Markets - Weekend Markets
Visiting the markets in and around Cairns is a great way to get an idea of the local vibe and culture. Cairns is a hub for local artists producing brilliant Indigenous works, handcrafts, clothing, paintings, photography and so much more.
There's also plenty of fresh and delicious local produce so you can wander throughout the various stalls and try all the tasty fruit, seafood, deli foods, honey and so much more.
Cairns has such a great tropical climate that it's a great way to spend your day or evening. It's also great if you're on a tight budget as you get the sights, smells, tastes at cheap market prices. If you're looking for an interesting souvenir of your time in Cairns then the markets will definitely deliver!
Cairns Night Market
71 - 75 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD 4870
Phone: (07) 4051 7666
Open: 5pm - 11pm, 7 days a week
Cairns Night Market is the perfect way to spend your evening in Cairns as it's open 7 days a week from 5pm till 11pm. It's a totally unique and interesting shopping and dining market which is a favourite with both locals and those visiting Cairns. There's over 70 intriguing stalls offering everything from tattoos to pearls to crocodile skins. There's gorgeous glass blowing pieces, opals, homewares stores and you can even pick up a real Akubra Hat. While you're winding your way through these fascinating stalls you can pick up a bite to eat at the Noodle Bar, Crepe Stand, Asian Buffet, Fresh Seafood or just cool down with an ice cream.
57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
Phone: (07) 4040 2705
Open: Friday 5am - 6pm, Saturday 6am - 3pm, Sunday 6am - 2pm
Since Rusty's Markets began around 30 years ago it has grown to become one of the best known markets in Australia and overseas. There's over 180 stalls which sell a myriad of things including tropical fruits, local vegetables, exotic flowers, locally made produce like honey, dips and deli foods. There's also a range of stores selling arts and crafts and bric-a-brac. It's a colourful journey into the exciting melting pot that is Cairns.
The Esplanade, Cairns
Phone: (07) 4044 3715
Open: 10am - 4pm every weekday, 8am - 5pm Saturday
The Esplanade Markets gives shoppers a wonderful showcase of locally produced jewellery, art, woodcraft, fashion, skin care, leather work, pottery and so much more. There's also interactive stalls that offer massages and airbrush tattoos. The markets are open in the fun and exciting Esplanade centre of Cairns and operate Monday through to Saturday.
Tanks Arts Centre Market Day
46 Collins Avenue, Cairns, QLD
Phone: (07) 4032 6600
Open: 9am - 2pm, the last Sunday of every month
Tanks Arts Centre Market Day operates the last Sunday of each month from April to November. There's a broad array of local produce stalls as well as vintage clothing, collectables, craft and natural health products on offer. It's a great way to spend a lazy Sunday wandering around the markets with live entertainment from local musicians and entertainers. Kids can also book in for an arts based workshop which is fun and free.
Port Douglas Sunday Markets
Anzac Park, Macrossan St, Port Douglas, QLD 4877
Phone: 07 4099 9444
Open: 8am - 1.30pm, every Sunday of the month
Take a short drive up the coast to the Port Douglas Sunday Markets which are hosted each Sunday in ANZAC park which overlooks the glorious Coral Sea. Take your time as you browse through a myriad of stalls only selling what the stallholder makes or grows. It's a Cotters Market so you know the quality of products and produce you buy will be impeccable. Try some delicious tropical fruits, buy a handmade akubra or pick up some locally made jewellery for a loved one. There's also plenty of food so you can take it to the beach for a picnic!