One of Melbourne’s leafy-inner suburbs, Camberwell is part of the City of Boorondara. While neighbouring Hawthorn developed steadily as a selective residential area of Melbourne in the second half of the 19th century, Camberwell retained its rural character until a regional railway network was established between 1882 and 1891 and distinctive small farms began to make way for housing estates.
Today its Federation-style housing contrasts sharply with the classic Victorian homes of Hawthorn and the art deco properties of neighbouring Kew.
Modern Camberwell is building a reputation as a rival to the Melbourne CBD for its quality of restaurants and coffee shops and stress-free shopping.
Camberwell, in fact, shares the spotlight with the likes of the neighbouring inner-eastern suburbs of South Yarra, Toorak, Prahran and Armadale and northside Carlton as rivals to the Melbourne CBD for their range of fashion boutiques, retail stores, cafes and out of the ordinary restaurants.