EVENTS CALENDAR
Tropical North Queensland is alive with celebrations and festivals all year round. We've scoured the cities, towns and villages of the region for events of all kinds; rodeos, musical festivals, historical commemorations, art exhibitions, sporting events, even cane toad racing! You can search for events according to category (sporting events, arts and cultural etc..) by choosing from the drop down categories 'Filter' menu in the top of the right hand column. You can also alternate between full page view and three month view by clicking here.
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April 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
26 27 28 29 30 31
1
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
  Mossman Markets
  Cooktown Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
2
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
3
4
5
  Kuranda Markets
6
  Kuranda Markets
7
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  Kuranda Markets
8
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
  Mossman Markets
  Cooktown Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
9
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
10
11
12
  Kuranda Markets
13
  Kuranda Markets
14
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  Kuranda Markets
15
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
  Mossman Markets
  Cooktown Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
16
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
17
18
19
  Kuranda Markets
20
  Kuranda Markets
21
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  Kuranda Markets
22
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
  Mossman Markets
  Cooktown Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
23
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
24
25
  (Nationwide) Anzac Day
26
  Kuranda Markets
27
  Kuranda Markets
28
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  Kuranda Markets
29
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
  Mossman Markets
  Cooktown Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
30
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
1 2 3 4 5 6

Fri - Mar 31 -- Sun - Apr 02
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
Rusty's Markets have been running for more than 30 years, developed from a humble display of 6 stall holders to one of the largest, most successfull and best known markets in Australia. The markets run from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, with 180 stallholders selling flowers, delicatessen goods, and a wide array of quality fruit and vegetables that come directly from the growers. But although the market is widely known for its quality food products, you will also find jewellery, clothing, gem stones, organic personal care products, leatherwear, medicinal herbs and spices, second hand goods and much more.

On Sundays the market becomes 'Rusty's Bazaar' and the range of bric-a-brac and arts and crafts is even greater.

Rusty's Markets were named after the late Emrys 'Rusty' Rees, who was responsible for the development of the market into the superb event that it is nowadays. Save some of your time to enjoy a shopping experience in a carnival like environment.

