Cape Dombey Obelisk



The Obelisk was erected on Cape Dombey in 1852 and was used to navigate the entrance to Guichen Bay, as well as to store rocket lifesaving equipment. The firing of rockets, carrying baskets to distressed ships to bring passengers ashore, saved many lives. It later assisted passing ships with navigation because its height of 12m (40 ft) makes it visible 20km (12mles) out to sea.

The Obelisk was painted with red bands to provide contrast against the white sand dunes of long beach when viewed from the sea.

The Obelisk stands along the dramatic sandstone cliffs which are gradually being eroded by the Southern Ocean and will result in the Obelisk falling into the sea, so make sure you visit this icon whilst staying in Robe.


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