Shopping in Cairns

There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Cairns, with good value souvenirs and tourist tat available alongside authentic Australian crafts.


Cairns has an excellent range of markets. The most famous are the Night Markets on The Esplanade, open every evening, which sell local arts and crafts, Chinese massages, fish foot spas and a wide selection of food. The nearby Esplanade Markets, located near the lagoon, offer jewellery and trinkets every Saturday. Rusty's Market sells locally grown produce and exotic fruits each Friday to Sunday behind Gilligan's Backpackers, between Sheridan and Grafton Streets. The Tanks Market Day, on the last Sunday of the month from April to November, at the Tanks Art Centre in Edge Hill, features local cultural and natural health products.

Shopping centres

Cairns Central Shopping Centre, on the corner of McLeod and Spence Streets, has an extensive range of shops from department stores to small speciality boutiques. On the seafront, The Pier Cairns on Pierpoint Road has a tourist-friendly selection of speciality shops and art galleries.

Aussie Bush Hats and Oilskins is a successful local business that sells authentic Australian bush wear made from traditional high-quality materials across the road from The Reef Hotel Casino as part of the Hilton Hotel Retail precinct.

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