About The Briars

The Briars

Located in Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula, the Briars is a beautiful precinct comprising of a conservation site with wildlife sanctuary, a heritage homestead registered with the National Trust, surrounding heritage gardens and outbuildings, a Visitor Centre, picnic areas with free BBQs, the Shire nursery and the Eco Living Display Centre.


We have a number of tenants who share our site: Angus and Rose Café, the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society and the Briars Outdoor Education Camp. For further information about these organisations please contact them directly.

The Briars Opening Hours

The Briars Visitor Centre is open every day of the week 10am to 4.30pm.

The Wildlife Sanctuary is open every day of the week 9am to 4.30pm.

Early opening – The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary  
Experience summer mornings with the sanctuary animals.  Embrace the coolest time of day by going for an early morning walk in the Briars Wildlife Sanctuary. Open from 7am to 4.30pm every day of the week from Monday 2 to Tuesday 31 January 2023.

The Shire (Briars) Nursery is open Wednesday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm and the first Saturday of the month 9am to 1pm.

We are closed on Christmas day and days of Total Fire Ban and days of extreme weather.

Location: 450 Nepean Highway, Mt Martha 3934. See map.

All abilities access areas

  • The Wetland Walking trail in the Wildlife Sanctuary (300m)
  • Visitors Centre (including disabled toilet inside)
  • Angus & Rose Café
  • Eco Living Display Centre

Please contact us

The Briars
450 Nepean Highway
Mount Martha VIC 3934
Phone: 5974 3686
Email: the.briars@mornpen.vic.gov.au
Instagram: @briarsmtmartha
Facebook: @BriarsMtMartha

Shire Nursery
The Briars
450 Nepean Highway
Mt Martha VIC 3934
Phone: 5974 8417
Email: nursery@mornpen.vic.gov.au 

Please Note
Due to the sensitive natural environment dogs are prohibited from The Briars. Dogs may be walked on lead along Balcombe Creek trail or off lead in the designated areas of the co-located Community Forest.