or, if you’re like me, a yolo girls’ weekend away. Outside the cottages there is a beautiful garden, where you’ll get the best pics with the beach in the background. Wander down the pathway from the garden and it will lead you straight to the beach for a dip.
No.4 (No4.com.au). For breakfast, you can’t go past this place. Owner Josh insisted I try a plate of Robe lobster scrambled eggs (I was easily convinced). I swear, this was the best breakfast food I have ever tried in my life. Bonus points for Josh: the cafe is dog friendly *squeals*.
Karatta Wines (Karattawines.com.au). I’m a sucker for a great glass of vino, so I had to stop by and do a wine tasting. How was it? I left with 12 bottles of wine… sorry, liver!
Yoga Pam (Yogapam. com.au/robe). It was so nice to take time for myself with some stretching and Dru-style yoga.
(Right) The Robe Beach obelisk is 160 years old. (Below) Behold: Umpherston Sinkhole.