Title: Moonlight Head

This area is characterised by some of the highest coastal cliffs in Australia and general visual character of ocean oriented wilderness. These contrast with the Twelve sApostles in that they are higher, of non marine sediments and supporting visually absorptive medium scrub and woodland at their peaks. There are some dunes, in particular near Princetown, where there is little development with only the occasional dwelling and access track.

The cliffs that abut the Southern Ocean in this area attain a height in excess of 100 metres and the soft limestone is continuously being eroded by the ocean and strong southerly winds. The cliffs at the Gable, near Moonlight Head are approximately 123 metres above sea level, possibly the highest sea cliffs in Australia.

Critical viewing points are mainly along roads, car parks and beaches.

Special Considerations

  • This area has considerable potential for maritime conservation and interpretation. To maintain and accentuate these characteristics there should be minimal disruption in the visually exposed cliff edge areas. The hinterland ridgeline is a major determinant to this wilderness area; landwards of it there is clearly development potential.
  • This area is of outstanding scenic quality and requires special landscape protection to ensure development does not impact on landscape values.




Title: Land characteristics


Diagram: Land characteristics





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