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Sights and sounds of the market are back

Turn on you volume to hear the sounds of live busking from the Violin Man

Oh the things you will see! Here is a short taste of the sights ands sounds of Camberwell Sunday Market, returning this weekend.

Bring your face masks and friends tomorrow as the Sunday market reboots after a circuit breaker lockdown.

Turn up the sound for some market music by ‘The Violin Man’ busking in January and photos by market regular Michel Simson from Instagram @michaelsimson_ and we hope to see you tomorrow, Sunday 21 February 2021!

8 Facts About The Camberwell 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. In celebration of this milestone, here are eight facts about the Camberwell Market.

Early Birds

The market starts at the wee hour of 6:30 am, with dedicated early bird treasure hunters known as ‘The Torch Brigade’ arriving even earlier. Equipped with headlights and torches, the most dedicated will scour stalls before stallholders have finished unpacking.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club


Pay a visit to the Camberwell Market and you may just rub shoulders with television and film costume designers who have been known to scour the racks in search of period costumes. Boasting an impressive and ever-changing collection of vintage clothes, the market is often the first stop for designers seeking an authentic look.

Treasure Trove

Occasionally, one person’s trash really can become another person’s treasure, and at the Camberwell Market, you might just get more than what you bargained and haggled for. In the early 1990s, a painting was bought for $25 and resold for $12,000. Years later, a canoe ornament from the Solomon Islands was purchased for several hundred dollars, only to be sold in New York for several thousand. In 2002, one lucky buyer bought five dolls, only to find out later that they were rare fertility dolls from Papua New Guinea, and within a few days, they were sold to a French art dealer, and soon after to another European dealer.


The Rotary Club supports buskers so much that after the death of local saxophone player Neil Whitford in 2006, they immortalised him and his little grey poodle, Benjamin, with a bronze plaque. Rain, hail or shine, the pair entertained crowds at the Camberwell Market for more than 20 years.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club

Kylie’s Hot Pants

Kylie Minogue’s ‘gay husband,’ long-time friend and stylist William Baker, is said to have picked up the infamous gold hot pants from the Camberwell Market for 50 pence. The hot pants became one of Kylie’s most iconic looks after she wore them in the music video for ‘Spinning Around’ in 2000. Kylie Minogue is originally from Camberwell, so this rumour could very well be true.

The Love Market

In 2001, two regular stallholders, Josephine Healy and Chris Poole, met, fell in love and were married at the market. One sold homemade bowties, the other novelty garden gnomes. The Rotary Club booked the couple a marquee, which they arrived at in a vintage car as a choir sang over the usual Sunday market noise. In August this year, the couple celebrated their 15th anniversary.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club


Founded in 1976, the Camberwell Market was created by Balwyn Rotary to fund a wide range of community and humanitarian charity groups, and in 40 years, they have raised $15 million.* Among the charitable causes are Boroondara Community Strengthening Grants; local projects including Eastern Emergency Relief and Violence Free Families; Youth Development Grants such as Rotary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarships, Secondary School Public Speaking Competition and National Youth Science Forums; international projects like Timor-Leste programs, New Zealand Earthquake Rebuilding, Nepal Earthquake Relief and Polio Eradication; and medical organisations including Australian Rotary Health, Box Hill Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis and Walter & Eliza Hall Institute.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club. *$15m raised at time of 40th anniversary in 2016.


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.

Photo courtesy the Camberwell Camera Club

Originally published by Monique La Terra as “8 Facts About The Camberwell Market In Celebration Of Their 40th Anniversary” on Culture Trip in 2016.

Reopening Sunday December 6th, 2020

We are reopening on Sunday December 6, 2020. Join us from 7am to 12:30pm in car park at Market Place and Station Street, Camberwell, as we reignite a community tradition that began nearly 45 years ago.

Visitors and sellers, welcome back!

Plan ahead: we have confirmed our market days for the Christmas and New Year. All stall sites are now booked out through to the end of March 2021 and we are open every Sunday except 20 December 2020:

  • Open – 6 December 2020
  • Open – 13 December 2020
  • CLOSED – 20 December 2020
  • Open – 27 December 2020
  • Open – 3 January 2021
  • Open – every Sunday, January to December 2021

There are some special measures to be aware of when visiting or selling at the market, so come prepared as we help each other be COVID Safe.


  • Do not enter the market if you are feeling unwell
  • Wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth at all times
  • Visits are limited to 90 minutes
  • Maintain safe social distancing of 1.5m from visitors not from your household
  • Maintaining cleanliness and use hand sanitiser
  • Look for price tags and pay by card if possible
  • Follow any announcements, signage or directions from staff
  • Seeking assistance if feeling unwell while visiting


  • Bring a mask and hand sanitiser!
  • Arrive with enough time to set up stalls that meet social distancing requirements before 7am
  • Remind patrons about social distancing and that face masks need to be worn at all times
  • Limit stall representatives to two people at a time and maintain social distancing (if not from the same household)
  • Provide accessible hand sanitiser at your stall
  • Clearly label items to enable patrons to see prices and minimise crowding around stall
  • Ideally, set up a card payment system

Stall bookings now open

All stalls are now SOLD OUT until April 2021. The booking Systen can be monitored for occasional cancelations that will appear.

🎉Bookings for casual stalls are now available via the booking system!🎉

Camberwell Market will be back in action on Sunday, December 6th, 2020, and a limited number of stalls will be released in batches today, Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.

Stalls are being manually released for booking in small batches throughput afternoon. Good luck sellers! There is heavy demand.

Entry to the Market as a seller or patron is conditional on you complying with our COVIDSafe Plan, as approved by Council, and available on our website.

Most importantly, entry will require:

• The wearing of a face mask
• Visitors are limited to 90 minutes
• Maintain 1.5 metres distance from others
Hand sanitising on entry

• Will the market be open this weekend?
Yes, the Market will be open Sunday, December 6th, 2020.

Will the market be open the next weekend? YES! The market will be open to the public from 7an – 12:30pm every Sunday from Sunday December 6th, 2020 (except 20/12/2020).

Can I book a stall? YES! But hurry, the stall booking system reopened today with staggered release dates from Dec – March.

How can I possibly maintain 1.5m distant from others at the Market? See more details in our COVIDSafe Plan here:

Information will be on our website, at the Caravan and signage on Sundays.

Booking a stall

Stall sales commence Tuesday 1st of December 2020 for the months of December 2020 and January, February and March 2021.

We are closed on the 20th of December 2020 ahead of Christmas.

The number of stalls released for booking each week will be less than normal due to the social distancing rules and regulations.

There will be no specific time or order of available stall sites when released on Tuesday.

• Single stall bookings only
• You will need to have an online booking to have a stall
• Extra stalls that become available will be released to the booking system as they become available
• We will not be offering stall relets on the morning of each market
• Before booking a stall our CSM COVIDSafe Plan must be read and understood
• Important items included in our COVIDSafe Plan:

  1. Stallholders and those entering the market are to have a face mask on
  2. Stallholders need to provide hand sanitiser (accessible to patrons) on their stall
  3. Stallholders are to limit representatives to family; or two people at a time with social distancing of 1.5m maintained
  4. Stallholders must remind patrons about social distancing

Questions about the new process can be directed to