Title: Lower Coastal Plains with Features

This setting type is characterised by lower coastal cliffs and dunes interspersed with inlets and limestone bluffs culminating in the Heads at Port Phillip Bay. Vegetation is low (shrubs and grasses) at the interface with the ocean, grading to taller trees inland. Lake Connewarre and the Barwon River are inland extensions of the coastline experience with high conservation values and flat open landscape with low visual absorption. Urban development at Torquay, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads is tending to spread and is compromising the coastal quality. Major threats are linear residential and holiday home developments. The Barwon Heads Pier and surrounds offer considerable opportunity for a cafe/kiosk development.

This area is seen from all coastal car parks and surf beaches, Thirteenth Beach Coastal Road, the Esplanade at Torquay and Barwon Heads.

Major landmarks include the limestone bluff at Barwon Heads and the restaurant at the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club.

Special Considerations

  • Relationship of this setting type to the Heads is critical in that Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff form the western and northern edges to the Heads marine environment.
  • Forward planning is required to ensure that future development does not adversely affect coastal values.
  • Access to beaches needs controlling.
  • Revegetation on dunes is critical to maintain stability.




Title: Land characteristics


Image: Landscape characteristics


Drawing: Lake Connewarre to Barwon Heads



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