Simply the best

February 9, 2024 BY

In the Limestone Coast we have always known how great Robe’s Long Beach is but the word is about to spread nationally and beyond with Tourism Australia naming the stretch of coastline the best in South Australia and eighth overall nationally.

Robe Mayor Lisa Ruffell was thrilled with the announcement for a multitude of reasons.

“Promotion of this announcement is always fantastic for Robe district but l also feel it’s very important for our community to know outside our town others believe we have the best beaches too,” Mayor Ruffell said.

And the town’s leader was clear on why Long Beach made the cut.

“Long Beach is easily accessible, has pristine waters and is a beach that is safe for families to enjoy, with gentle surf,” she said. “You can drive along the beach for approximately 17km, with awesome views of the turquoise waters and marine life.”

The Mayor also talking up the entire Robe precinct off the back of a summer that saw the seaside town enjoy a busy season.

“Robe’s hidden treasures are the breathtaking coastal walking tracks, views from the highest places like Beacon Hill and there’s the boutique food outlets and retail shops,” Mrs Ruffell said. “The most awesome thing about Robe is its warm welcome from our community.”

And that welcome mat was rolled out again over the recent summer break where numbers were slightly down due to mortgage and cost of living pressures but still a busy period.

“All our business had a busy summer season, with our visitors thanking them all , for great service and warm welcome,” Mrs Ruffell said. “Robe is a beautiful place to be for the environment, food, lovely beaches, and great walking and riding tracks.

“During COVID times we were blessed as SA residents could move around our state and a lot of people visited Robe for the first time and some have returned.

“We now have the range of visitors again from families to grey nomads and international tourists returning.”

The Mayor is also a business owner and her firsthand experience, as well as feedback from a February 6 meeting with the community and business owners, garnered similar feedback.

“The feeling is that everyone that visits or stays here has a wonderful experience,” Mrs Ruffell said. “They mention it’s a family friendly town with so much to do and experience. It’s a place that bats above its average.”