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Do you love markets?

Are you a bargain shopper?

Then Cairns Markets is the place for all your bargain shopping.

So many markets, so much to buy…..

We have early morning, all day and night markets, so don't worry about missing one because you'll find others.

When you wander around some of the Cairns Markets, don't be surprised to find children with butterflies, tigers or many other species of animals painted on their faces or lining up waiting to have them done.

It's really popular and some of the artists are really good.

You'll also find the children mesmerized by the clowns and other peculiar things that kids love.

Flowers at Rustys Market, Cairns
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Rusty's Market

Arguably the most famous of the Cairns Markets is Rusty's.

It started over 30 years ago by a man named "Rusty" Rees. It began with only 6 stalls, but today you'll see over 180 stalls and it's still growing.

Rusty's Market opens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

The owners are now the same owners of Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel and Resort which is right next door.

The majority of the stalls at Rusty's are fruit and veggies and what a colorful display they have! You'll also find some wonderful local harvest produce at the stalls.

You'll even find wonderful organic food stores that offer the most deliciously tasting fresh fruit and vegies you could ask for.

The locals frequent these markets to buy their weekly supplies of fresh fruit and veggies.

You can buy fresh coffee beans or grab a cappuccino and rest a while.

Many of the restaurants buy here as well.

Other stalls at Rusty's Market are freshly picked exotic flowers, locally grown plants including a stand that just has orchids…wow some of these are gorgeous!

produce at Rustys market
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Take in a foot or head massage, buy some clothes or grab a secondhand book to read in your spare time.

Rusty's has seafood stalls, there's hand-made pasta, delicatessens, tropical wines, jewellery, fossil rocks, gem stones & shells, organic skin & personal care products, hand-made soap, leather wear, medicinal herbs & spices, second hand goods including tools & much more.

Walking past all the freshly made food makes you mouth water so you just have to stop and have a bite to eat.

The problem is, what do you choose?

When you've decided, you can sit and listen to the entertainers and buskers around the food caravans.


Night Markets

Cairns markets wouldn't be complete if we didn't have the Cairns Night Market.

These are another icon that have been running for 20 years.

It started off as only a temporary venture by a couple who thought they'd only run them for 6 months.

How wrong they were!

Cairns night markets
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Today the Night Markets are housed in permanent, air conditioned facilities with around 70 stalls and 13 food outlets with seating for around 200 people.

It's overlooking the Cairns Lagoon and above the Royal Harbour Hotel right on The Esplanade.

They open at 5pm every day till late and you'll find all sorts of jewellery, clothing, personal haircare and skin products, crocodile skins and other Australian wares.

You can also grab a full body massage or if you're feeling a bit stiff from all the sightseeing and swimming you've done.

The Cairns Night Market is such a popular place for visitors and locals alike and it's where many congregate for something to eat after a day of tours.

Many locals also go to there to get a quick massage on their way home from work.


The Esplanade Markets

Cairns Esplanade Markets
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Right next to the Cairns Lagoon are the Esplanade markets, held every Saturday between 8am-5pm.

They're vibrant in color and sell a huge array of art and craft type things.

And, after you've browsed the market stalls, take a cool dip in the lagoon or head over the road for a coffee or a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and coffee shops.


Tanks Art Centre Market Day

These Cairns markets here are held on the last Sunday of each month between April and November from 9am until 2pm.

You can pick up a bargain or 2 of local art, craft, produce, plants, vintage clothing, natural health products and treatments and so much more.

It's a real fun day for the whole family with local entertainment, workshops and performances.

The venue is so unique.

Housed in and around three converted world war 2 Naval oil storage tanks.

The centre is a multi use, iconic and innovative arts facility. 


Gordonvale Markets

These open air markets are held in the Gordonvale park every 1st Saturday of the month except January, weather permitting, between 0730-1200 hours.

It's a cottage market that stands by the motto of make-it, bake-it, grow-it, with no second hand goods.

I like this one as it's not so crowded, but has plenty of stalls to browse around.

You'll find lots of things for your house and garden and some homemade treats.


Smithfield Community Markets

I was living out at the beaches when they began in 1998 from the carpark of the Smithfield Shopping Centre.

As they grew, they ventured inside to the more comfortable air conditioned Centre.

Held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month between 9am and 3pm.

You'll find woodwork, plants, homemade food, arts and crafts and so much more. 


Other markets that are really popular around the district are:

Kuranda Markets

Port Douglas Markets

Mission Beach Monster Markets

Yungaburra Markets


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