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Summary of Melaleuca-Port Davey Area Plan 2003

The full version of the Melaleuca-Port Davey Area Plan 2003 can be downloaded as a PDF File (628 Kb).

Constituent maps are available as separate PDFs:

  • Map 1 - Location of Melaleuca - Port Davey Area (743 Kb)
  • Map 2 - Melaleuca - Port Davey Planning Area (549 Kb)
  • Map 3 - Melaleuca - Port Davey Management Zones (641 Kb)
  • Map 4 - Melaleuca Visitor Services Site (481 Kb)


The Melaleuca - Port Davey area is situated in South West Tasmania. This area includes the developed Melaleuca Visitor Services Site, Melaleuca Lagoon and Melaleuca Inlet, Bathurst Harbour, Bathurst Narrows, Bathurst Channel and Port Davey. It excludes the corridor south of Melaleuca to Cox Bight. The plan area extends landward to 100 metres beyond mean high water mark.

This is to include site features such as the historic Critchley Parker grave site and Piners Point, the shelter at Bond Bay and Deep Water Landing. The plan area also includes the seabed, the body of water and surface waters within the plan boundaries. The plan covers the Celery Top Islands and Turnbull Island and gives brief mention to North Breaksea Island. Other islands in the Port Davey area with significant natural and/or cultural values will be included in the Southern Islands Management Statement, currently under preparation.

Much of the area covered by this plan is situated within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The area possesses important world heritage and human use values.

Specifically, these include:

  •  The key breeding zone for the endangered orange-bellied parrot.
  •  Unique marine species and habitats.
  •  Natural diversity.
  •  Creation landscape and living landscape from Aboriginal occupation.
  •  Alluvial tin mining, fishing, pining and whaling, with associated historic heritage sites.
  •  Historic starting point for bushwalkers for most South West walks.
  •  Boat cruising, sailing, motor boating and kayaking.
  •  Light aircraft accessibility.