Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The Briars is a beautiful 230 hectare property in Mount Martha. Visitors can enjoy walks and wildlife spotting through the wildlife sanctuary or become immersed in history with a tour through the heritage homestead.

The Shire Nursery is housed on the property and offers a range of beautiful native and indigenous plants for home gardens while the Eco-Living Display Centre provides visitors with all the tips and tricks needed to make your home resource efficient.

Now a National Trust property, the homestead was constructed in 1851 when owner Alexander Balcombe lived at the property with his young family.

The Briars invite you to wander the many nature walks, explore the historic homestead and become familiar with the local wildlife.

The Briars also features a visitor’s centre, wildlife sanctuary, wetlands, gardens, cafe, restaurant, outdoor education camp, astronomy centre and picnic areas.

The Homestead is open between 11:00am and 3:30pm when a volunteer guide is on duty. Please call prior to your visit to ensure tours are available on the day you wish to visit.


Barbeque Cafe Carpark Enquiry Desk Family Friendly Food and Refreshments Interpretive Centre Kiosk Picnic Area Public Toilet Restaurant Shop / Gift Shop


National Trust


National Trust


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