Walking trails at The Briars

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There are a range of walks at The Briars, both within the Wildlife Sanctuary and around the property.

The Wildlife Sanctuary is open every day except Christmas Day, Good Friday, days of Total Fire Ban and when wind strength is 35km or above.

Walks outside the Sanctuary are available every day.

You can drop into the Visitor Centre and collect a walking map before you head off, or download it below.

For more information contact the Visitors Centre on 5974-3686.

Wetland Walk (and Tichin-Goroke Link)

Description:
A short 600m return boardwalk through wetlands to 2 bird hides. This walk connects with the Tichin-Goroke Link through to the Wetlands Viewpoint, another 400m each way.

Directions:
This walk is located within the Wildlife Sanctuary. Enter via the gate located on the eastern side of the Visitors Centre.

Time:
15-30 minutes return. To continue along the Tichin-Goroke Link to the Viewpoint allow an extra 30 minutes return.

Access:
A flat, easy walk with no steps. Suitable for wheelchairs and prams. A wheelchair is available from the Visitors Centre for visitor use for no charge.

The Tichin-Goroke Link is suitable for wheelchairs to the end of the boardwalk section

Download: Walking map and park notes(PDF, 823KB)

Kur-Bur-Rer Walk

Description:
A longer 4km return walk through a variety of vegetation including dense scrub and woodland.

Directions:
This walk is located within the Wildlife Sanctuary. Enter via the gate on the western side of the Visitors Centre. Follow the track crossing Stockleys Creek then Balcombe Creek. Take the fire trail on the left and follow a short distance to the start of the walk.

Time: 
Allow 1 ½ hours to complete the walk.

Access:
Not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.   This walk is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. The pathway is both formed gravel track and boardwalk with occasional steps. There are some uphill sections.

Download: Walking map and park notes(PDF, 823KB)

Woodland Walk

Description:
The 2km Woodland Walk meanders through high quality Manna and Swamp Gum woodland and more open country where cattle once grazed.

Directions:
This walk is located within the Wildlife Sanctuary. Enter via the gate on the western side of the Visitors Centre.

Time: 
Allow 30 – 45 minutes to complete the walk, returning via the wetlands.

Access:
This walk is suitable for most ages and fitness levels.  Not suitable for wheelchairs. A pram friendly walk, though it’s best to travel in an anticlockwise direction due to steps and an uphill section - enter the Sanctuary through the eastern gate, through the wetlands and up to the Viewpoint, continuing along the Woodland Walk.

Download: Walking map and park notes(PDF, 823KB)

Balcombe Creek Walkway  

Description:
The Balcombe Creek Walkway follows the Balcombe Creek in a westerly direction from the Visitors Centre to the Nepean Highway, a distance of 1.6km return.

Directions:
Commences at the Visitors Centre.

Time: 
30-45 minutes return. This walk can be continued under the Nepean Highway Bridge, linking onto the Mt Martha Boardwalk through to Mt Martha Beach, approx 7km return.

Access:  
This walkway is both a formed gravel path and boardwalk.  Flat with no steps. The section to Nepean Highway is suitable for wheelchairs.

Download: Walking map and park notes(PDF, 823KB)

Harrap Creek Walkway 

Description: 
The Harrap Creek Walkway commences 250m along the Balcombe Creek Walkway at the bridge crossing Balcombe Creek. The gravel walkway then continues north to Craigie Road, a distance of 1.7km return.

Directions:
Commences at the Visitors Centre.

Time:
The Harrap Creek Walkway links onto a walkway which can be followed to Civic Reserve in Mornington, approx. 7km return.

Access:
The Harrap Creek Walkway is a gravel path with one slight uphill section. Suitable for prams.

Download: Walking map and park notes(PDF, 823KB)