Robe Lighthouse

The Robe Lighthouse was built as an automated unmanned light to replace the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse. Up to this time Robe did not have a lighthouse but with the decommissioning of the Cape Jaffa lighthouse the need for a light at Robe was deemed necessary.


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 Cape Jaffa Lighthouse on Margaret Brock Reef which was decommissioned and reassembled at Kingston where it remains on display in operational condition. The current optic is a Chance Bros 4th order circa 1935 rotating lens relocated from Gabo Island which had in turn replaced the original fixed optic at Gabo which was replaced as part of the electrification in 1935.

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.

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Title Address Description
Cape Jaffa Platform

Cape Jaffa

Cape Jaffa (Kingston)
33 Marine Parade, Kingston SE SA 5275, Australia

Cape Jaffa

Robe Obelisk
Obelisk Rd, Robe SA 5276, Australia

Robe Obelisk

6 Adam Lindsay Gordon Dr, Robe SA 5276, Australia


Cape Martin
Foster St, Beachport SA 5280, Australia

Cape Martin

Penguin Island
Scenic Dr, Beachport SA 5280, Australia

Penguin Island

Technical Details

First Exhibited1972
LocationLatitude: 37° 09.8620' S
Longitude: 139° 44.6650' E
Original Optic
Current Optic3 flash panel 250mm f.r. (ex-Gabo Is lens)
DemannedBuilt as an unmanned light
ConstructionWhite tri-star concrete tower with NAL 1
Height19 m, 15.5 metres to base of lantern
Elevation63 m
RangeNominal: Main: 22 nm De-intensified sector: 16 nm
Geographical: 21 nm
CharacterFl. W. (3) in 10 secs
IntensityMain: 213,000 cd
De-intensified sector: 21,700 cd
Light SourceSealite SL324 LED array
Power Source240 Volts Mains
NotesAs at Nov 2016

  NB: Information is historical data and is not for navigational purposes.


The lighthouse is on the western edge of the Robe township and is easily accessible by road. The lighthouse grounds are fenced but the nearby foreshore has a number of good vantage points to view the light .


No tours are available.

Associated Lighthouse

Cape Jervis Lighthouse