SHOP TILL YOU DROP
As the largest town in Far North Queensland, the regional centre for the area, and also the third most visited city in Australia, Cairns provides all the goods and services that you could need. From designer label clothing to rustic markets, Cairns offers everybody whatever they are looking for. But if what you are looking for is something more relaxed, welcome to Tropical North Queensland, with dozens of markets selling everything, from fresh tropical fruits to hand made arts and crafts and second hand items. What else could you want?
AROUND TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND YOU'LL FIND A WIDE ARRAY OF MARKETS, SELLING GOODS RANGING FROM ORGANIC FOOD TO HAND MADE JEWELLERY AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
MARKETSDeserted white beaches, breathtaking sunsets, tasty and healthy food, lots of different sports, are the perfect combination for a unforgettable holidays. But markets are an important part of the Tropical North Queenland lifestyle. It's quite an experience, wandering through the numerous stalls looking for that piece of jewellery, didgeridoo or exotic fruit that you won't surely find back home. The possibilities are as wide as your imagination. Take your kids with you and they will enjoy having their faces painted or watching those clowns while you hunt down your treasures.
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns (MAP)
Much more than a fruit market!
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.
CAIRNS NIGHT MARKETS
71-75 The Esplanade. Entrances in both Abbott Street and the Esplanade. www.nightmarkets.com.au
The Cairns Night Markets are the perfect spot for shopping in the cool of the evening. They are open every night from 4.30 till 11pm, and their fantastic location, just right on the Esplanade make them a very popular shopping are for both tourists and locals alike. The Cairns Night Markets offer a unique shopping and dining experience, featuring more than 70 different outlets. Whether you are hungry and are looking for a place to fill your empty stomach or you want to buy whatever you need or want to take home with you, this is the place.
Although the Cairns Night Markets were first created as a way for local traders to promote their North Queensland souvenirs, nowadays they have expanded and are alive with internationally renowned restaurants and trendy shops where you will surely find what you are looking for. And don't worry about the weather, the market's innovative design captures all of the atmosphere of an outdoor market with the convenience of being fully weatherproof.
Every Saturday, from 8.00am to 5.00pm, the Esplanade Lagoon comes alive even more to hold the Esplanade Markets.
TANKS MARKET DAY
46 Collin Avenue, Edge Hill.
Tanks Market Day is held on the last Sunday of the month from May to November (excluding August). It features local arts and crafts, street theatre, entertainment, exhibitions and workshops. Open from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
SMITHFIELDS MARKET DAY
Smithfield Shopping Centre, Captain Cook Highway
Smithfields Market Day is held at the Smithfield Centre, from 9:00am to 3:00pm every third Sunday of the month. Since 1998, when they were first held, Smithfield Markets have gained a good reputation for their quality and range, having over 100 stalls each month selling their products. All the market stalls are located in a comfortable air-conditioned centre and are one of the largest and most popular markets in the region.
The Gordonvale Cottage Market is located in Gordonvale Park. Open from 7:30am to 12:00pm every first Saturday of the month, the Gordonvale Market offers locally grown produce, hand made goods and home made cakes. But you won't find second hand goods here.
The Babinda Markets are held every day of the week at 15 Munro Street. They are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
The Innisfail Red Cross Market takes place the third Saturday of each month. Between 30 and 40 stalls gather together in Anzac Memorial Park, opposite Coles Supermarket, in the centre of the town. Stalls offer arts and crafts and trash and treasure. The market is open from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
The Kurrimine Markets are held every second Sunday of the month.
The Monster Markets are held on the last Sunday each month from Easter to November at Recreation Centre. They commence at 8:00am and finish around 1:00pm. The markets mostly feature local fruit and vegetables, log furniture, arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, trash and treasure and plants. Relax and enjoy North Queensland produce as imported goods are not allowed.
The Mission Beach Market, located in the park opposite the Hide Away Caravan Park, is held on the first and third Sunday of each month. Open from 8:00am to 12:00pm, the market offers a wide array of tropical fruit and vegetables, trash and treasure, clothing and craft items.
The Tully Markets are held in the main street of the town every second and fourth Saturday of the month.
The Cardwell Markets happen from April to December, every first Saturday of the month. The markets are held on the Cardwell Esplanade, from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
The Lucinda Beach Markets are held every third Saturday of the month, but only from May to August. From 8:00am to 12:00pm, you can wander around the stalls located at Lucinda PT State School, at Patterson Parade. The Lucinda Markets won't be running during 2008.