Information
Web: www.rustysmarkets.com.au
Venue: Grafton Street, Cairns
OPENING TIMES Friday 5am to 6pm
Saturday 6am to 3pm
Sunday 6am to 2pm
Sat - Apr 01
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
The Airlie Markets are held every Saturday at the Laguna Quays. Stalls sell fresh fruit and vegetables, local arts and crafts and a vast array of other goods. And all under the comforting shadow of coconut palms. The Airlie Beach Markets are a great place to experience the culture of the islands and the perfect spot to find the right souvenir among the many hundreds of locally made craft items on offer.
Sat - Apr 01
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Mossman Markets
The Mossman Markets are open every Saturday morning, from 7:00am to 12:00pm in the grounds of St. David's Church. It is a very rustic market held under the raintrees, but it is good for fresh produce, plants, home-made preserves, second hand bits and pieces and crafts and souvenirs.
Sat - Apr 01
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Cooktown Markets
The Cooktown Markets happen every Saturday in Charlotte Street.
Sat - Apr 01 -- Sun - Apr 02
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
The Pier Markets, also known as the 'Mud Markets' have an interesting selection of bits and pieces, crafts and arts and live entertainment. They are a good place to hunt down authentic local souveniers and fresh produce directly from the farmers. Every Saturday and Sunday, visit the Pier Marketplace Mall, next to the Marlin Marina and treat yourself with the excellent range of goods on offer for the whole family. And kids will surely enjoy the free face painting and balloons. Everything in an indoor fully air-conditioned space.
Sun - Apr 02
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
The Willows Rotary Markets, not to be confused with the Willows Markets, have been under the guidance of the Thuringowa Central Rotary Club since mid 1999. Since then, when the markets weren't a huge success, they have become one of the favourite activities of locals and tourists alike on Sunday morning.
Sun - Apr 02
6:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
The Showground Markets, another favourite activity in Townsville, take place every Sunday, from 6:30am to 1:00pm, in the Townsville Showgrounds, located in Hyde Park. Visit them and treat yourself with a bargain.
Sun - Apr 02
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
The Cotters Market by the Sea, in Port Douglas, are held every Sunday. The market, established more than 20 years ago, provides a wide selection of locally made goods, including home made crafts, clothing, good quality jewellery, clothes and artifacts, including boats and other rarities. Visit the markets from 8:00am to 1:30pm and don't miss an opportunity to meet the local community of free traders, artists and farmers or find that something special you have been looking for. The market is located in beautiful and scenic Anzac Park, from where you can enjoy not only shopping but also a stunning coastline. The markets have become a bit touristy, but the Port Douglas markets are the largest market in the region and one of the best.
Sun - Apr 02
8:00 AM - 12:30 AM
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
The Willows Markets take place every Sunday morning, this time at Willows Shoopingtown, in Thuringowa. Hundreds of stalls offer you from plants to clothes and much much more.
Sun - Apr 02
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
The Cotters Markets, located right in the city of Townsville, are North Queensland's largest arts, craft and produce market, restricted to selling only North Queensland's produce. If you decide to visit them, you will find pottery, jewellery, home made sweets, silk paintings and a large variety of products, emphasizing a huge array of farm fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. Of course, there are food and drinks available as well. The market is held each Sunday in Flinders Mall, Townsville's main street, from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
Wed - Apr 05 -- Fri - Apr 07
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Kuranda Markets
You can choose when to visit the Kuranda Markets, also known as the 'Original Markets' as they happen every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. For over 21 years, local craftmen have been displaying from locally grown produce to beautifully handcrafted souvenirs, including unique oil paintings and prints of the region. But there is much more to this market. Wandering around the huge amount of stalls you can find emu oil, jewellery, aboriginal artefacts, hand made clothing and a vast variety of home made food. If you fall in love with any of the souvenirs and want to take it home but you think it is too big to be allowed on a plane, do not panic; the stallholders will ship it home for you. The markets are located at 5 Therwine Street, Kuranda.
Fri - Apr 07 -- Sun - Apr 09
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
Rusty's Markets have been running for more than 30 years, developed from a humble display of 6 stall holders to one of the largest, most successfull and best known markets in Australia. The markets run from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, with 180 stallholders selling flowers, delicatessen goods, and a wide array of quality fruit and vegetables that come directly from the growers. But although the market is widely known for its quality food products, you will also find jewellery, clothing, gem stones, organic personal care products, leatherwear, medicinal herbs and spices, second hand goods and much more.

On Sundays the market becomes 'Rusty's Bazaar' and the range of bric-a-brac and arts and crafts is even greater.

Rusty's Markets were named after the late Emrys 'Rusty' Rees, who was responsible for the development of the market into the superb event that it is nowadays. Save some of your time to enjoy a shopping experience in a carnival like environment.

