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.


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

 2019 Dates:   6 October, 3 November, 1 December (40th Anniversary Special Event 10am - 4pm)

Costumed guides share the intriguing history of the house built as a holiday residence by Victoria's first Auditor-General, Charles Ebden.  See the new interior decoration including unusual Victorian wallpapers.  Outside enjoy the castle wall and magnificent Moreton Bay Fig trees.  Donations accepted. 

Step Back in Time: Antique Valuations for Bayside Seniors Week

Saturday 12 October, 10 am - 3pm.  Two sittings for Devonshire Tea.

Come along with yoru interesting old items for an antiques auctioneer to look over. 

The Sandringham Festival

Sunday 27 October, 10am - 4pm

Come say 'hello' and ask questions about Black Rock House at our stand at the Sandy Festival.  We'd love to see you all there.

Halloween at Black Rock House

Thursday, 31 October, 6 - 8.30pm.  Suitable for all ages.

After last year's success, we have decided to spook up the grounds, cellar and ourselves for some more community fun.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Black Rock House's Opening to the Public

Sunday 1 December, 10am - 4pm

On 28th November, 1979, Black Rock House was officially opened to the Public thanks to the City of Sandringham with the invaluable support of Lesley Falloon OAM and others committed to reinvigorating this historic jewel of the Bayside.  Devonshire Teas will be served all day, guests can be toured through the house by costumed guides, there'll be music on the lawn and a live broadcast by 88.3 Southern FM.  We invite everyone to come and celebrate!

Christmas Carols with Local Schools

Wednesday, 4 December, 6pm arrival and byo picnic, 7pm performances.  Free event.

Enjoy a festive time in the grounds of Black Rock House as local schools and entertainers herald in the festive season with favourite Christmas music. Bring family, friends, chairs, picnic rugs and of course, a picnic!  This is an annual Black Rock House tradition presented with great joy by the Friends.

Black Rock House Paranormal Tours  - 2019 SOLD OUT

2019 Dates - 28 Sep (Extended 3 hour investigation) - Wait List available at trybooking.com.   Extended investigation Nights: $60.

As well as our Winter ghost tours that tell the haunted house history of Black Rock House, Paranormal Tours are held for those who seek a paranormal experience with past residents and staff of the House for themselves.  Using the latest instrumentation, the team from Paranormal X Files will host your Black Rock House experience in the dark. Open to those 18+ only.  

The full income from ticket sales goes towards the restoration and upkeep of Black Rock House.

You can also keep up-to-date though @BRHparanormal on Facebook and Instagram and the website. support the Friends of Black Rock House Inc. 

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.  

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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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