About 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, the Community Forest (accessed from the Nepean Highway) 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.
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
450 Nepean Highway
Mount Martha VIC 3934
Phone: 5974 3686
450 Nepean Highway
Mt Martha VIC 3934
Phone: 5974 8417
From Melbourne travel via the M1 freeway and Mornington Peninsula Freeway/Peninsula Link/M11. Exit at Mornington/Tyabb Road and continue west towards Mornington. At Nepean Highway, Mornington, turn left and continue south for 7km to The Briars entrance.
From Frankston travel south via Nepean Highway/State Route 3 to The Briars entrance.
From Melbourne: 1 hour (78.3 km).
From Frankston: 22 minutes (17.8km).
From Melbourne take the Frankston train to the Frankston Railway Station terminus. Then take the Route 788 (Frankston to Portsea) Bus and disembark at the bus stop opposite Balcombe Grammar. From here, it’s a 20 minute (1.7 km) walk to the Visitors Centre. https://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/982
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.