A visit to Camberwell 10 km east of Melbourne’s CBD is well worththe interesting short tram ride from the city. Meander through the variety of speciality shops, cafe’s and restaurants on offer. Get your nails, hair and eyebrows done, repair that broken heel, taste some thai, snack on pizza, get your coffee hit, buy an antique toy, browse through the bookstores, try on a designer garment sit in one the peaceful parks or mix with the friendly locals as they go about their daily duties. You can spend the entire time doing something different every minute of the day at Camberwell. With more than 400 speciality stores along Burke Road, stretching from Victoria Road to the Camberwell Junction and including businesses at the junction in both Camberwell and Riversdale Roads, it is one of the largest and most vibrant ‘street shopping centres’ in Victoria. Camberwell traders try to give back to the local community through events and assisting charitable organisations. Camberwell is a vibrant affluent suburb of Melbourne.
A major feature of Camberwell is theBurke Road shopping strip, which stretches north, approximately 600 m from Camberwell Junction, where three tram routes converge – the 70, 72, and 75. Halfway up the shopping strip is Camberwell railway station,. Several bus routes also cover the area. The historic art deco Rivoli Cinemas sit just west of Camberwell Junction. Camberwell has several parks, reserves and playgrounds.. Camberwell received its name as a result of an early settler being reminded of the way three roads intersected in the south London district of Camberwell. This intersection is now known as Camberwell Junction.
The development that followed was a product of the expansion of Melbourne’s suburban rail network in the 1880s. Camberwell Post Office opened on 12 October 1864.The Prospect Hill area is adjacent to the railway station and is the oldest part of the suburb. The original subdivision was relatively generous blocks, which were quickly filled with fine Victorian and Edwardian houses. Due to its hilly topography, many
east-west streets in the Prospect Hill area have an excellent view of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Its main commercial centre developed along Burke Road from its railway station to Camberwell Junction, 500m to the south. Several tram routes converge on this point. Though the area was originally agricultural, Camberwell is now one of the most well-established of Melbourne’s affluent suburbs.