Lighthouse and Obelisk
Established in 1973, the Robe Lighthouse augmented the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse which was converted to automatic operation after 100 years of manual service and was eventually moved to Kingston as a museum. This lighthouse is one of a new designs being built within Australia incorporating the latest electronic optical equipment. The building situated adjacent to the tower houses a standby power plant which in the event of mains power failure automatically comes into operation and also automatically closes down when mains power supply is restored.
The Robe Lighthouse is a star-shaped concrete tower which was built in 1972. It is 3.5 metres wide at the bottom, and slants towards 5 metres wide at the top.
It was built to replace the now defunct Cape Jaffa Lighthouse near Kingston.
The light array is three vertical banks of 5 x 200w headlight type lamps in each bank. The light has always been automatic and therefore unmanned.
The optic consists of a revolving hexagonal column of sealed beam lamps, showing a character of three flashes every 10 seconds with an intensity of 410,000 candelas, giving a range of 37 kms. The tower is 18 metres high and 63.1 metres above sea level
In the early days of settlement, Robe was the main port for the south-east of South Australia and the border country.
Until the establishment of this light, the only navigational aid into Robe was an obelisk.
The lighthouse on the western edge of the Robe township and is easily accessible by road.
The Robe Obelisk
The Obelisk was erected on Cape Dombey in 1852 and was used to navigate the entrance to Guichen Bay, as well as to store rocket lifesaving equipment. The firing of rockets, carrying baskets to distressed ships to bring passengers ashore, saved many lives. It later assisted passing ships with navigation because its height of 12m (40 ft) makes it visible 20km (12mles) out to sea.
The erosion of the land surrounding the obelisk will mean it will eventually fall away so make sure you visit this icon whilst staying in Robe.