Robe is not famous for Robes

Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
Trip End Nov 15, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Our first pack up and set up of the van in one day… It all went surprising well, though we must learn to slow down and perhaps glance at the instructions from time to time!
We drove from Port Fairy to Robe stopping for lunch in the gorgeous river town of Nelson.  For those of you who have not been to Nelson it consists of a BP servo, a kiosk and a pub (all the essentials for any town), it is set in a stunning location with quaint little boat shacks all along the river’s edge.
We arrived in Robe and had to set up in heavy wind and threatening rain, but we did it and all just in time for a well deserved drink!
We awoke to a miserable day… intermittent rain and strong winds, determined not to let that stop us from getting out and about to discover Robe we headed into town.  We did a lovely walk around the Lake Butler Marina, along the coastline out to the Obelisk, then on to their current modern lighthouse before heading back into town.  We had been blessed, as we arrived back at our truck the heavens opened up and the rain poured down giving us the perfect excuse to head back to camp for a couple of drinks! (Come on, what else is there to do when you are camping and the rain sets in!)
The following day (we think it was Monday however everyday is a Sunday at the moment), we decided that having driven straight through Mt Gambier we would go back to see the Blue Lake… Whilst it was nice to see the lake the highlight for us was a little nature reserve at Valley Lake where we were greeted by kangaroos and wallabies before Rod spotted a koala posing out on a limb for us.
We drove out to Cape MacDonnell and hugged the coast for as much of the Limestone Coast as we could on our way back up to Robe.  It was a lovely drive, however we were pleased to get back to base and relax.
Finally we awoke to some blue sky; we walked across the road to Long Beach and set off on our morning walk.  The beach sand was nice and firm enabling us to just walk and walk, after an hour we turned back to camp, not realising until later we had actually done a ten kilometre walk… well done to us!
We drove up to Kingston SE to take a photo of the big Rock Lobster, a request from a friend to take photos of all things ‘big’ on our journey was our motivation for those of you asking why?! (Yeh, thanks Gary Hunter!)
Being that one of the ‘to do’s’ in Robe is to drive along the beach we later joined Long Beach at Boatswains Point and drove back to Robe along the sand.  It was a gorgeous drive, novel to us and a first with our Navara.

Highlights of Robe:
-          The gorgeous coastal scenery
-          Our walk and drive along Long Beach
-          Un-spoilt little fisherman villages along the coast
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Jimmy D on

That Crayfish I through back; it wasn't big enough - compared to the ones I dive for...


gary hunter on

then why is it called robe & is taht the big peanut stanging in front of the big lobster

Georgey on

Great to see the big adventure has started. Look forward to reading about your adventures. Great start on the blog. Take Care.

Pat & Jeff on

Good to see where you are & what you are doing ,having a ball by the looks of it. Things havn't changed at the pub as you can see by Gary's comment.

Belcino on

Looks like you guys are having a ball. Take care keep on truckin.

Flag E on

Rod, I have been deleting these emails thinking they are spurious African con paraphanelia, I was right... Hey goo to see you got the Vanster out of the driveway, hope all is going well. You are one up ion us for Grey Nomading, we only do a week here and there. Maybe a little longer next time. Anyway, take care and don't forget to drop by Canberra.

All the best and I hope the crabs you caught aren't that big ;)

JJJ&T Flage

Lou on

sounds like your having a great time. I'm soooo jealous.

barrythepug on

Why didn't you take me :(

Kelly Shanahan on

You both look fabulous!
Good to see you are keeping well hydrated at each stop...?!
Take care and make sure you keep those fluids up.
Can't wait to see you out west!

Val S. on

how nice to see where you have been in such a short time... love that hat!!
so envious, but so nice to see you having a ball and living life... keep it going!
Safe travels ... Val

Kym on

Hi Brown's great to see all is going well, have you reversed the caravan yet our is it all straight ahead. If you get a chance call in to Casterton and catch up with Gerald 'Smouch' Smith
This must be the work of Lyndal as I don't remember you being this smart bomber

Track Neighbours G & M on

Pat forwarded the email and I have just read your comments and looked at the photos! Wow you are so lucky! We look forward to following your journey around Australia.

Sue Herrald on

What a great start to the "Rod Brown" envious!!!!

mum and dad on

great to see you set up so well (cant see why you didnt make our USA trip like this HA HA ) take care

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