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MARKETS

Palm Cove Markets

Palm Cove Markets -First Sunday of the month (unless otherwise specified), April to December, 8am-2pm, Williams Esplanade.  The Palm Cove markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food.  The markets have great family entertainment including free crazy golf and a free jumping castle.

 2018 dates: 1 April / 6 May / 3 June / 1 July / 5 August / 7 October / 4 November / 2 December

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Every week on Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm  Location: Cairns Esplanade, next to the Lagoon

The Esplanade Markets showcase local, quality products from contemporary jewelry, leather work, pottery, clothes and skincare. If you need a gift or souvenir you are sure to find it here. Held against the backdrop of the Cairns waterfront, you can follow your market shopping with a swim in the Lagoon or take advantage of the free barbecues, exercise equipment and children's play grounds.

Rusty’s Market

Rusty’s Market is one of the most successful and well-known markets in Australia and abroad.

Location: Cairns city,  Grafton and Sheridan Streets—Opening Time: Friday — 5am to 6pm Saturday — 5am to 6pm Sunday — 5am to 3pm

From modest beginnings in 1975 of only half-a-dozen stalls, Rusty’s has grown into a bustling three-day event. Renown for its carnival atmosphere and colourful stallholders, Rusty’s boasts over 180 stalls featuring exotic fruit, vegetables, and flowers, sumptuous delicatessens with fresh breads, diary, and seafood, a host of international food and beverage stalls, an abundance of bric-a-brac and specialty products including clothing, jewelry, coffee, and chocolate ... and so much more!

Tanks Markets

Last Sunday of the month, April to November, 9am-2pm, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Showcasing a blend of local art, craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectibles and local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning.  Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live entertainment provided by local musicians.

 2018 dates: 29 April /27 May /24 June (Body, Mind and Soul) / 29 July / 30 September / 28 October / 25 November

The Kuranda Original Markets

Open 7 Days from 9.30 AM to 3.00 PM / Address: Corner of Therwine & Thoree St, Kuranda

The Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets began in 1978 on Honey House land by a group of local people trying to attract visitors to Kuranda. At that time, the village was very small with many “Hippie Artists” and craft people.

Today the Original Markets are predominantly available to artisans and craftspeople. You will find locally designed and produced fashions; hand crafted jewellery; indigenous artists; leather workers; masseurs; woodworkers and gemstone specialists, as well as North Queensland’s best range of honeys; local coffee; cafes; tropical fruits; coconuts and macadamia nuts.


 Port Douglas Markets

Market hours for visitors are from 8am until 1.30pm.  

Each Sunday a market is held in Market Park, which adjoins ANZAC Park, Port Douglas. Bordered by Dickson Inlet and Wharf Street. The location is picturesque with the mountain ranges and Coral Sea in the background. Established almost 25 years ago, Port Douglas Sunday Markets provide locally produced food, fruit and veggies as well as hand crafted goods of every description.  craft, produce, vintage clothing, collectibles and local natural health products and treatments, the markets are a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning. Market stalls line Tanks promenade on Collins Avenue, with live entertainment provided by local musicians.



EVENTS & FESTIVALS 

Port Douglas Carnivale - May

Now in its 24th year, Carnivale celebrates the best of Tropical North Queensland from the bounty of the sea, abundant fresh produce and world class wines, to talented local artists, musicians and performers.  Held in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and attracting tens of thousands of local, interstate and international visitors, Port Douglas Carnivale was originally held to mark the start of the sugar cane harvesting season, but is now considered the official opening of the tourism season. A mecca for lovers of all things food, fun and sun, Carnivale is a must do on anyone’s bucket list.


Cairns Airport Adventure Festival – June  

Set in one of the world's most iconic tropical locations, the 2018 Cairns Airport Adventure Festival will take place from 6-11 June 2018.  The festival features an event for everyone, including; IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns, Quicksilver Reef Swim – Green Island, The Cairns Post Bright Night Run and McDonalds IRONKIDS Cairns!    

The pinnacle event of the festival is ‘Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns’ a gruelling full-distance triathlon that features a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 42.2km run that includes the Cairns Esplanade before finishing in the heart of Cairns.


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair  - Australia’s Premier Indigenous Art Event – July

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is dedicated to supporting the careers of Queensland Indigenous artists of Australia and Torres Strait Islands by providing a platform for exposure and income generation.   The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is an annual event held over three days in July, For 2018 dates are 13-15 July. The annual CIAF program of events continues to create the well-known celebration of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, music, dance, performance and fashion. The three day event that includes an art market, art fair, fashion performance and a dance and music performance program is held at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.

Cairns Festival – August – September  

In 1963 the festival was named 'Fun in the Sun'. The Fun in the Sun name and branding remained in place until the early nineties when it was re-launched as 'Reef Festival' to celebrate the city's gateway access to the Great Barrier Reef and diving industry.   A new chapter began in 2010 when the management and direction of the festival returned in-house to its founding organisation, the Cairns Regional Council. It was at this time the festival was re-branded once more and given its current title – Cairns Festival.    Events include Grand Parade, Free concerts, Carnival on Collins, fireworks etc. http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival


Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival – September

The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is three days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment built around two days of horse racing in Cairns in early September each year.  60 years on, the Cairns Amateurs is now complemented by a host of social activities, some formal and some very informal. The dates for the 2018 Cairns Amateurs are from Thursday the 6th September to Saturday the 8th of September.   http://www.cairnsamateurs.org.au/

The beautiful mild September climate entices large crowds of locals as well as interstate visitors. The dates for the 2018 Cairns Amateurs are from Thursday the 6th September to Saturday the 8th of September.


Reef Feast Palm Cove -  2019 Dates to be confirmed

Celebrating cuisine, fresh produce, live music, relaxed culture and lifestyle of the magnificent tropics. Over 3 days in October Reef Feast is a feast for all senses.  The main Taste of Palm Cove event combines the relaxed lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland, with food from world class restaurants and music to make it a night you will rave about.