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Robe Lighthouse

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.