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

Australian Heritage Festival "Tour and Afternoon Tea" at Black Rock House: Wed 3 May, 2pm

Tickets: $15 per person.  Limited places available.  Bookings essential, please call: 9589 5763.


Australian Heritage Festival "Paranormal X-File Investigation" at Black Rock House: Sat 13 May, 9-11pm

Tickets: $40 per person.  18+ years only.  Numbers limited.  Book online: www.trybooking.com/


Black Rock House Ghost Tours  - Wednesdays - 7 June, 5 July & 2 Aug. 7:30pm

A fascinating way to discover stories about people who lived and worked at Black Rock House, built in 1856 as a holiday residence for Victoria's first Auditor-General, Charles Hotson Ebden. Tour the House and cellar to share tales of some of the more unusual occurrences in this 'Jewel by the Sea'.

Champagne/Orange juice provided upon arrival with tea, coffee and biscuits at the conclusion of the tour. Please wear warm clothing and sensible shoes.  Meet at the front door of Black Rock House.

Ages 16 and above.  Tickets are non refundable. Places are limited to 15 per night, so book now. Tickets are $20 + 0.30c booking fee per person.

Click here to book tickets.


Sunday Guided Tours & Community Market: First Sunday of the Month (Feb - Dec), 1 - 4pm

Sunday afternoon tours will be held in 2017 on the following dates:   5 March, 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November and 3 December.  The Community Market will be held on this days from 12 noon to 4pm, excluding 7 May, 4 June and 2 July.  

(NEWSFLASH -- Please note that the next market will be held on 6 August, there will not be a market held in May).

Costumed guides share the intriguing history of the house built as a holiday residence by Victoria's first Auditor-General, Charles Ebden.  Donations accepted. Starting an hour earlier at 12 noon,our fabulous new community market offers scrumptious food, coffee and hand made items. (Please note that Guide Tours continue for the whole of Winter, but the markets have a break in chilly June and July).


Black Rock House Paranormal Tours

As well as our Winter ghost tours that tell the haunted house history of Black Rock House, monthly 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.  Tickets are $40 with all proceeds (less the online booking fee) going to the support the Friends of Black Rock House Inc. Tickets for these events are snapped up quickly. March and April are already sold out.  A few tickets remain for the 13 May Paranormal Tour.

Bookings are available through TryBooking, click here.    Your can also keep up-to-date though @BRHparanormal on Facebook and Instagram and the website.


Friends of Black Rock House AGM (members only) - Sat, 8 July at 2pm.  Guest speaker: Natasha Kamenev "More on Mr & Mrs Ebden".

Members, you are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Black Rock House where you'll hear the list of successes that the Friends have achieved over the past 12 months.  A fascinating expert speaking on related history is always worth hearing,  This year it will be Natasha Kamenev who'll reveal more about the lives of Charles and Tamar Ebden.


Get Updates on Facebook

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

 Please click here to join us on Facebook


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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