Cruises to Robe
Robe is a town where cosy eateries, charming Victorian architecture and a beautiful natural landscape come together in equal measure.
South Australia’s Limestone Coast is home to long stretches of sandy beach, pristine pastures, World Heritage-listed natural wonders and pretty seaside towns like Robe. Robe was settled in 1802 and less than 50 years later was declared a port. Its prosperity attracted settlers and merchants in search of fortune but unfortunately, due to several factors, the 1870s saw its decline as a thriving port. Robe returned to life as a quiet country town and now offers visitors historic charm (its streets are lined with over 84 historic buildings and sites, most of which have been lovingly restored), great hospitality and delicious, fresh seafood.
At A Glance
1,018 (2011 census)
Robe Shore Tours
Guest favourites, the most booked Shore Tours at this port
What To See
Go Cave Exploring
Home to more than 100 perfectly-preserved fossils from as far back as 500,000 years, Naracoorte Caves National Park is South Australia’s only World Heritage site, attracting visitors from all over the world. At Wonambi Fossil Centre, discover what Naracoorte was like over 200,000 years ago, explore the spectacular stalactites in the wet cave, or test your vocals in the great acoustics of Blanche Cave. Our Shore Tour will comfortably drive you to the site which is 1.5-hours inland.
Indulge in the fruit of local vines
Less than two hours from Robe lies the rich red terra rossa soil of Coonawarra, known to wine lovers the world over. Coonawarra is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest wine regions and is particularly known for its cabernet sauvignon. Pick up a bottle and enjoy it with Robe’s famous lobster - a perfect match.
Explore the watery surroundings
Uncover rock pools at Hoopers Beach or stroll the boardwalk at the Outlet and spot ibises and pelicans. Or you can watch the lobster boats come in with their catch of the day (about 12 noon) at Lake Butler. If that’s making you peckish, you can always pick up a serving of fish and chips and enjoy the views from the foreshore at Town Beach.
Your ship will anchor off Robe and you’ll be transferred to Robe Marina by tenders, which will provide a regular service throughout the day.
There are limited taxis in Robe.
Along Victoria Street, you’ll find a selection of restaurants dishing up local seafood, from lobster (October to May) to the town’s other two specialties - shark and snapper - both also an ideal choice at one of the local fish and chip shops, where it’s as fresh as it comes! Robe is also known for its great cafes, some of which roast their own blend.
Quarantine authorities generally don’t allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially-packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed, subject to inspection.
Apart from great restaurants, Victoria Street offers boutiques selling homewares, gourmet goodies and books, as well as antiques, collectables and local art.
South Australia experiences a variety of climates ranging from desert temperatures in the north, to Mediterranean weather along the coast. Very hot weather can be experienced between December and February, but spring and autumn are usually pleasant. Winter is the coolest and wettest season.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. ATMs can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available throughout Robe. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home (where applicable). Free wi-fi may be available at Robe Public Library and Union Cafe on Victoria Street.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You’re also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of tours available to really get the most out of your time in Robe. Tours can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and are subject to availability. Guests are required to meet at a specific location for each Shore Tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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