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Balcombe Estuary is one of those places that all the locals know and love, conveniently situated close to the Mt Martha village shops.
The area covers 44 hectares of bushland and has a picnic ground with BBQs and tables overlooking the water and playground. This was once a very popular camping area from the early 1900's to 1985, before being made crown land. Since 1986 rehabilitation of the area has been overseen by (BERG) Balcombe estuary rehabilitation group and the commencement of the boardwalk began.
The boardwalk follows the estuary and is 3.2km (one way) to the Briars Historic homestead, which can be shortened or extended depending on the distance or time you have available. Along the way you will find information about the surrounding flora and fauna provided by the volunteers of (BERG).
My children always enjoy spending time here, looking for fish, running along the boardwalk, watching out for wildlife and enjoying nature in general. We have also been to many great birthday parties and family picnics held in the picnic ground.
This really is a place that locals know very well. If you are not from the area it is likely you have never heard of the Balcombe Estuary boardwalk but is definitely worth putting on your to do list. Fishing is also popular along the banks and the boardwalk is pram and wheelchair friendly and dogs are permitted on leash.
Thanks for reading and I hope you get out there and enjoy all the estuary has to offer.