The Raintree Markets happen every third Saturday of each month at the Rotary Park in Ingham.
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.
The Strand Night Markets are a must do while in Townsville. They take place every first Friday of each month on the the beautiful location of The Strand beachfront. From May to December, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, allow yourself a unique shopping and leisure experience in a charming setting. Food, fashion, craft, jewellery, there is a vast variety of products to suit everyone's taste and you and your family or friends will enjoy a very pleasant evening.
The North Queensland Farmers Markets are open from 6:00am to noon every Saturday at the North Shore Town Centre in Main Street, Burdell. There are many different types of stalls at the markets from fresh organic produce, freshly squeezed lime drinks, sumptuous marinades and sauces, beautiful and aromatic skin care products, nuts and seeds, olives and tasty tapenades, herbs and just caught seafood, cheeses and freshly baked bread.
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. They are open from 8:00am to 12:30pm.
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.
The Bohlevale Community Markets are held every third Saturday of the month, from May to September, at the Bohlevale Community Centre. The markets commence at 8:00am and finish around 1:00pm.
The Upper Ross Community Markets are open from 8:00am to 12:00pm. They are only held on the first Saturday of the month, and from February to December. Look for them at the Upper Ross Community Centre.
The Bluewater Community Markets are held from April to November at the Blue Water Community Centre. They take place every second Saturday of the month.
The Rollingstone Markets, in Rollingstone Park, feature arts, crafts, produce, preserves and more. Breakfast and morning tea are available at the Rollingstone Historical Society Museum. The are open from 8:00am to 12:00pm, on the first Saturday of the month, but only from April to December.
The Horseshoe Bay Markets are held on the last Sunday of the month. Held righ on the beach front of Magnetic Island's Horseshoe Bay, these unique markets feature loads of crafts and arts, jewellery, clothing and souvenirs. Apart from finding the perfect gift to take home with you, you can also be entertained by live music from 11:00am and enjoy home made food on display in one of the adjacent shops and restaurants.
If you are staying in Townsville but want to make a day trip to Magnetic Island on a market day, Sunferries and the Bus Service offer a special fare. The markets are open from 9:30am to 1:30pm.
The Ayr Markets are held from 8:30am to 12:00pm at Plantation Park on the third Sunday of each month.
The Bowens Lions Beach Market happens every second and fourth Sunday of each month. They are located at Hanson Park, Horseshoe Bay Road.
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.
WHITSUNDAY FARMERS MARKET
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, at Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation (Bruce Highway, Proserpine) you will find the Whitsunday Farmers Market
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.
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.
The Mount Molloy Markets are held the first Saturday of each month at the QCSW Hall.
The Rossvile Markets happen every fortnight on Saturday at the Lions Park, located 48 kilometres south of Cooktown. From 9:00am to 12:00 visitors and locals alike to wander through this small market which offers home-made cakes and preserves, organic fruit and vegetables, bric-a-brac, jewellery, second hand clothing and arts and crafts.
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.
The Kuranda Heritage Rainforest Markets offer visitors a bit of everything: souvenirs to take back home with you, arts and crafts, food and drinks and entertainment. And, surprisingly, natural wildlife, as Birdworld, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and the Koala Gardens are all located in the markets. 90 different stalls and shops ensure that you get anything you may want. No need to worry about the weather, the market is located in an all-weather covered market-mall.
The markets are open daily from 9:00am to 3:00pm and, to make it more comfortable for your, you can catch one of the Free Coach Trip from the SkyRail and Scenic Railway Terminal. A very convenient way to get to the markets without any hassle. Visit them at Rob Veivers Drive.
The Yungaburra Markets are the most popular and also the oldest markets in the Atherton Tablelands. Every fourth Saturday of each month, you will have the opportunity to choose your produce among the more than 300 stores, selling organic fruit and vegetebles, jewellery, clothing, crafts and ornaments, tools, poultry, furniture, you name it. Lots of the stores, up to 320, sell products made in the area and from local materials.
If you are feeling hungry, let yourself be tempted by the beautiful aromas of food being cooked. Just opposite the markets grounds, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants offering a wide selection of food and drinks.
From 7:30am to 12:30 am, enjoy a real North Queensland shopping experience. And bring your kids along with you, they will have a great time playing in the children's centre.
