Robert Blackwood Hall

Named after Monash University’s founding Chancellor, Sir Robert Blackwood, the Robert Blackwood Hall is one of Melbourne’s largest and most prestigious concert venues outside the CBD. The building designed by Sir Roy Grounds has been home to Monash University graduation ceremonies for many years.

The hall has a well deserved reputation for its high quality of acoustic performance and is home to the resplendent Sir Louis Matheson pipe organ and two Steinway Model D Grand pianos. It is ideally suited for classical and choral concerts. Equipped with a high quality PA and versatile stage lighting the venue is also equally suitable for contemporary music performances as well as speech nights celebrations and other formal functions. It has been the venue for numerous commercial recordings for the ABC, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and various film scores.

The climate controlled Concert Hall has fixed seating for up to 1598. The raked Stalls hold up to 1256 seats and is completely accessible with ramps leading into the venue.There are a further 342 seats in the Balcony.

The foyers house larger than life art works of distinguished Australian artists such as Arthur Boyd as well as the dazzling Lindesay Clark stained glass window designed by Leonard French – famous for his design of the ceiling of NGV’s Great Hall.

For further information or bookings, please contact our Venue Hire Team on 03 9905 8888, email via or complete our enquiry form by clicking on the “Enquire to Book” button below.

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Robert Blackwood Hall Location

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Parking is generally unrestricted on weeknights and weekends*.  During normal University hours, most parking areas are permit parking only with some ‘Pay and Display’ metered parking areas available to visitors.  Metered parking areas can be paid by coin, credit card and the paybyphone app. We recommend visitors to observe parking rules signage carefully to avoid penalties.

There are dedicated parking bays for disability parking permit holders in all the car parks.  If the disabled parking bays are full, you can then park in any red, yellow or blue permit spaces.  Please ensure you display your disability parking permit.

‘Pay and Display’ parking is available in SE1, SE3 (64 Scenic Boulevard) and off-campus at OC1 (Corner Wellington/Blackburn Road).  These are the recommended car parks when visiting Clayton Campus venues during University hours.

For Robert Blackwood Hall, the closest unrestricted parking on weeknights and weekends is SE1 open air parking.



Robert Blackwood Hall  is located approximately 7 minutes walk from the Monash University/Wellington Road bus interchange.

Monash University/Wellington Road bus interchange is service by the following buses operated by Ventura.

601 express to and from Huntingdale Station
630 | 631 | 703 | 733 | 802 | 804 | 862 | 900 | 978 (Night bus)
More information can be found on Venutura’s website

Huntingdale and Clayton Stations are the closest train stations to Monash University’s Clayton Campus.  There are buses that connect these train stations and the Monash University/Wellington Road bus interchange.


Monash Academy of Performing Arts is committed to accommodate the needs of persons with mobility requirements.

The Robert Blackwood Hall has access via two ramps directly into the foyer and then directly into the auditorium.

The stalls area of the Robert Blackwood Hall is completely accessible via ramps outside the venues leading to both upper and lower stalls/foyer levels. The auditorium floor is sloped, providing a gentle rake in the seats without the use of steps.

The balcony area is accessible only via four flights of stairs. This steeply raked section also contains stairs between each row. For this reason, we do not recommend balcony seating for patrons with limited mobility.


*Parking restrictions may change without notice.  Please observe parking restriction signage carefully to avoid penalties.