The main characteristics of this setting type are the large mobile sand dunes with high energy waves and winds continually shaping this fragile landscape. The area also contains brackish wetlands and low cliffs and stretches from Nelson Inlet along Discovery Bay to Cape Bridgewater.
The land beyond the coastal foredune or cliff consists of coastal grasses, sedges and some pasture. In the hinterland beyond the coastal zone are extensive plantings of pines which can be viewed in places from the Great South West Walk.
The Glenelg River is a special and largely hidden landscape with dramatic limestone cliffs, blue waters and the historic township of Nelson.
- The wild coast character is strong and thus should be protected and uninterrupted.
- Pine planting is visually alien to the coastal character and should be excluded from the coastal viewshed.
- Some development well set back in "visual shadows" (beyond the coast) could occur without detriment.
- Fragile dunes/cliffs require protection.
- This area is of high landscape significance and requires appropriate planning controls to protect its special landscape characteristics.
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