Title: 10. The Heads

This setting type is characterised by limestone cliffs and dunes. Vegetation is low in exposed areas which contrasts the tall exotic plantings at Queenscliff. Port Phillip Heads forms the gateway to Port Phillip Bay.

Point Nepean and Point Lonsdale comprise the portals of that gateway and Queenscliff is the early focus as one proceeds through the Heads. This landscape is dominated by the energy of the ocean swells and currents; indeed, this awe-inspiring body of water has claimed numerous ships and many lives. The low limestone/sandy points at Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean frame the power of the "Rip" at Port Phillip Heads. These values need to be protected and enhanced.

Major landmarks in this area include the lighthouses at Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff; distinctive heritage character of Queenscliff created by the buildings as a complex of structures and exotic vegetation. Other landmarks include the harbour and Ferry terminal facilities and fortifications.

Major view points are car parks, piers, beaches, coastal towns such as Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff, and Point Nepean. This area is seen extensively from the water and air, including ferries, private boats, international liners and scenic joy flights.

Special Considerations

  • Any change proposed for this area needs to acknowledge the special heritage and natural landscape setting type character described and the dramatic constant variation due to shipping activity. Extreme care needs to be taken to protect the quality of the setting type, otherwise "...it could be loved to death".
  • Development needs to be kept low to reduce visual impact.
  • Navigation, defence and Aboriginal heritage needs to be respected.
  • The complex coastal processes need to be studied carefully before undertaking the development of any marine structures.
  • This area is of outstanding scenic quality and requires appropriate planning controls to protect this significant landscape asset.




Title: Land characteristics


Image: Land Characteristics


Drawing: The Heads



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