The Briars Mornington Shire – Nature’s Wonderland

Situated at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula, The Briars is a beautiful conservation site comprising of a wildlife sanctuary, heritage homestead, nursery, eco-living display centre, eco-camp, eateries and astronomy centre.

The Briars offers a range of experiences including:

  • Wildlife sanctuary with various walking trails
  • Beautiful historic gardens including a heritage vegetable garden
  • Heritage breed farm animals
  • School holiday activities including the Junior Ranger Program and After-dark Wildlife Walks
  • BBQ and picnic areas
  • Shire Nursery (native and indigenous plants)
  • Guided tours of the Historic Homestead
  • Angus & Rose Café
  • Josephine’s Restaurant
  • Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk between Mount Martha and the Briars
  • Eco Living Display Centre
  • Briars Outdoor Education Camp
  • Astronomy Centre

Drop into The Briars Visitor Centre to explore the wildlife displays, relax in front of the fireplace or do some colouring in the children’s space. Try some bird watching at our bird hides and try to spot koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and other wildlife in the Sanctuary.

School Holiday Activities @ the Briars

Want to take treasure hunting to the next level? Then the Briars site- wide geocaching is for you! We’re putting a Briars spin on traditional geocaching with themed ‘caches’ or boxes hidden onsite. You’ll get a clue to where each cache is hidden, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be easy to find! Grab your family, friends, or go solo on this self- guided geocaching adventure to find out what is awaiting in each cache. Think you can find them all?

The Great Briars Scavenger Hunt – FREE Family fun!

Rug up and take out a copy of the 2km Wetlands map and clues lists from the Visitors Centre and enjoy getting know a bit more on your bushwalk! Use these activities to create your own wild adventure – keep an look out for interesting fungi! Can you and your family find all of the answers? Complete the hunt for your chance to win a free night walk for your family.