What to do in Kendall

The Poets Village

Before Europeans arrived in what is now Kendall and district it was the home of the Biripi people who lived in villages along the river banks and around the lakes. The first detailed European record of the area was made in 1818 by surveyor and explorer John Oxley. He names the Camden Haven Ricer after the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, John Jeffreys Pratt Camden. Oxley also noted the excellent timber stands of the area. It was those chasing 'red gold' or ceder who first arrived and by 1856 cedar was being cut and exported. Bullock teams took the timber to the coast for export by sailing ships that braved the unpredictable bar at the mouth of the Camden haven. The cedar getters were followed by those seeking other timber and the first mill was established int he town that was originally called Camden Haven in the 1860's.

This was followed by several others, including that of the Fagan Brothers.

It was with them that Australia's first major native born poet, Henry Kendall, accepted a clerical position in 1875. He grew to love the area and wrote some of his best poetry here. In 1891 the village was renamed in his honour and he is commemorated in a number of ways in the town.

The coming of the northern railway and the opening of a local station in 1915 heralded a period of new prosperity with the timber industry and a growing dairy industry. A local butter factory was established adjacent to the railway crossing. The railway also brought social change and growth, which continued for 50 years. However with the decline of both industries the area has had to look to new opportunities. A community always known for its enterprise and initiative has now gained a reputation for the arts, community events and a lifestyle the envy of many. This rich heritage makes Kendall the perfect place to visit.

 Miss Nellies and is currently undergoing repair and restoration after the flood

damage of March 2021. However, you can still enjoy a relaxing take away coffee,

with scones, cakes and light savoury options from the "Travelling Millie van" at the

same address  

Open 5 days 9am - 4pm (closed Wednesday and Thursday) 33 River Street  

 02 6559 0085

Every Thursday at the Kendall Community Centre you will find a plethora of

market stalls, selling everything from home made gift cards to fresh locally grown

vegetables. There is also a community garden, tended by volunteers, with bush foods and herbs on sale.

 You can also enjoy freshly brewed barista coffee with home made cakes and slices.

Thursdays from 9am to 12 noon.











Style Country Hairdressing(0438 594 459) with Kerry, and Opel Tipper Hair with Opel (0428 785 588)are also in the Community Centre 0438 594459

Before you cross the main railway line travel south 200 metres along Railway Street to the

Kendall Craft Co-Operative. Housed in the restored Kendall Railway Station this craft

centre displays the work of many local artisans Open daily 10am - 4pm  Phone: 02 6559 4644

Across the road, Kendall Community Pre-School has been part of the local community for

almost 30 years. Seen as a leader in quality Early Childhood Education Services, the preschool

provides a unique educational environment for 3-5 year olds.


BOOKENDS is a second-hand book store and book exchange. It relies on book donations

and is run entirely by volunteers. All profits go to the upkeep of the Community Centre.

Bookend's hours are Mon-Fri 10am to 2pm, Sat. 10am-noon.

Henry Kendall's musings and those of other local poets can be found on power poles along

The Poets Walk through the township. There are 30 in all. You can also pick up a map of

the Historic Walking Tour that takes in 16 heritage buildings including Kendall School (1874)

the Post Office (1895) and the Kendall School of Arts (1910)

These and others are all in walking distance in the heart of Kendall.




Kendall Village is lucky to have its own Beautician at Simply Beauty who has opened

this newly built facility at 4 Comboyne St Kendall.

The shop is owned and run by local resident Genevieve. phone 0410 742  774


Should you need to cool off after your walk then there is no better place than the

25 metre Kendall Community Swimming Pool Open September to April,

1 Orara St. Call for specific opening times   Phone   02 6559 0151









Kendall Tennis club is one of Australia's most awarded tennis clubs winning NSW

Country Club of the year and Australia's Best Tennis Community. A must see

is the club's three newly built hard-courts in Orara Street with the large Kendall 

sign on the centre court area. A new Club House with kitchen has been opened

in 2017.

With a membership of over 300 the club offers a large range of competitions.

 Phone 02419 634 848  and has its own ballsquad

which services the Sydney International.


Nestled on the banks of the Camden Haven River, the Kendall Services &

Citizens Club offers the ideal place to relax and unwind over a sensational

coffee, light ale or delicious meal provided by FUSIONS restaurant.

 It provides an ideal meeting place and has

the perfect backdrop when planning a function.

Open 7 Days, 4 Graham St Kendall  Phone 02 6559 4207






Tactile Arts Group at Kendall Inc

If you're feeling creative and like to get your hands dirty, The Tactile Arts Group at

Kendall always welcomes new members.

TAG@Kendall runs a continually changing program of workshops, including

pottery, sculpture, mosaics, hypertufa pots and other messy arts in its studio

at the Kendall Showgrounds.

Contact Karen on 6559 7534 to find out more about joining up to explore your

creative interests in like minded company.







KENDALL SHOWGROUND.. Batar Creek Road, Kendall.

website  www.camdenhavenshow.org.au

email      kendallshowground@bigpond.com

phone    02 6559 4463

This showground was established in 1948 and is one of the few privately owned showgrounds in Australia.

The Kendall Showground is the venue for the Annual Camden Haven Show, held usually over the third weekend each October.

Limited powered and unpowered camping spots are available (except during the show)

The showground facilities are home to the following community groups ...

Camden haven Pastoral Agricultural Horticultural and Industrial Society Inc (CHPAH & I )

Camden Haven Pony Club

Camden Haven Boxing team

Kendall Mens' Shed

Kendall Blues Rugby League Football Club

TAG @ Kendall-Tactile Arts Group.


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