Information
Web: www.rustysmarkets.com.au
Venue: Grafton Street, Cairns
OPENING TIMES Friday 5am to 6pm
Saturday 6am to 3pm
Sunday 6am to 2pm
Sat - Apr 08
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
The Airlie Markets are held every Saturday at the Laguna Quays. Stalls sell fresh fruit and vegetables, local arts and crafts and a vast array of other goods. And all under the comforting shadow of coconut palms. The Airlie Beach Markets are a great place to experience the culture of the islands and the perfect spot to find the right souvenir among the many hundreds of locally made craft items on offer.
Sat - Apr 08
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Mossman Markets
The Mossman Markets are open every Saturday morning, from 7:00am to 12:00pm in the grounds of St. David's Church. It is a very rustic market held under the raintrees, but it is good for fresh produce, plants, home-made preserves, second hand bits and pieces and crafts and souvenirs.
Sat - Apr 08
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Cooktown Markets
The Cooktown Markets happen every Saturday in Charlotte Street.
Sat - Apr 08 -- Sun - Apr 09
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
The Pier Markets, also known as the 'Mud Markets' have an interesting selection of bits and pieces, crafts and arts and live entertainment. They are a good place to hunt down authentic local souveniers and fresh produce directly from the farmers. Every Saturday and Sunday, visit the Pier Marketplace Mall, next to the Marlin Marina and treat yourself with the excellent range of goods on offer for the whole family. And kids will surely enjoy the free face painting and balloons. Everything in an indoor fully air-conditioned space.
Sun - Apr 09
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
The Willows Rotary Markets, not to be confused with the Willows Markets, have been under the guidance of the Thuringowa Central Rotary Club since mid 1999. Since then, when the markets weren't a huge success, they have become one of the favourite activities of locals and tourists alike on Sunday morning.
Sun - Apr 09
6:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
The Showground Markets, another favourite activity in Townsville, take place every Sunday, from 6:30am to 1:00pm, in the Townsville Showgrounds, located in Hyde Park. Visit them and treat yourself with a bargain.
Sun - Apr 09
8:00 AM - 12:30 AM
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
The Willows Markets take place every Sunday morning, this time at Willows Shoopingtown, in Thuringowa. Hundreds of stalls offer you from plants to clothes and much much more.
Sun - Apr 09
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
The Cotters Market by the Sea, in Port Douglas, are held every Sunday. The market, established more than 20 years ago, provides a wide selection of locally made goods, including home made crafts, clothing, good quality jewellery, clothes and artifacts, including boats and other rarities. Visit the markets from 8:00am to 1:30pm and don't miss an opportunity to meet the local community of free traders, artists and farmers or find that something special you have been looking for. The market is located in beautiful and scenic Anzac Park, from where you can enjoy not only shopping but also a stunning coastline. The markets have become a bit touristy, but the Port Douglas markets are the largest market in the region and one of the best.
Sun - Apr 09
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
The Cotters Markets, located right in the city of Townsville, are North Queensland's largest arts, craft and produce market, restricted to selling only North Queensland's produce. If you decide to visit them, you will find pottery, jewellery, home made sweets, silk paintings and a large variety of products, emphasizing a huge array of farm fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. Of course, there are food and drinks available as well. The market is held each Sunday in Flinders Mall, Townsville's main street, from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
Wed - Apr 12 -- Fri - Apr 14
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Kuranda Markets
You can choose when to visit the Kuranda Markets, also known as the 'Original Markets' as they happen every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. For over 21 years, local craftmen have been displaying from locally grown produce to beautifully handcrafted souvenirs, including unique oil paintings and prints of the region. But there is much more to this market. Wandering around the huge amount of stalls you can find emu oil, jewellery, aboriginal artefacts, hand made clothing and a vast variety of home made food. If you fall in love with any of the souvenirs and want to take it home but you think it is too big to be allowed on a plane, do not panic; the stallholders will ship it home for you. The markets are located at 5 Therwine Street, Kuranda.
Fri - Apr 14 -- Sun - Apr 16
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
Rusty's Markets have been running for more than 30 years, developed from a humble display of 6 stall holders to one of the largest, most successfull and best known markets in Australia. The markets run from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, with 180 stallholders selling flowers, delicatessen goods, and a wide array of quality fruit and vegetables that come directly from the growers. But although the market is widely known for its quality food products, you will also find jewellery, clothing, gem stones, organic personal care products, leatherwear, medicinal herbs and spices, second hand goods and much more.

On Sundays the market becomes 'Rusty's Bazaar' and the range of bric-a-brac and arts and crafts is even greater.

Rusty's Markets were named after the late Emrys 'Rusty' Rees, who was responsible for the development of the market into the superb event that it is nowadays. Save some of your time to enjoy a shopping experience in a carnival like environment.

