Family Fun at the Briars!

Throughout the year

Games on the Green

Bring a picnic and enjoy some time on the grass playing one of the Briars’ timeless and ingenious outdoor games including giant Connect Four, giant Naughts and Crosses, frisbee and soccer. Games are available for both kids and adults to use whilst enjoying time in the Briars grounds.

Weekends and school holidays 10am - 4pm, free entry.

Upcoming Briars Events

The Briars Craft and Produce Market

The Briars Craft and Produce Market will be a fantastic day out for friends and family to enjoy quality home-made produce. Purchase the freshest produce from across the region and engage with our talented stallholders who love their arts and crafts.

Date: September 22, October 27, November 24, and December 22.  
Time: 9am - 2pm
Cost: market entry is free. $4 per car for car parking. Free shuttle bus between the car park and market

Did you know you can walk into the Briars from the Balcombe Creek and Harrap Creek tracks? Take a wander from either Mt Martha or Craigie Road and discover a new way to enjoy the Briars.

Summer school holidays - the bush rangers are back!

Did you know bush rangers once came to the Briars? Come along this summer to discover what happened to the Balcombe family and what you would do if the bush rangers came back.

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite. Keep up to date with what's on at the Briars.

Briars After-dark Wildlife Walks

Take a walk through the Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the bush after dark. Many of our sanctuary animals are at their most active during the Spring months including creatures such as Microbats which emerge from their mini-hibernation for food and breeding in Spring. Bring along a torch to help spot kangaroos, emus, sugar gliders and more!

A great activity for all. Wear close-toed shoes or boots and dress appropriately for weather that evening.

This walk is suitable for those comfortable walking 1 ½-2km on unsealed track, slightly undulating in areas.  Children must be accompanied by adults.

Dates: to be confirmed
Cost: $25 adult, $19.50 concession 

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite.

Did you know you can book a private After-dark Wildlife Walk if you have a group of 15 or more? Please call our team for more information on 03 5974 3686.

Briars - Homestead life

Immerse yourself in the life of the Peninsula’s early settlers. Join our volunteer guides on a one-hour tour and explore the buildings and gardens of the Briars Homestead.  On this remarkable journey you’ll discover how the Balcombe family survived and thrived here.

Tours subject to guide availability. To request a booking, please call the Briars Visitor Centre on 03 5974 3686.

Please note Heritage Homestead restoration works are currently underway, therefore the inside of the Homestead is closed. We are anticipating that the Homestead will be re-opened in mid-2020, watch our website or Facebook page for more details.

Cost: $12 adult, $7 child/concession, $25 family (two adults and two children). Prices include a packet of heritage seeds and feeding of the farm animals.

Please call our team for more information on 03 5974 3686.

Shire Nursery

Beautify your garden with a native or indigenous plant from the Shire (Briars) Nursery. Gardening advice available. 

Days: Wednesday to Friday, 9am - 3.30pm | 1st Saturday of the month, 9am - 1pm
Contact: 5974 8417 |

What else can you see and do at the Briars?

Josephine’s Restaurant

Open seven days per week. Lunch specials Monday to Friday: two-course soup and main $25 per person, or three-course soup, main and desert $30 per person.

To book, please phone 5974 1104.

Angus and Rose Coffee & Creativity

Offering children’s workshops and parties as well as daily coffee and cake. Contact 5974 4833.

Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society

Public viewing nights on the first Friday of each month. Contact 0419 253 252.