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Lots of great reasons to visit Robe in South Australia

By Laura McKinnon
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Almost an island - the story of Robe by Liz Harfull

Almost an island - the story of Robe by Liz Harfull

Lake Butler Marina, Robe, Limestone Coast.
Lake Butler, Robe, Limestone Coast.
Robe Customs House, Limestone Coast
The Big Lobster, Robe, Limestone Coast


Situated along South Australia's magnificent Limestone Coast lies the seaside resort of Robe, a town with a rich history worthy of its own book and for the first time in fifty years it has just that.

Almost an Island: The story of Robe celebrates the history, people and beauty of this special place, guided by author Liz Harfull and her passion for telling the stories of regional Australia.

With nineteen chapters divided into four main sections, titled The Early Years, Life, Work and Play, Almost an Island: The Story of Robe starts out describing when Nicolas Baudin, a French explorer, first viewed Guichen Bay in 1802.

Liz Harful then moves on to bring life to the port's heyday, when during the 1850s clipper ships were heading to London full of wool, and Chinese migrants were arriving in their thousands to work the Victorian Goldfields.

Life leads you on a journey through the creative side of Robe, its food and wine, its natural beauty, the contributions of the church and the effect war had on the community. This section alone leaves you with a desire to visit Robe and a list of places on your Robe bucket list.

Eating fresh lobster at Robe was ranked 76 on the list of 100 things to do in Australia before you die by Australian Traveller magazine in 2011 and it is definitely on mine now!

Play gives you a comprehensive overview of the many leisure activities, both historic and modern day, enjoyed in Robe.

Now boasting one of the world’s oldest continuing surfing competitions, Robe is so much more than a summer beach destination and  Almost an Island: The Story of Robe is so much more than a history book for locals. It brings together stories, memories and images gathered by generations of residents and holidaymakers.

Here you will find pioneering settlers and aviators, fishermen braving wild seas in small wooden boats, famous painters and poets, chefs and winemakers, and meet some of the families drawn to this breathtaking virtual island to escape their hectic everyday lives.

Best of all you will find the inspiration to visit or even revisit Robe. Highly recommended, fun and inspiring!


Almost an Island: The Story of Robe by Liz Harfull is published by Wakefield Press (Kent Town, SA, full colour HB, 288pp, RRP A$49.95. It is available at good stores and online through subscribers receive a 20% DISCOUNT when buying this book directly through Wakefield Press. Details and link here »


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