Information
Web: www.rustysmarkets.com.au
Venue: Grafton Street, Cairns
OPENING TIMES Friday 5am to 6pm
Saturday 6am to 3pm
Sunday 6am to 2pm
Sat - Apr 15
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
The Airlie Markets are held every Saturday at the Laguna Quays. Stalls sell fresh fruit and vegetables, local arts and crafts and a vast array of other goods. And all under the comforting shadow of coconut palms. The Airlie Beach Markets are a great place to experience the culture of the islands and the perfect spot to find the right souvenir among the many hundreds of locally made craft items on offer.
Sat - Apr 15
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Mossman Markets
The Mossman Markets are open every Saturday morning, from 7:00am to 12:00pm in the grounds of St. David's Church. It is a very rustic market held under the raintrees, but it is good for fresh produce, plants, home-made preserves, second hand bits and pieces and crafts and souvenirs.
Sat - Apr 15
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Cooktown Markets
The Cooktown Markets happen every Saturday in Charlotte Street.
Sat - Apr 15 -- Sun - Apr 16
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
The Pier Markets, also known as the 'Mud Markets' have an interesting selection of bits and pieces, crafts and arts and live entertainment. They are a good place to hunt down authentic local souveniers and fresh produce directly from the farmers. Every Saturday and Sunday, visit the Pier Marketplace Mall, next to the Marlin Marina and treat yourself with the excellent range of goods on offer for the whole family. And kids will surely enjoy the free face painting and balloons. Everything in an indoor fully air-conditioned space.
Sun - Apr 16
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
The Willows Rotary Markets, not to be confused with the Willows Markets, have been under the guidance of the Thuringowa Central Rotary Club since mid 1999. Since then, when the markets weren't a huge success, they have become one of the favourite activities of locals and tourists alike on Sunday morning.
Sun - Apr 16
6:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
The Showground Markets, another favourite activity in Townsville, take place every Sunday, from 6:30am to 1:00pm, in the Townsville Showgrounds, located in Hyde Park. Visit them and treat yourself with a bargain.
Sun - Apr 16
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
The Cotters Market by the Sea, in Port Douglas, are held every Sunday. The market, established more than 20 years ago, provides a wide selection of locally made goods, including home made crafts, clothing, good quality jewellery, clothes and artifacts, including boats and other rarities. Visit the markets from 8:00am to 1:30pm and don't miss an opportunity to meet the local community of free traders, artists and farmers or find that something special you have been looking for. The market is located in beautiful and scenic Anzac Park, from where you can enjoy not only shopping but also a stunning coastline. The markets have become a bit touristy, but the Port Douglas markets are the largest market in the region and one of the best.
Sun - Apr 16
8:00 AM - 12:30 AM
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
The Willows Markets take place every Sunday morning, this time at Willows Shoopingtown, in Thuringowa. Hundreds of stalls offer you from plants to clothes and much much more.
Sun - Apr 16
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
The Cotters Markets, located right in the city of Townsville, are North Queensland's largest arts, craft and produce market, restricted to selling only North Queensland's produce. If you decide to visit them, you will find pottery, jewellery, home made sweets, silk paintings and a large variety of products, emphasizing a huge array of farm fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. Of course, there are food and drinks available as well. The market is held each Sunday in Flinders Mall, Townsville's main street, from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
Wed - Apr 19 -- Fri - Apr 21
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Kuranda Markets
You can choose when to visit the Kuranda Markets, also known as the 'Original Markets' as they happen every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. For over 21 years, local craftmen have been displaying from locally grown produce to beautifully handcrafted souvenirs, including unique oil paintings and prints of the region. But there is much more to this market. Wandering around the huge amount of stalls you can find emu oil, jewellery, aboriginal artefacts, hand made clothing and a vast variety of home made food. If you fall in love with any of the souvenirs and want to take it home but you think it is too big to be allowed on a plane, do not panic; the stallholders will ship it home for you. The markets are located at 5 Therwine Street, Kuranda.
Fri - Apr 21 -- Sun - Apr 23
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
Rusty's Markets have been running for more than 30 years, developed from a humble display of 6 stall holders to one of the largest, most successfull and best known markets in Australia. The markets run from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, with 180 stallholders selling flowers, delicatessen goods, and a wide array of quality fruit and vegetables that come directly from the growers. But although the market is widely known for its quality food products, you will also find jewellery, clothing, gem stones, organic personal care products, leatherwear, medicinal herbs and spices, second hand goods and much more.

On Sundays the market becomes 'Rusty's Bazaar' and the range of bric-a-brac and arts and crafts is even greater.

Rusty's Markets were named after the late Emrys 'Rusty' Rees, who was responsible for the development of the market into the superb event that it is nowadays. Save some of your time to enjoy a shopping experience in a carnival like environment.

