This unit is characterised by scenically stunning limestone cliffs and incised valleys in various places (eg. Port Campbell) with limited lowlands (eg. Curdies Inlet). The coast here, characterised by remnant limestone columns, stacks and towering cliffs, is amongst the most spectacular in the world. Low coastal vegetation provides little shelter to structures or even to visiting motor vehicles, which consequently results in high visual sensitivity. The viewshed for this setting type is particularly sensitive.
This area is actively eroding and in 1990 a large section of limestone rock collapsed from London Bridge within Port Campbell National Park. The fragility of this section of the coast is an important consideration in siting and managing tourist activity.
Warrnambool is noteworthy for its harbour, river and historic boat sheds, whale viewing areas and the Mahogany Ship. The area is seen from a number of critical view points including Childers Cove, Curdies Inlet, Port Campbell, Warrnambool Breakwater, Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles. The area is also becoming popular for scenic flights.
- Avoid any development at the cliff edge.
- Respond to the gradation in height from west to east.
- Urban consolidation should be encouraged in Warrnambool, particularly at Hopkins River where the encroachment of urban development is becoming obvious.
- At Warrnambool there are opportunities for major redevelopment of foreshore areas focussing on whale viewing.
- This area is of outstanding scenic quality and requires special landscape protection to ensure development does not impact on landscape values.
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