Black Rock House
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Black Rock House

Address: 34 Ebden Avenue, Black Rock, Victoria 3193

Phone: 03 9589 5763  


Black Rock House was built in 1856 by Victoria's first Auditor-General, Charles Hotson Ebden, as his seaside retreat. Complete with a castle wall and Moreton Bay Figs, this historic home in the Melbourne Bayside suburb of Black Rock has a fascinating past. It was considered to be the first house built in the district and the suburb of Black Rock is named after the iconic house.

Throughout its rich history, Black Rock House has been utilised as a meeting place for Melbourne's elite, as a retreat for Governor Sir Henry Barkly and also as a private house.

The heritage listed property is also renowned for its majestic gardens with the themes of these gardens reflecting honouring the connection to the Charles Ebden and local indigenous flora.

All are welcome to take a free tour of Black Rock House on the first Sunday afternoon of the month, 12 noon to 3:00pm (starting 6 September 2015) and by appointment any day for groups for a nominal ticket price. The website lists several special community events as well as Ghost Tours held in Winter.

The Friends of Black Rock House Inc originated in 1979 to fill Black Rock House with Victorian furnishings, so visitors are able to gain a sense of life in the house at the time it was built (1856-58).

Membership of the Friends of Black Rock House is also available. Members receive a regular newsletter, historic information and invitations to Friends of Black Rock House functions. This membership is great for families, individuals and history buffs.

Content: Black Rock House


This is a free attraction.


  • Non smoking establishment
  • Shaded area
  • Sheltered area


  • Guided walks

Opening hours

Weekday group tours are available by appointment for a small fee per person. Booking details are on the website. Ghost Tours are held each Winter with booking details on the website. Special events will also be listed on the website and on Facebook.

Monthly Sunday Tours
12:00pm -3:00pm
From 6 September 2015 - Sunday tours will be held on the first Sunday of the month, 12 noon to 3:00pm. Donations accepted.

Disabled access

Contact operator for further details.

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