Family fun this autumn at The Briars

Published on 02 March 2023


The warm days and cool nights of autumn at The Briars means we can become a bit more active and take time out to reflect. 
Over the next few months, we have a heap on offer at The Briars for you and the family to enjoy.  
Take a tour of The Briars by using our new Geocaching trail, learn how to protect local koalas, build your own microbat box, or enjoy playing games on the Visitor Centre Deck – the choices are endless!
Bookings are essential, so don’t forget to register here

Koala Country
18 March, 10am – 1pm
To book:click here

Come down with your family and friends to this free event to learn about the Peninsula’s koalas and how you can help care for koala country. Join us at 10am for a Welcome to Country with Bunurong Traditional Owners, followed by a talk from Deakin University researchers about their study into the Peninsula’s koalas. Sign up for other activities on the day including: learning how to grow Koala trees with the Shire nursery, guided walks with Briars Rangers and kids arts and craft sessions.

Mount Martha Briars Market– presented by Craft Markets Australia
26 March and 28 May, 9am – 2pm
Parking $5 ($3 for Shire residents)

Purchase the freshest food, the most unique gifts and the most innovative homewares from across the region and engage with our talented stallholders.

Briars Geocaching
March, April and May, 10am - 4.30pm

Want to take treasure hunting to the next level? 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 what’s awaiting in each cache. See our rangers in the Visitors Centre to begin your Briars Geocaching adventure.

Games on the Deck
March, April and May, 10am – 4.30pm

Challenge your family to a game of chess and backgammon, or another of our fun free Games on the Visitor Centre Deck! Available every day during Easter school holidays and on the weekend.

Briars Junior Ranger – Mini Ecologist!
12 April, 10.30am – 12pm
$29.90 per child
Suitable for kids 6 to 10 years old

Did you know that bandicoots maintain the nutrients within our soils when they dig for food? Or that predators such as powerful owls are necessary to help keep vegetation healthy? Come and join our rangers as they share stories of the wild business that goes down in our Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet various native animals up close and hear about what their roles are in keeping our natural spaces healthy. Can you think like an ecologist and help our rangers create safe spaces for our wildlife?

Calling all wannabe Ecologists
After Dark wildlife survey and animal encounter
12 April, 6 – 8pm
$32 adult, $25.90 concession/child
Suitable for all ages. If you have accessibility questions, please give us a call on 5974 3686

Briars Rangers manage the animal population in the Wildlife Sanctuary to ensure the health and happiness of our wildlife. Join them as they take you through the Wildlife Sanctuary after dark and demonstrate several research techniques that enable them to understand the habits and populations of our resident native animals. Assist in wildlife spotting and just for one night pretend to be an ecologist. In addition, take the opportunity to get up close to our native animals with an animal encounter.

Australian Native Plant Sale
29 April, 10am – 3.30pm

Interested in native plants but not sure how to grow them, what will suit your garden or when to prune them? Come along to the Australian Plant Society sale and pick the brains of the experts. Buy from up to 10 local and regional growers of native and indigenous plants. There will be short sessions run on pruning, maintenance, and propagation, as well as a book stall with a wide range of reference books.

Build a Bat Box
6 May and 20 May, 2 – 4pm
$23.60 Adult/child/concession
Suitable for 8 years and older

Enter the Wildlife Sanctuary to discover more about microbats. These amazing tiny mammals are undergoing a feeding frenzy to survive winter. Then build your very own bat box for home to encourage bats to visit your backyard, where they will assist to pollinate, fertilise, and reduce the number of insects in your garden in no time.



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