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 enquiries.apa@monash.edu or complete our enquiry form by clicking on the “Enquire to Book” button below.

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Robert Blackwood Hall Location

Seat Map

PARKING

From 8.30am to 4pm much of the parking on campus is permit-only with specific areas of casual meter parking available. After 4pm, most parking areas become free and unrestricted areas.

The closest meter parking to our performance venues is located on the Eastern-side of Scenic Boulevard, near Wellington Road. Meter Parking at Monash University has recently changed and is now cashless and requires your vehicle registration. There are two ways to pay – To Pay-by-App you must download the CellOPark app, create an account with your registration & payment information, then, once you have parked, select your location and follow the prompts to ‘start’ and ‘stop’ parking. To Pay-by-Plate, once you have parked, you must enter your car registration number at one of the parking meters available, select the amount of time you wish to park and insert or tap your credit/debit card to make payment.

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

Wherever you park, be sure to follow the signs to avoid a fine. For further details, please visit the Monash University Parking website.

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

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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

Bus
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 https://www.venturabus.com.au/

Train
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.

ACCESSIBILITY

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.