Robe is a fishing port on South Australia's Limestone Coast. It's at the southern end of Guichen Bay with historical buildings, ocean, fishing fleets, lakes and dense bush. It's always been a great stop on the trip between Adelaide and Melbourne, and Jules Lund went there to check out some pretty special accommodation and to enjoy some of the famous local crayfish.
Lakeside Manor YHA is a luxurious hostel accommodation in a grand 1880s heritage-listed sandstone mansion. It won best backpacker accommodation at the South Australian Tourism awards in 2007.
Nestled between two lakes, Lakeside has 17 main rooms and a 40m-long and 3m-wide hallway through the entire length of the house. Ceilings are 3.6m high in bedrooms and 4.8m high in function rooms which include a large ballroom and grand blackwood and mahogany library with an open fireplace. The sprawling English manor style garden has roses, an orchard and grape vines.
It was built from stone quarried from the Woakwine Range and transported by bullock wagon between 1882 and 1885. Skirting boards and doors are blackwood and cedar and fireplaces are Italian marble. Floors are Baltic pine and many rooms have bay windows allowing an abundance of natural light to enter. Many fixtures and fittings were brought from Europe and Britain.
English immigrant labourer Sir George Danby built Lakeside Manor. After inheriting his fortune and prior to building Lakeside, Sir George returned to England, but longed for sunny South Australia and its free and easy ways. He chartered an English sailing ship, gathered a team of carpenters and his collectibles and returned to Robe.
Outside adventures include bushwalking, hiking, cycling, fishing, flying, golfing, surfing, swimming, wine tasting and tennis. Lakeside Manor is easy walking distance from the town centre, restaurants, beach and shopping. You can laze on Long Beach, indulge in excellent local wines and fresh seafood.
Jules met plenty of seasoned back-packers at Lakeside Manor, and they all reckoned this was the best place they have stayed anywhere in the world. That's a rap!
Robe, around three-and-a-half hours south-east of Adelaide.
Lakeside Manor YHA starts at $26 a night for dormitory beds and $69 for double rooms for two people. Linen is included in dormitory price, and linen and towels are included in double room prices.
Prices correct at December 3, 2009.
For further information
22 Main Road
Ph: (08) 8768 1995 or 1800 155 350
Fax: (08) 8768 1985
Robe Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 448
Ph: (08) 8768 2465