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Established by Balwyn Rotary in 1976, the Camberwell Sunday Market has become a Melbourne weekend institution. Our market is known for specialty items that are retro, vintage or nostalgic. We love being part of 'old Melbourne' and helping you find things you will find nowhere else. And environmentally friendly - wow - we have been lowering the carbon footprint of Melbourne for years by recycling and reselling second hand items in nearly 400 weekly stall. Discover a Treasure. Discover a Cause. Discover Camberwell.

Time for Reflection

There is no Sunday Market today, 31 May 2020. The current State of Emergency Declarations ends at 11:59pm tonight and we are working hard with Council and other stakeholders to re-open the Camberwell Sunday Market as soon as safely possible. We expect this will be in June and will let you know soon as we know!

So a Sunday morning in bed for for a cup of tea or stroll down to the shops for brunch or a coffee with friends, observing personal distancing and new social norms like not shaking hands!

It is also National Reconciliation Week and we want to especially recognise Elders – past, present and emerging – of the Kulin Nation and of the Country ‘where the ground is thickly shaded.’

Before settlers used the name Boroondara, it was adapted from the native Australian language name used by the local inhabitants of the Wurundjeri clan of Woiwurrung people. The sound of the word has therefore likely been associated with the area for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

While today the 🍁 leafy rows of European of trees continue to cast shadows onto the ground, Australian native flowers, plants and trees had cast shadows on these grounds for millennia.

There is a plaque to one of these last great trees located in Kew.

Canoe tree monument

The monument is on Bowyer Avenue in Kew. Its plaque commemorates a significant scarred canoe tree, estimated at the time to be more than 1000 years old, which was felled at that site in the late 1950s. The plaque has the following inscription:Commemorating the Aborigines and their craftsmanship.

This district, formerly their meeting place, was known to them as Bark Hill. On this site grew an immense gum tree from which the Aborigines carved a large bark canoe. This canoe was probably launched on a passing stream which now flows underground to the river Yarra.

The monument was a joint initiative of the Aborigines Advancement League – Kew Branch, and the Kew Historical Society, and was erected in 1965. Former residents recall the site being a regular gathering place for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the 1960s.

From the Boroondara Site website.

The theme of this year’s NRW is #inthistogether2020. Just a decade after the monument was erected, the Camberwell Sunday Market was created, forming a regular place for people of all cultures and backgrounds to meet, talk and trade their wares.

In #NRW2020 both the traditional Aboriginal meeting place and current day market stand still. We are indeed all in this together. Let’s move forward together with greater respect and understanding for each other.

And that last great tree was not simply just a tall tree. When it was felled, possibly for Camberwell area homes and buildings, also fell some of the last living links with a life of pre-contact Aboriginal society. The tree was probably part of a song line, the canoe may have been carved out Elders past 500 years earlier, the enormous canopy was refuge to a complex biodiversity that is simply impossible to replicate today.

Let’s be better at things in a post-pandemic world.

Happy Easter 2020

Good morning Everyone & Happy Easter!

We know that for many people the Camberwell Market is an important part of Easter Sunday. In years gone past, we would receive messages from people returning home for Easter and just wanting to ‘make sure we’d be open.’

Often coming from overseas or interstate, the Market was part of their family Easter Sunday tradition: it meant being ‘home’.

So from our family to yours, we miss you too and, although we are all in locked down this year, we’re pretty sure next Easter will be a ripper.

Happy Easter and we hope to be seeing you in a few months time when it’s safe to meet again. Take care.

Sugar pop slime

Melbourne’s Camberwell Sunday Market has always been a place driven by passion, ideas and entrepreneurship – from young to young at heart.

Many of our thousands of visitors each week find unique and special items to use in their own projects, be that works of art at home or an exciting idea for a micro business.

This budding entrepreneur had stall 309. While anyone could make slime, how many actually take the time to get all the ingredients to keep their kids entertained for hours?

‘Sugar pop slime’ taps into this this need and makes it simple and easy for people to enjoy the pleasures of slime!

The great thing about a stall at the Market is the variety of sellers and visitors. In a few hours you can quickly discover the ‘market value’ of arts, crafts and handmade goods and test your entrepreneurial ideas with customers. Drop by stall 309 to get slimed today, December 2nd, 2018.



You can book stalls using your iPhones, iPads, Android, Windows 10 devices as well as the usual booking website.  You need to register a fresh new account in the new system due to the stricter membership requirement.

Image courtesy of Instagram @caslb_

Stall cost is $65 ($66 from 1 March 2019) and is paid by credit card when booking. The terms and conditions should be fully understood before proceeding, agreement to the terms and conditions is a part of the booking process.

Also, payments are not refundable.  Please check the date and stall location carefully before making payments.

Stall are released up to 12 weeks in advance.


A number of stalls / re-lets are sold on the morning. When management arrives at 5.30am, names of those wanting a stall are taken in order of arrival and at 7am, bookings that have not arrived are re-let to those waiting. Usually approx. 15-20 stalls per week are re-let, however there are no guarantees.


Hire Cost:

• Trestle Table: Length 1.8m: $ 9

• Trestle Table: Length 2.4m: $10

• Clothes Rack and 2 Sandbags: $15

• Sandbags: $ 3 each

Hire can only be arranged on the morning of your booking. Photo ID is needed and a $20 security bond is charged per stall, all hire equipment has to be returned before 1pm to avoid forfeit of this bond, early return welcomed.


The Market is up and running by 6.30am every Sunday (earlier in the summer months). Stallholders are required to stop trading at 12.30pm, and to be totally packed by 1.00pm.


Products sold are second hand or hand-crafted goods, specifically made by the stallholder.   Goods not permitted include food, drinks, new goods (for resale), factory seconds or samples especially clothing, animals or make-up products.

The Market does not have pre-designated areas for different product categories; hence a stroll round the whole market is encouraged to see the broad range of products sold.





Terms and Conditions

Stallholder Information

Stall & Area Map

Number 8: Eight fun facts about Camberwell Sunday Market

Courtesy of the Camberwell Camera Club

No matter where you seem to go, parking in Melbourne is seemingly non-existent with time limits and permits around every corner, but at the Camberwell Market, you’ll find free all-day parking only five minutes away on Inglesby Road, opposite the local council offices – as if anyone needed another reason to love the market.

Since 1976, the weekly market has been luring patrons with vintage trinkets, knickknacks, and hot jam donuts. Founded by Balwyn Rotary, the market started with 48 stalls, and it has since grown to almost 400, with stallholders waiting weeks to secure a spot at the market. Treasure hunters can comb through second-hand clothes and records, antique toys, jewellery, artwork, keepsakes and a variety odds and ends from dawn until midday in search of rare gems. We will be posting eight facts about the Camberwell Sunday Market over this weekend! Stay tuned, more fun facts to come!

Originally posted in The Culture Trip by Monique La Terra.