Destinations: Australia

A toast to the coast

A Toast to the Coast

On the Limestone Coast of South Australia, past and present meet in a happy equilibrium.

“Robe,” grumbled the Governor of South Australia in 1846, “is the best of a bad lot.” As an anchorage on a lee shore so unforgiving that its first Harbourmaster and Customs Officer also held the title of Receiver of Wrecks, Robe was vulnerable to fierce storms that swept in, suddenly, from the Southern Ocean. But like the other seaports – Beachport, Kingston S.E. and Southend – which dot this part of the coast of southeastern South Australia, Robe was necessary for the growth of a new colony.

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