Information
Web: www.rustysmarkets.com.au
Venue: Grafton Street, Cairns
OPENING TIMES Friday 5am to 6pm
Saturday 6am to 3pm
Sunday 6am to 2pm
Sat - Apr 22
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
The Airlie Markets are held every Saturday at the Laguna Quays. Stalls sell fresh fruit and vegetables, local arts and crafts and a vast array of other goods. And all under the comforting shadow of coconut palms. The Airlie Beach Markets are a great place to experience the culture of the islands and the perfect spot to find the right souvenir among the many hundreds of locally made craft items on offer.
Sat - Apr 22
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Mossman Markets
The Mossman Markets are open every Saturday morning, from 7:00am to 12:00pm in the grounds of St. David's Church. It is a very rustic market held under the raintrees, but it is good for fresh produce, plants, home-made preserves, second hand bits and pieces and crafts and souvenirs.
Sat - Apr 22
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Cooktown Markets
The Cooktown Markets happen every Saturday in Charlotte Street.
Sat - Apr 22 -- Sun - Apr 23
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
The Pier Markets, also known as the 'Mud Markets' have an interesting selection of bits and pieces, crafts and arts and live entertainment. They are a good place to hunt down authentic local souveniers and fresh produce directly from the farmers. Every Saturday and Sunday, visit the Pier Marketplace Mall, next to the Marlin Marina and treat yourself with the excellent range of goods on offer for the whole family. And kids will surely enjoy the free face painting and balloons. Everything in an indoor fully air-conditioned space.
Sun - Apr 23
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
The Willows Rotary Markets, not to be confused with the Willows Markets, have been under the guidance of the Thuringowa Central Rotary Club since mid 1999. Since then, when the markets weren't a huge success, they have become one of the favourite activities of locals and tourists alike on Sunday morning.
Sun - Apr 23
6:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
The Showground Markets, another favourite activity in Townsville, take place every Sunday, from 6:30am to 1:00pm, in the Townsville Showgrounds, located in Hyde Park. Visit them and treat yourself with a bargain.
Sun - Apr 23
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
The Cotters Market by the Sea, in Port Douglas, are held every Sunday. The market, established more than 20 years ago, provides a wide selection of locally made goods, including home made crafts, clothing, good quality jewellery, clothes and artifacts, including boats and other rarities. Visit the markets from 8:00am to 1:30pm and don't miss an opportunity to meet the local community of free traders, artists and farmers or find that something special you have been looking for. The market is located in beautiful and scenic Anzac Park, from where you can enjoy not only shopping but also a stunning coastline. The markets have become a bit touristy, but the Port Douglas markets are the largest market in the region and one of the best.
Sun - Apr 23
8:00 AM - 12:30 AM
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
The Willows Markets take place every Sunday morning, this time at Willows Shoopingtown, in Thuringowa. Hundreds of stalls offer you from plants to clothes and much much more.
Sun - Apr 23
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
The Cotters Markets, located right in the city of Townsville, are North Queensland's largest arts, craft and produce market, restricted to selling only North Queensland's produce. If you decide to visit them, you will find pottery, jewellery, home made sweets, silk paintings and a large variety of products, emphasizing a huge array of farm fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. Of course, there are food and drinks available as well. The market is held each Sunday in Flinders Mall, Townsville's main street, from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
Tue - Apr 25
  (Nationwide) Anzac Day
Anzac Day, which stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, commemorates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Those soldiers became referred to as ANZACs. Anzac Day is probably Australia?s most important national occasion.

The Anzac tradition began in 1915, near Gallipoli, in Turkey. Due to a navigational error, the ANZACs landed about a mile north of the intended point and, instead of finding a beach and gentle slope, they found themselves at the bottom of abrupt cliffs, making it difficult to fight the Turkish forces. After eight months of crude fighting, the ANZACs left, leaving behind more than 8,000 Australians dead.

The services and events happen all over the country. The day starts with the ?Dawn Service?, usually held at war memorials around Australia. Often, the fourth stanza of Laurence Binyan?s poem For the Fallen (known as the Ode of Remembrance) is often recited.

Ode:

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England?s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Information
Email: admin@anzacday.org.au
Web: www.anzacday.org.au/
Times: Different times
Venue: All over the country
Entry: Free
Wed - Apr 26 -- Fri - Apr 28
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  Kuranda Markets
You can choose when to visit the Kuranda Markets, also known as the 'Original Markets' as they happen every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. For over 21 years, local craftmen have been displaying from locally grown produce to beautifully handcrafted souvenirs, including unique oil paintings and prints of the region. But there is much more to this market. Wandering around the huge amount of stalls you can find emu oil, jewellery, aboriginal artefacts, hand made clothing and a vast variety of home made food. If you fall in love with any of the souvenirs and want to take it home but you think it is too big to be allowed on a plane, do not panic; the stallholders will ship it home for you. The markets are located at 5 Therwine Street, Kuranda.
Fri - Apr 28 -- Sun - Apr 30
  (Cairns) Rusty's Markets
Rusty's Markets have been running for more than 30 years, developed from a humble display of 6 stall holders to one of the largest, most successfull and best known markets in Australia. The markets run from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, with 180 stallholders selling flowers, delicatessen goods, and a wide array of quality fruit and vegetables that come directly from the growers. But although the market is widely known for its quality food products, you will also find jewellery, clothing, gem stones, organic personal care products, leatherwear, medicinal herbs and spices, second hand goods and much more.