Be aware that if Christmas Eve falls on the fourth Saturday of the month, the Yungaburra Markets will not be held.
The Atherton Market takes place on the first Saturday of each month on the Platypus Park, Atherton. Stalls sell fruit and vegetables, arts and crafts, etc. Open from 7:00am.
The Indoor Markets takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 7:00am to noon. Merriland Hall on Robert Street.
The Malanda Lions Markets happen on the third Saturday of every month on Jack May Park, opposite the Showground in Malanda. Wander around many outdoor stalls selling a interesting array of books, second hand tools, clothing and local arts and crafts, including some locally made lawyer cane furniture.
The Mareeba Markets are held monthly on the Centenary Park. The markets offer a large selection of local arts and crafts, local fruits and produce, boasting around 90 stalls in total. Open from 8:00am to 12:00pm every second Sunday of the month.
The vibrant Tolga Markets, happening on the first Sunday of every month, are a great way to taste real Australian produce. Local jams, freshly picked and seasonal fruit, clothing, hand crafted items, and much more it is what you can find if you head to the Tolga Morrow Park racecourse from 7:00am to 12:00pm.
The Herberton Markets offer good quality fruit and vegetables, home made items, home cooked cakes and jams, leatherwork and unusual and rare plants. The markets are held every third Sunday of the month, between 7:30am and 12:00pm in the Wondecla Showgrounds, located four kilometres south of Herberton. The Herberton Markets are smalls compared to others, only around 40 stalls, but are worth a visit.
The Archer Creek markets happen on the second Sunday of the month. They are held on the Kennedy Highway, approximately 15 minutes past Ravenshoe. The markets are open from 7:00am to 12:00pm.
The Walkamin Markets are open from 7:am to 12:00, every second Sunday of each month. They are held next to the sports field, in Walkamin. The items found in this market are some produce, clothing, preserves, plants and general items. for more information, contact (07) 4095 8252
The Ravenshoe Markets happen every fourth Sunday of the month, between 8:00am and 12:00pm. Between 30 and 40, some of them undercover, stalls offer local produce, arts and crafts and trash and treasure. You may have the opportunity to see fun and entertaining buskers and find a really good bargain in one of the second hand shops located only a short walk from the market. The markets are located in the Railway Station, Grigg Street.
INNOT HOT SPRINGS
The Innot Hot Springs Markets are held every second Sunday of the month. They are open from 6:00am to 12:00pm. The markets are located in Innot Hot Springs Community Hall, Kennedy Highway.
The Stock Exchange Markets are held every first and third Sunday of the month. From 8:00am to 12:00pm, the Stock Exchange Arcade, in Mossman Street, becomes alive with lots of different stalls selling their produce.
The Showground Markets happen every second Sunday of the month at the Charters Towers Showgrounds, in Mary Street. They are open from 7:30am to 11:30am
SHOPPING IN CAIRNSCairns, besides the markets that operate every week, is loaded with trendy shops and massive shopping centres so everybody will find whatever they need or want. We assure you there won't be anything you miss in Tropical North Queensland.
Remember Thursday shops are usully open till 9.00pm, so you don't have to stop enjoying yourself and do that last minute shopping... Unless you actually enjoy shopping!!!
THE PIER shopping centre is located right on the Marina, near the esplanade lagoon. You will find close to 100 retailers and plenty of bars and cafes as well as an excellent food-court with beautiful views over the marina and mountains. There is an excellent weekend market here too.
CAIRNS CENTRAL is the largest shopping centre in Cairns city, open 7 days a week with over 180 specialty stores, plus Myer, Target, two supermarkets, Cinema and an International Food Court. The centre is supported by an abundance of parking and is serviced 7 days by local bus and taxi connections.
STOCKLAND SHOPPING CENTRE is located along Mulgrave Road, on the southern side of Cairns adjoining the Bruce Highway. It has over 130 specialty shops including department stores, 2 major supermarkets, and a large food court. It's atent minute drive from the city, but there's an hourly bus service connects to the centre.
WESTCOURT PLAZA is on the western side of Cairns, just three kilometres from the city centre. Westcourt has a large number of variety shops, Coles supermarket, department store including K Mart and a food court.
SMITHFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE is located approximately 15 minutes drive north of the Cairns, towards the Northern Beaches. It's a modern complex, and houses a supermarket and a large number of specialty stores, as well as cafes and more.