Out-of-the-way beaches are some of the best around, as Cassie Long­worth dis­cov­ered in quaint Robe

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Travel -

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 (, 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 (Sky­ 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 (Cale­do­nian­in­ 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 ( 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 (Karat­taw­ 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. 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.

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