On Sundays the market becomes 'Rusty's Bazaar' and the range of bric-a-brac and arts and crafts is even greater.

Rusty's Markets were named after the late Emrys 'Rusty' Rees, who was responsible for the development of the market into the superb event that it is nowadays. Save some of your time to enjoy a shopping experience in a carnival like environment.

Information
Web: www.rustysmarkets.com.au
Venue: Grafton Street, Cairns
OPENING TIMES Friday 5am to 6pm
Saturday 6am to 3pm
Sunday 6am to 2pm
Sat - Apr 29
  (Whitsundays) Airlie Beach Markets
The Airlie Markets are held every Saturday at the Laguna Quays. Stalls sell fresh fruit and vegetables, local arts and crafts and a vast array of other goods. And all under the comforting shadow of coconut palms. The Airlie Beach Markets are a great place to experience the culture of the islands and the perfect spot to find the right souvenir among the many hundreds of locally made craft items on offer.
Sat - Apr 29
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Mossman Markets
The Mossman Markets are open every Saturday morning, from 7:00am to 12:00pm in the grounds of St. David's Church. It is a very rustic market held under the raintrees, but it is good for fresh produce, plants, home-made preserves, second hand bits and pieces and crafts and souvenirs.
Sat - Apr 29
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Cooktown Markets
The Cooktown Markets happen every Saturday in Charlotte Street.
Sat - Apr 29 -- Sun - Apr 30
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  (Cairns) Pier Markets
The Pier Markets, also known as the 'Mud Markets' have an interesting selection of bits and pieces, crafts and arts and live entertainment. They are a good place to hunt down authentic local souveniers and fresh produce directly from the farmers. Every Saturday and Sunday, visit the Pier Marketplace Mall, next to the Marlin Marina and treat yourself with the excellent range of goods on offer for the whole family. And kids will surely enjoy the free face painting and balloons. Everything in an indoor fully air-conditioned space.
Sun - Apr 30
  (Thuringowa) Willows Rotary Markets
The Willows Rotary Markets, not to be confused with the Willows Markets, have been under the guidance of the Thuringowa Central Rotary Club since mid 1999. Since then, when the markets weren't a huge success, they have become one of the favourite activities of locals and tourists alike on Sunday morning.
Sun - Apr 30
6:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Showground Markets
The Showground Markets, another favourite activity in Townsville, take place every Sunday, from 6:30am to 1:00pm, in the Townsville Showgrounds, located in Hyde Park. Visit them and treat yourself with a bargain.
Sun - Apr 30
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  (Port Douglas) Cotters Markets by the Sea
The Cotters Market by the Sea, in Port Douglas, are held every Sunday. The market, established more than 20 years ago, provides a wide selection of locally made goods, including home made crafts, clothing, good quality jewellery, clothes and artifacts, including boats and other rarities. Visit the markets from 8:00am to 1:30pm and don't miss an opportunity to meet the local community of free traders, artists and farmers or find that something special you have been looking for. The market is located in beautiful and scenic Anzac Park, from where you can enjoy not only shopping but also a stunning coastline. The markets have become a bit touristy, but the Port Douglas markets are the largest market in the region and one of the best.
Sun - Apr 30
8:00 AM - 12:30 AM
  (Thuringowa) Willows Markets
The Willows Markets take place every Sunday morning, this time at Willows Shoopingtown, in Thuringowa. Hundreds of stalls offer you from plants to clothes and much much more.
Sun - Apr 30
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  (Townsville) Cotters Markets
The Cotters Markets, located right in the city of Townsville, are North Queensland's largest arts, craft and produce market, restricted to selling only North Queensland's produce. If you decide to visit them, you will find pottery, jewellery, home made sweets, silk paintings and a large variety of products, emphasizing a huge array of farm fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. Of course, there are food and drinks available as well. The market is held each Sunday in Flinders Mall, Townsville's main street, from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
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