It’s market day! Where are you off to? There are plenty of markets happening all around Cairns showcasing all sorts of goodies, from local produce to handmade crafts and everything in between.
Port Douglas Markets
Anzac Park, Macrossan St, Port Douglas
Every Sunday, 8.00am – 2.00pm
Take a drive up the coast and check out the weekly market happening at Port Douglas. Stalls showcase local produce, treats, artwork, crafts, clothing and much more. There are plenty of food stalls too.
Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Wharf St, Port Douglas
Every Wednesday, 11.00am – 5.00pm
This market overlooks the beautiful Dickson Inlet and often hosts live music. Browse the unique stalls and who knows what you’ll discover as you watch the local reef tours arrive and depart.
Under the raintrees, Foxton Avenue, Mossman
Every Saturday, 7.00am – noon
Pay a visit to this gorgeous little town, where the markets are situated underneath the canopy of gorgeous towering raintrees. Browse local organic produce and handcrafted items, and there is an all abilities playground opposite the markets.
Palm Cove Markets
Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
First Sunday of the month, 8.00am – 2.00pm
Browse local quality handmade products including jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, wellness stalls, food and much more. The road Williams Esplanade is partially closed off for the markets.
Holloways Beach Markets
Second Sunday of the month, 8.00am – 1.00pm
Take a stroll right by the ocean shore and discover local crafts, produce, homewares, plants, treats and delicious foods. You can park at the northern end and stroll south, so you can pick up lunch from one of the stalls along the way and end at the playground.
Gamburra Drive, Redlynch Valley
First Sunday of the month, 8.00am – 12.30pm
Head on down and discover a variety of local produce, clothing, plants and much more. Pick up a delicious bacon and egg breakfast along with a coffee on your morning stroll.
Cairns Esplanade Markets
The Esplanade, Cairns
Saturdays, 8.00am – 4.00pm
Browse locally produced jewellery, arts, woodcraft, skin care products, clothing and much more in the middle of Cairns. While you’re there, why not take a dip in the adjacent Lagoon or get a henna tattoo?
Cairns Night Markets
71-75 The Esplanade, Cairns
Seven days a week, 4.30pm – 11.00pm
The Cairns Night Markets is a must-see. It’s a perfect spot to visit after dinner as it’s open late, or you can go and have dinner there at one of the various food locations. There are over 70 stalls offering souvenirs, clothing, arts, crafts, homewares, skincare products, jewellery and much more. You can even go for a massage or manicure.
57-89 Grafton St, Cairns
Friday 5.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 5.00am – 6.00-m, Sunday 5.00am – 3.00pm
Rusty’s Markets is iconically Cairns. It began around 30 years ago and is now one of the best known markets in the Far North with over 180 stalls selling locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as other foods such as honey and bread. There are also stalls selling crafts, toys and more.
46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill
Last Sunday of every month, 9.00am – 2.00pm
Visit a market that is situated in the middle of the rainforest and discover local produce stalls as well as clothing, collectables, craft, natural health products and yummy foods. There is often live entertainment as well as a jumping castle for the kids.
Cannon Park Car Park, 585 Mulgrave Rd, Woree
Third Sunday of every month, 8.00am – 1.00pm
Browse a range of goods at marquees and car boots ranging from local produce to furniture, bric-a-brac and everything in between. If you’re hungry, head on over to the sausage sizzle for a snack.
Gordonvale Cottage Markets
Norman Park, Gordonvale
First Saturday of the month, 8.00am – 12.00pm
Discover handmade goods, fresh local produce, delicious treats, toys and flowers. You’ll find a great variety of local talent and vibes, with plenty on of goods on offer.
Mount Sheridan Plaza Community Markets
Mount Sheridan Plaza, 106 Barnard Dr, Mt Sheridan
Second Sunday of the month, 9.00am – 3.00pm
Peruse the stalls and find a range of quality handmade artworks, plants, pottery, clothing, books, bags, toys, beauty products and much more. Why not head into Mount Sheridan Plaza and browse the shops there too?
Kuranda Heritage Markets
Therwine St, Kuranda
Seven days, 9.00am – 3.00pm
You’ll find all sorts of quirky goods at the Kuranda Heritage Markets, from artwork to toys and goods made out of kangaroo pelts. Kuranda is famous for its markets, and upon visiting, you’ll quickly notice why. The market is also home to the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Kuranda as well as a historic plane wreck. There’s plenty to see, and you can easily spend several hours there just seeing it all.
Original Kuranda Rainforest Markets
Therwine St, Kuranda
Seven days, 9.00am – 3.00pm
Across the road from the Heritage Markets behind the shops, you’ll find the Original Kuranda Rainforest Markets. Follow the paths that wind through the rainforest and discover handmade crafts, treats, artwork and most of all, great local vibes.
Malanda Showgrounds, Malanda
Third Saturday of the month, 7.30am – 12.30pm
Browse over 120 stalls selling fruits and veggies, homemade cakes and jams, books, arts and crafts, clothing and tools. There are refreshments available as well as amusements for kids.
Platypus Park, Herberton Rd, Atherton
First Saturday of the month, from 7.00am
A smaller market selling fresh fruits and veggies, plants and arts and crafts.
Centenary Park, Mareeba
Second and fifth Saturday, 7.30am – 12.30pm
A country fair where you can look at amazing homewares and purchase fresh fruit and veggies. There are plenty of stalls to explore and it’s a delight for bargain hunters.
Main St, Yungaburra
Fourth Saturday of the month, 7.30am – 12.30pm
Discover local produce, arts and crafts, homewares, jewellery, delicious food stalls and even live chickens – Yungaburra is a typical Tablelands markets, where many locals come to catch up with friends.
Railway Station, Grigg St, Ravenshoe
Fourth Sunday of the month, 8.00am – 12.00pm
Featuring 30-40 stalls that sell cheap from-the-farmer fruit and veggies.
Wondecla Showgrounds, Herberton
Third Sunday of the month, 7.30am – 12.00pm
Featuring approximately 40 stalls with fruits, vegetables, homemade items, cakes, jams, leatherwork, plants and much more to discover.
Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland / Andrew Watson.