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4 Events at The Briars

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Published June 16th 2018
Take a drive to this wonderful area
The Briars is a public park situated at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. It is a beautiful property which is steeped in local history, flora and fauna.

The park and its amenities are for people of all abilities and all ages to learn about the heritage. The park is fully owned by the Shire of Mornington and is open every day except Christmas Day.

There is a lot to do at this park and you can find out about their walks and other activities here.

Travel time from Melbourne is approximately one hour from the Chadstone area. Entry to the park is free of charge.

There is also the historic Briars Homestead which is open for tours on days when there is a volunteer guide on duty. Please call 61 3 5974 3686, or email: to check availability.

Entry costs to the Homestead are:
Adults - $10.00
Concession - $5
Child - $5
Family - $15
There is no charge for current members of the National Trust, and there is also no charge to go for walks, use their barbecues, or just wander through the Homestead garden.

There are several events here during the month of July 2018 as follows:

1. Briars Bush Fairies and Elves
Who doesn't love fairies and elves? Do you believe in fairies? Come along on this magical discovery, where you will discover what the Briars' fairies get up to in winter. Will you perhaps find some fairy mushroom villages? Or will you see some elves snuggled up in their tree hollows trying to keep themselves nice and warm? Or do fairies not feel the cold?

You will be able to do wonderful crafty fairy activities and you get to take them home with you too. You will need to dress in your fairy, elf or superhero best clothes, and boots (or closed-toe shoes), so get your mum or dad doing the sewing as quickly as possible!

This is suitable for children from 3 to 5 years of age, and they must be accompanied by a parent/adult.

Bookings are essential, and you can make your booking here.

Briars Bush Fairies will be held on Friday 6th, Wednesday 11th, and Thursday 12th July, 2018 at The Briars, 450A Nepean Highway, Mount Martha.

Cost is $14 - so make sure you have your costumes ready for that day.

2. Briars After-Dark Wildlife Walk
This is an exciting after-dark walk, which will be very enjoyable and the ultimate in wildlife experiences.

S P O O K Y?

It is a night walk through the Wildlife Sanctuary to search for kangaroos, emus, sugar gliders and more!

This adventure is suitable for the whole family, however, if the wind strength reaches 35 kmh, the event will be cancelled and refunds issued.

This is on the 4th, 5th,10th, 11th and 12th July, and bookings are essential.

Cost is from $12.50 to $15.50 per person.

3. Junior Ranger Programme - Bottom-breathing Turtles and Brumating Blue-tongues

This is, as the name implies, all about turtles. Who has heard of the word "brumation", and what is "brumation"? Do you think turtles can really breathe from their bottoms? So many questions to be answered! You will be able to get some answers, plus discover some of the amazing skills that our native wildlife use to keep themselves warm.

After you have done this, there will be a nice warm drink and some craft activities around a cosy fireplace.

This is suitable for ages 6 to 10 years, and bookings are essential.

It will be on 5th, 6th 10th and 11th July, and there are more details on their Facebook page.

Briars Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Walk
Victorian Aboriginals have been caring for and using the flora and fauna of the Mornington Peninsula for a long, long time. On this walk, you can discover and walk with Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man, Lionel Lauch (Living Culture) as your guide.

Lionel Lauch lives on the Mornington Peninsula and is passionate about his cultural heritage and people. Lionel is so happy to share his knowledge of the land, and teach others about his culture through guided walks.

This interesting walk will be held on Saturday 7th July, 2018, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Tickets cost from $20 to $30, and bookings are essential.
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When: During the early part of July 2018
Where: Mornington Peninsula
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