This setting type is of high landscape significance and is characterised by rocky headlands at Point Nepean moving through low cliffs and extensive dynamic dunes and reaching the high volcanic headlands at Cape Schanck. The setting features mainly Tea Tree and Melaleuca vegetation, with scattered residential development. Beyond Rye is open pasture with some golfing facilities. Despite residential development between Portsea and Rye, this coastline has a "wild" feel to it and a telling maritime history of high danger, shipwrecks and numerous fatalities.
Major focal points include Point Nepean and Cape Schanck with it's lighthouse. This area is extensively seen from popular surf beaches, Point Nepean and various coastal car parks.
- Highly vulnerable to wind erosion, requires careful path layout and weed control.
- Impact of car parks on the coastal landscape is severe in places (eg. Gunnamatta).
- Encroachment of buildings on dune systems threaten dune stability/dune vistas.
- This area is of outstanding scenic quality and requires appropriate planning controls to protect the sensitive landscape and to ensure development does not impact on landscape values.
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