The Briars

A homestead and wildlife sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula steeped in local history, flora and fauna.

The Briars homestead was completed in 1851 and occupied by Alexander Balcombe. After failing to find his fortune at the goldfields Balcombe farmed the land and tended 40 hectares of vineyards – experimenting unsuccessfully in wine production.

Balcombe was born on the island of St Helena and when Napoleon was exiled there, his father had business dealings with the former emperor. Continuing that Napoleonic association, Balcombe’s granddaughter Dame Mabel Brookes established a collection of Napoleon related memorabilia which is displayed in the homestead. The Briars has a visitor’s centre, wildlife sanctuary, wetlands, gardens, nursery, vineyard, café, restaurant, kiosk and picnic areas.

Please note this property is temporarily closed until further notice. 

Place Details

The Homestead is temporarily closed for conservation works.

The park is open daily between 9am and 5pm.

Nepean Highway
Mount Martha 3934 VIC

Bunurong/Boon Wurrung Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

Planning your visit

The Briars


Nepean Highway
Mount Martha 3934 VIC


Currently Closed

Entry Fees:

Entry to the park is free.

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