New sailing experience for the Limestone Coast

22 March 2013

A luxury sailing experience on the Limestone Coast will take advantage of Guichen Bay’s unique north-facing position and showcase the magnificent coastal landscape from another angle.

Under the development, a 43 foot sailing catamaran will be relocated to Robe where tours, charter sails and corporate bookings will be available.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the South Australian Government has committed $16,000 over two years to support the project under the South Australia Tourism Commission’s (SATC) New Product Support Program.

“Robe Sailing will run hosted sailing tours, which are a great new addition to the experiences available in the Limestone Coast region,” Mr Bignell said.

“The tours will give visitors the chance to get out on the bay and soak up the views while enjoying delicious local food and wine.”

The half-day tour will last four to five hours.

Robe Sailing operator Sarah Beattie said adventure activities were a big drawcard for visitors.

“Sailing is a fantastic way for people to see our beautiful coast and the State Government and Robe Council’s support has been instrumental in getting our business up and running,” Ms Beattie said.

Limestone Coast Tourism Industry Development Officer Biddie Tietz said the hosted sailing experience will add another dimension to Robe.

“The reason why Robe is such a jewel in the crown is because of the harbour we’ve got at Guichen Bay, and now people can experience it from a different angle,” Ms Tietz said.

“The experience has a really broad appeal to everyone from couples to families to the high-end consumer we want visiting the state.”

The hosted sailing experience helps fulfill the SATC’s State Tourism Plan and contributes to the SATC’s 2020 goal of $8 billion tourism expenditure by 2020.

Creating a new experience on the Limestone Coast also supports the Destination Action Plan’s strategy to develop commercial tours along the Melbourne to Adelaide touring route.

It is expected that Robe Sailing will be operating by the end of next month.

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