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ROBE BEACH RUN

This is a short, beachfront trip, but there are some hazards - March 2014.

The Beach Run is a fun pursuit today, but Robe’s situation made it an important port in the days when most freight went around the coast by ship.

robe beach runThe starting point, when you arrive at the beautiful town of Robe in South Australia, is a visit to the excellent Robe Visitor Information Centre, where you can pick up an information pack that includes Beach Run track maps and distance charts, a tide chart and a string of emergency phone numbers.

Drivers are also made aware that there's very soft beach sand; high tide covers some beaches and there are oncoming vehicle hazards on crests.

Our route takes the Nora Creina scenic road south to Beachport and then the beachfront route back to Robe.

About 4.5km north of Beachport there’s a track junction and shortly after that is a spur track to a midden site. At around 7km is a left turn onto the beach – time to drop tyre pressures down to around 110kPa (16psi).

robe beach runFrom this point on it’s necessary to judge the softness of the sand and the tidal movement. There are several escape tracks from the beach if needed.

The track weaves from beachfront to inland routes, as it skirts small bays and headlands. At high tides there are several points that require inland detours and there are some very steep climbs as well.

The section north of Nora Creina is similar to the southern section, but there are track closures as well in some places, because of excessively soft beach sand and erosion.

When we last did the Robe Beach Run the beach track was washed away between The Gums and Queens Head Beach, forcing us onto the inland track.

robe beach runThe Beach Run is great 4WD adventure, but there’s plenty more to do in the Robe area.

The Nora Creina Drive enters Little Dip National Park, where there are beautiful lakes and at Nora Creina there are historic buildings and a jetty in this beautiful bay.

The Robe Visitor Information Centre provides maps and notes for Scenic and Heritage Drives, as well as a booklet on what to see and do in Robe.

For a $50 deposit at the local library it’s possible to borrow books, DVDs and magazines.

Deep sea fishing charters are popular, as are joy flights in historic aircraft.

Robe history

robe beach runThe Beach Run is a fun pursuit today, but Robe’s situation made it an important port in the days when most freight went around the coast by ship.

Matthew Flinders did a survey of the coast in 1802 and is remembered by a memorial seat, positioned on the picturesque foreshore.

A Chinese Memorial records the arrival of some 17,000 hopeful Orientals who arrived between 1857 and 1863, in search of wealth in the Victorian gold fields.

The Old Gaol walls were reinforced with wrecked ship boiler plates to prevent prisoners picking their way out!

Factory Bay was originally the site of a canning factory and later became a rubbish site where countless brown and green beer bottles were dumped. The bottles washed into the cove and gave the bay a new name – Glass Beach.


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