The Mount Martha shopping mall is another very appealing diversion, with designer stores, boutiques, galleries and tempting little eateries. The beaches are dotted with bathing boxes, popular with sailors and lovely for long walks, but there’s lots of fascinating history too.
The Briars estate was built in the 19th century and, through the early owners’ contact with Napoleon Bonaparte when he was imprisoned on St Helena, now houses an excellent collection of Napoleonic memorabilia. Balcombe Creek (named after owner William Balcombe) flows through The Briars’ wetlands to the Balcombe Estuary Reserve on the waterfront. The boardwalks through the wetland provide very peaceful walks – keep an eye out for wildlife such as wallabies and native birds.
The Mt Martha Public Park of more than 50 hectares is another favourite place for walking, with boardwalks through areas that are home to indigenous flora and fauna. Look a little further, and you’ll have views of Mt Martha Peak and the bays beyond.
The 18-hole Mt Martha Public Golf Course attracts golfers of all levels – the views of the bay are as good as the golf.