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The Briars: Bush Walks and Wetlands

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published February 20th 2013
Briars historical homestead


The Briars is an amazing place that seems to go under the radar, that's great for the locals, however it's nice for everyone to have the opportunity to visit this beautiful property and see all it has to offer.

welcome to the Briars


Behind the wooden entrance gates you will find Angus & Rose coffee shop, Josephine's restaurant, a small vineyard, an information and visitor centre, The Briars historical homestead, wetlands, bush walks and much much more.
vineyard


In the visitor information centre, you can gain a lot knowledge about the property, the history and the animals and birds you are likely to encounter on your walks. You will also be able to ask the ranger any questions you may have regarding the surrounding areas. Inside the visitor centre you will also be able to see turtles, fish, lizards, along with many other items on display.

wetlands


There are 4 main walks at the Briars,
1) Wetland walk, this is a short walk great for bird lovers, with 2 hides to watch the birds from, Boonoorong and Chechingurk.
2)Woodland walk, this walk is approximately 3 km and joins up to the wetland walk.
3)Ker-Bur-Rer walk is approximately 4km, and is the track most likely to see you spot a koala and eastern grey kangaroos.
4) Balcombe and Harrap creek walkways is approximately 850 meters.
board walk

The bird life here is amazing with 137 different species spotted by Birdlife Mornington Peninsula.
21 different mammals call the Briars home along with a long list of amphibians and reptiles.

The Briars also has a boardwalk connecting it to the Balcombe Estuary Reserve, which is very popular.

The Briars gained it's name from the family that owned and lived on the land. The original homstead is still on the property and for a small fee you can do a guided tour.
The surrounds of the homestead are beautiful and well worth a look, there is a lovely veggie garden with chickens.
chickens

My children are always thrilled to visit the Briars as there is always something different to see in the trees and wet lands. One of my children had his birthday party here and everyone had such a great time.
Briars homestead

There is the option of eating at the cafe or restaurant but I always like packing a picnic and choosing the best spot to eat lunch. BBQ's are also available, with no charge.

Overall I think it's a great free day out with lots to see and do for young and old.

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Why? great nature walks and history
When: Open all year except Christmas and good Friday
Phone: 59740686
Where: Mt Martha
Cost: Free entry
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