Robe Obelisk

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5 Obelisk Road, Robe, South Australia

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The Obelisk was built in 1855 by local builder George Shivas at a cost of 230 pounds, the limestone, was carted to it's site by a 32 bullock wagon team, Originally mariners were unhappy with the white painted obelisk as it was still difficult to differentiate the marker from the sand hills on Long Beach and the limestone cliffs along the coast. In 1862 the Obelisk was repainted in alternate red and white horizontal bands and it can now be seen from a distance of 20 kilometers on a clear day. Given the South East coasts notoriety for ship wrecks, with 30 wrecks occurring in Guichen Bay in 1853 alone. The Obelisk was used to store rockets which were fired to distressed ships which carried life lines and baskets for bringing passengers ashore thus saving many lives. The Obelisk is 40 feet tall and stands 100 feet above sea level, defying rough weather and decaying limestone cliffs of Cape Domby.

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Lat: -37.156025 Lng: 139.744726

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T'n'T

Road is closed but can walk from gaol ruins carpark. There is also a sculpture and lookout to see.

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MareeMcB

Road was closed but we could see it from the lighthouse.

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Jonique Life

This is such a cool and unique structure... looks like something straight out of a Sci-Fi movie. You must see it! The obelisk is only a short walk out of the centre of town and you can easily drive to it as well with plenty of room in the carpark for a van as well. There is a fence that stops you getting right to the base of it as the cliffs are to dangerous but you can still get some great shots. "Jonique Life" Follow our journey around Australia on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and YouTube as we highlight wonderful experiences and magical places you can add to your ever growing bucket list.

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