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A truly beautiful location steeped in incredible history, The Briars is one of the oldest properties on the Mornington Peninsula and the ideal location for Barefoot Cinema.
When you arrive at the Briars, you will immediately feel the fun and relaxed atmosphere as you settle in for a great night out. The local musicians are playing in the background, the food truck is cooking up a storm and the drinks are flowing. With the vineyard sloping away at your feet, you sit back and enjoy the stunning views across the rolling hills.
As the day turns to night, we light up the Barefoot Cinema screen and this historic homestead is transformed into a wonderful outdoor cinema. Book tickets now to experience this for yourself!
How to get there
If taking an Uber or Taxi, just ask your driver to drop you off at the information centre at The Briars Homestead, 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. (It’s about 1.5km from the front gate so better to get them to drive up, if possible.)
The Briars is located at 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha.
There is parking available at Barefoot Cinema, but it is strictly limited and it’s best to book parking tickets online. Tickets cost $5 per car.
There will be signs guiding you to the car park as you enter The Briars and you can also look out for a member of the Barefoot Crew if you have any queries.
The Frankston to Portsea Route 788 public bus will take you to the entrance of The Briars, but may not be running at the end of the night. Get off at the bus stop opposite Balcombe Grammar and it’s then a 20 minute (1.7 km) walk up the driveway to Barefoot Cinema.
Please click here to see the bus timetable.
Disabled parking is available free of charge at the information centre, just over the bridge. Please speak to one of the Barefoot crew as you drive in and they will be able to point you in the right direction.
General admission seating
No seats are provided in the general admission area, but there is plenty of room for your own beanbag, picnic rug or low back chair. It’s also pretty comfy on the grass!
Pleases keep the other guests in mind when choosing your spot as it won’t be much fun for someone spending the whole night looking at the back of your chair. There will be designated areas towards the back or sides of the venue for anyone with a high back chair.
Jalna VIP Lounge
Treat yourself with an upgrade to the Jalna VIP Lounge and make this a really special night out. Each VIP upgrade includes:*
- your choice of a reclining chair or beanbag within our premium seating area;
- a free drink and popcorn;
- complimentary blanket hire; and
- waited service during the film.
There are no allocated seats in the Jalna VIP Lounge, so make sure you arrive early to get a good spot for you and your friends.
*VIP upgrade tickets are only valid together with a general admission ticket.
History of this site
The Briars is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s oldest properties first settled in 1840 by Captain James Reid, a retired army officer. He took up a 2000 hectare pastoral lease which he named Tichin-Gorourke after the Bunurong name for Balcombe Creek meaning “voice of many frogs”. Bunurong people lived, hunted and gathered here for tens of thousands of years.
In 1846 Alexander Beatson Balcombe settled at Tichin-Gorourke with his wife Emma and their baby daughter. Balcombe built the Briars homestead which was completed in 1851. 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 and his descendants, the Murphy and A’Beckett families, remained at the Briars until 1976 when the remaining 220 hectares of land was sold to the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the homestead and surrounding gardens, lawns and outbuildings were gifted jointly to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
Barefoot Cinema acknowledges the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation as a Traditional Owner of this land. We respect and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples history and heritage and their continuing spiritual connection to the land and seas. We value their living culture and practices and their right to self-determination.