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Overall Area
Main TownsCobden
Port Campbell
Land UseDairy cattle grazing
Main IndustriesDairy
Main Natural FeaturesThe Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge
Bay of Islands Coastal Park
Shipwreck Coast
Port Campbell National Park
Curdies River
Curdies Estuary

The Heytesbury landscape system is located in the south west of the region and is bounded by Bass Strait to the south, Glenelg-Hopkins CMA to the west, the Otway Coast and Barwon Plains to the east with its northern boundary adjoining the Western District Lakes system.  It contains the towns of Cobden, Timboon, Peterborough, Port Campbell and Princetown.  The local governments covering this system are Colac-Otway and Corangamite Shires, with a small portion of Moyne Shire included around Peterborough (west of the Curdies River).  The Eastern Maar are the traditional owners of this area.

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Parts of the Heytesbury was a soldier settlement established after World War 2.  The scheme which was established in 1960 involved the clearing of the Heytesbury Forest south of Colac and adjacent to the Otway Ranges to allow for the establishment of a dairy industry in the area.  The scheme developed a strong community spirit among settlers that was still part of the character of the people who live in the Heytesbury area today.

This landscape system is internationally renowned for its coastline, which has been sculpted over thousands of years to become one of the most impressive natural sites in Australia. Rock stacks, sheer limestone cliffs, as well as arches, islands and blowholes have been carved out of the soft cliffs by the wind and sea. The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Shipwreck Coast and Port Campbell National Park are all in this system.  Parts of the Great Otway National Park also extend throughout this landscape system and are of significant environmental, cultural, social and economic value to the region.

The major waterway for this landscape system is the Curdies River and associated tributaries.
Other significant waterways in the area include Port Campbell Creek and Sherbrook River. The waterways in the Heytesbury landscape system are
largely valued for their environmental condition, social amenity and economic value to the community.

Key values identified in this landscape include:
• known rare and threatened species
• significant Ecological Vegetation Classes
• rural water source
• aquatic invertebrate communities
• recreation including camping, picnics and barbecues, sightseeing, game hunting, boating,
fishing, swimming and walking tracks.