From its sun-kissed sand to its diverse dining options, Black Rock is the perfect place to slow down and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Most of the attractions in Black Rock are best enjoyed when the sun is out and the weather is fine. Sport, swimming and al fresco dining are popular pastimes with locals and visitors, so channel the beachside vibe and indulge in some R&R.
Whether you’re an early riser or your day begins around midday, start your Black Rock day with breakfast or lunch at Flavours Patisserie Cafe. You’ll fall in love with some of Melbourne’s best croissants or dive headfirst into the sticky goodness of an escargot, washed down with one of the tastiest coffees in the area. Do some people watching or continue on your exploration; the choice is yours.
Arguably Black Rock’s defining destination is the small but gorgeous Half Moon Bay, a popular spot that draws swimmers, snorkellers and sunbathers from across the city. Port Phillip Bay laps at the sand that sits below Red Bluff Cliffs, making it an Instagrammer’s dream locale. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, don a snorkel and a pair of flippers and swim out to the HMVS Cerberus, a sunken ship 200 metres from shore. Or use Half Moon Bay as a starting point for the Coastal Trail, a 6.4-kilometre walking track that leads from the Black Rock Yacht Club to Sandringham Yacht Club and offers stunning views all the way to the Mornington Peninsula.
Add an extra-special element to a day at Half Moon Bay with lunch at Cerberus Beach House. Pick up something light from the kiosk or sit back with a glass of wine and a sumptuous seafood meal in the restaurant as you look out at the vista below. Also open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday, you’ll spy one of Melbourne’s best sunsets over Port Phillip Bay from here.
Off the shoreline, the intersection of Bluff, Beach and Balcombe Roads is where much of Black Rock’s culinary action happens. True South is hard to miss, given its size and prominent location. Luckily, the contemporary Argentinian menu is up to the task of satisfying the hordes, with small and large plates designed to share accompanied with delicious red wines and thirst-quenching South American beers. Empanadas naturally lead into fish tacos and barramundi ceviche, or you can pass it all in for a crack at the ‘Feed Me’ menu – perfect for sampling the menu’s tastiest treats.
For golf enthusiasts, Black Rock is best-known for The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, one of the best golf courses in Australia. A private Members’ club on most days, you can apply for a visitor tee time by contacting the club via its website. In addition to its 36 holes and pristine landscape, the Royal Melbourne is famous for hosting the world’s best golfers throughout the year, at tournaments such as the Presidents Cup in December 2019.