Welcome to the Friends of Black Rock House Website

The Friends of Black Rock House invite you to visit Black Rock House in Melbourne’s Bayside suburb of the same name. You may also like to become a member to support this heritage-listed treasure, built by Victoria’s first Auditor-General Charles Ebden from 1856-58. It is well worth the visit to this intriguing historic Victorian era home to see the castle-style fortress wall, sand and paint finish, French reproduction wallpapers (from the originals), shady Moreton Bay Fig garden, and antique furniture and costumes presented to reflect the story of the House.   Black Rock House
Black Rock House, 34 Ebden Avenue, Black Rock

Annual membership of the Friends of Black Rock House:

Families $20.00 Individuals: $15.00

Please click here to see the membership benefits. Enquiries: 03 9589 5763

Black Rock House is a property of the Bayside City Council.

News and Events

The Jewel by the Sea

Tickets are selling fast to this play, a creative interpretation of the early history of Black Rock House, based on historical records. So please Book NOW using the below link!  It portrays the life of the original owner of Melbourne's first holiday house, Charles Hotson Ebden during the planning, building and life there from 1854 to 1861.  Join the Friends and cast after the show to celebrate the 160th Anniversary of Black Rock House.   Please bring friends and book as soon as possible to ensure you get seats.

Performance times: 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st at 8m and 2pm and 8pm on 22nd October.

Written by: Cheryl Threadgold

Directed by: Debbie Keyt

Original Music by: Kristy de la Rambelya

Venue: Black Rock House

Tickets: Adults $20 and Concession: $18 Tickets are available online from www.trybooking.com/MXNE   


Sunday Guided Tours: First Sunday of the Month, 1 - 4pm

The next Sunday tours will be held on 6th November & 4th December

Costumed guides share the intriguing history of the house built as a holiday residence by Victoria's first Auditor-General, Charles Ebden.  Donations accepted.


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The Friends of Black Rock House now have a Facebook Fan page. Please join up for recent news and notifications about events and any changes to events.

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Pre-booked Mid-week Tours

Mid-week tours for groups are available upon request and attract a nominal ticket price. Your enquiries are welcome now. More information about Pre-booked Tours ...

Special tour times may be held on days of special events.  


Black Rock House Souvenirs - Available on Tour Days

Help support the Friends of Black Rock House by purchasing Black Rock House tea towels, tote bags, mugs and postcards. Funds raised will go towards presenting Black Rock House as a place of historical significance for all to enjoy. These are available during tour hours.

Friends of Black Rock House souvenirs

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