Make new connections at the Briars Wildlife Sanctuary

Published: 16 February 2023

The Mornington Peninsula’s iconic wildlife sanctuary The Briars is set to grow, thanks to a $1.53 million investment from the Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund.

KangaroosSituated in Mount Martha wildlife sanctuary, The Briars will soon boast an additional 40 hectares of sanctuary with 2.5 kilometers of connecting pathways and boardwalks for visitors.

The project will allow more people to explore new areas of the beautiful sanctuary and get up close and personal to some of the state’s beautiful local wildlife including emus, echidnas and koalas.

There will also be revegetation of locally indigenous plant species across the site.

The project is expected to bring in $32.4 million to the local economy, with construction expected to be finished in 2024.

The Briars’ first public open day was in 1977, and the site has been educating visitors about its beautiful natural surroundings and wildlife ever since.

In 2019, the Mornington Peninsula proved to be a favourite Victorian holiday destination, welcoming 8.5 million visitors who spent $1.4 billion and employed over 9,000 people.

The Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund is helping entice more visitors to Victoria’s regions, driving private investment and accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector.