Cairns Shopping

  • Iconic Fruitbat.
    Iconic Fruitbat.
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  • Pull in for fresh produce
    Pull in for fresh produce
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  • 60's Child owner Jason with the VT flag.
    60's Child owner Jason with the VT flag.
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    Fruitbat Van.: Stop for fresh fruit and vegies.

    by tropicrd Written Oct 29, 2012

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    Iconic Fruitbat.
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    The Fruitbat van is iconic in Cairns,it has been around for many years and a favourite stop to buy fresh fruit and vegies for locals and tourists heading home and on holidays.

    Great local tropical fruit to eat as a snack or stock up for a few days.

    The council has tried many times to shut it down as they consider it to be road side vending,in a way it is but it is also a permanent structure and is very popular a petition for it to remain open and on this site was successful, I could say it is a bit of a tourist attraction.

    Anyway! if you come to Cairns and want fresh fruit and other produce then please stop along the Cook Highway heading north bound.It is on the left hand side where the Savannah Way information map is and there is plenty of parking for all types of vehicles.

    What to buy: Fresh local fruit and other produce including local honey.

    What to pay: Anywhere from $1 per kilo and upwards.

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    60's child.: Back to the 60's

    by tropicrd Written Mar 31, 2012

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    60's Child shop in Cairns.
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    If you want to purchase anything from the 6o's then look no further..

    Jason the owner will welcome you to his popular shop which not only sells womens clothes but mens too..if you want any hippie memorabilia he has got a lot of that.
    It is only a small shop but you can spend ages in here looking at everything.

    What to buy: Alternative Clothing and gifts from the 6o's.

    What to pay: Anything from $10,$20 upwards.
    Often has a sale which is worth looking at.

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    Neil's Organics: Organic through and through

    by tropicrd Written Nov 11, 2011

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    Number *1 organic shop
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    Neil's Organics is the only 'all organic food' shop in Cairns..Neil opened his shop in 2002 after having a market stall at Rusty's Markets in Cairns.
    In 1988 Neil and his wife Norma bought a farm in Mareeba as a lifestyle choice,they grew their own vegetables and fruit with no chemicals used..they even picked,packed and marketed their products.Organic farming became a milestone for them in 5 years.. after increasing natural minerals to the soil and decreasing chemical fertiliser each year Neil has succeeded and is now helping lots of people have a choice in what they put in their body.
    The shop itself has aisles of the most interesting food and other organic products.

    What to buy: I love the way Neil has embraced what it is like to live free of chemicals on his farm and how he has successfully established his organic business as the owner grower of his shop.
    The honey is fabulous but I loved the organic veges and fruits.

    You can spend ages in this shop just looking at and reading about the organic fresh produce and products.

    What to pay: A little more expensive than supermarket prices but worth it.
    Example...sugar bananas $4.50 kl

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    ZeeK Fashion: Get dressed with a difference

    by tropicrd Written Oct 14, 2011

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    Great fashion
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    ZeeK fashion is one of a kind in Cairns..it is independant and stocks different styles and brands that suit all age groups and sizes.
    Diana Tangey is the owner and she will make you very welcome, nothing is to much trouble for her,if she hasn't got what you like she will go out of her way to order it in for you.
    ZeeK also sells shoes,bags,hats and accessories so you can get a new matching outfit all at the same time.I love this shop because I can always find something that fits and suits me at an affordable price.I like dressing differently to other people so this is the place I go.
    The shop is in the Raintrees Shopping Centre which is in the suburb of Manunda approx 5 klms from the CBD or a 10 minute drive.The public Sunbus stops at the Centre.

    What to buy: I simply love the unique collection of tops,dresses,pant,and evening wear.The fabrics,designs and colours are georgeous
    It is very hard to walk out of the shop empty handed...the shoes,bags,hats and accessories are great.If anyone wants a new outfit to wear to the Spring Racing Carnival including all the Melbourne cup lunches---or looking for something special for any occasion then look no further,this shop has some beautiful fashion wear.

    What to pay: From $20 up to $400 (evening wear) but the medium price for a beautifully designed dress is under $100,tops approx $50.
    The shop has great bargains too.

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    Aboriginal story art: Local Indigineous art

    by tropicrd Updated Oct 10, 2011

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    Roslyn and her very special art
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    Roslyn Serico is a sixth generation (incarcerated) Aboriginal in her late fifties--she was born in the time her whole family were still under the control of exclusioned Government policies--1897 until 1967.
    Roslyn was born and raised on a mission in South East QLD.
    She was educated and went to university in order to help educate mainstream Australians and her own people that art practice is an Indigineous learning style that provides healing for many Indigineous people. She wants to ensure that Indigineous people can be moving forward with the rest of society and believes it will take the lap-top generation learning style--through symbolic processess of communication,that it is vital for dismantling what she sees as the passive welfare paradigm in Aboriginal Communities.
    Her art work takes a long time to complete because each one is a complex and moving story.
    Her work has been shown in the Boomerang Gallerie in Amsterdam (owned by Peter Maddon)and has had exhibitions in Switzerland and Paris.She has sold her work to Pavarotie's wife,Mick Jagger and her art work called 'Fire' is hanging in a diplomats office in Hong Kong.
    I am priviliged to know her as a wonderful artist and a friend.

    What to buy: Each art work is special and tells a story.
    She likes to work on medium to large canvases to enable her story to unfold.

    What to pay: Anywhere from $200 to $3000

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    Coast Roast Coffee: Local art for sale in the Coffee shop

    by tropicrd Written Oct 2, 2011

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    A bargain at $200
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    Coast Roast Coffee shop has art displays on the walls of the coffee shop by local artists.
    The art work is stunning and mostly depicts local flora,fauna and the reef around Cairns,although some are from the Northern Territory.
    I enjoy looking at them while I have a coffee and most of them are reasonably priced.

    What to buy: Paintings from local Cairns artists,they are all original and unique.

    What to pay: From $150----

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    Oceana Walk Leather: - for anything that WAS alive.

    by sirgaw Updated Sep 30, 2011

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    It's great to be able to walk into a leather shop and REALLY get that smell of leather – there’s nothing like it.

    We were intrigued by all the skins of dead “things” displayed in the front windows and just had to wander in and then that aroma hit us. There were crocodile skins on display and we wondered just how bit those monsters grow judging on the size of the skins and also the crocodile heads displayed for sale. But that’s not all; they also had skins of sharks, sting rays, kangaroos, various types of snakes, birds and even feral pigs showing off their vicious looking tusks. (Feral pigs are sometimes known as ‘Captain Cookers’ as James Cook may have accidently introduced them to FNQ)

    Very friendly and helpful proprietor and although we only purchased a very small item, he was more than glad to give us his time. When we had left I jokingly wondered if the proprietor stopped for road kill roos etc for fresh stock for his shop.

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    Elizabeth Shepherd Fashions: Fashion For You

    by wise23girl Updated Sep 23, 2011

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    For the Races
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    Well I only wandered in to this little place by chance and said to the lady who it turned out was the owner, Elizabeth, that I really had plenty of clothes unless I found something I could not live without... well of course I did find some designer tops ...the sort I love...some great jeans, and a stunning white short coat. Oh I never know the labels but I can assure you that you would love these clothes too.

    My favourite boutique at home has been closed now since 2009 and now I find one equally delightful ...but it is in Cairns,,,,so I just had to take something home did I not?

    Hey we went back and I shopped some more....Dec 2010.

    And I am so happy with my choices.

    What to buy: Well there are dresses, new season tops, pants, jackets...many, if not all, specially imported from Germany. So do go see won't you.

    What to pay: Upmarket prices but the clothes are beautiful imports from Germany

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  • CAIRNS CENTRAL: BOOMERANG TO BIKINI

    by Anne12 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a large shopping complex that has something like 86 shops to explore.
    You can do clothes shopping or eat at some of the cafe's, shoes, perfume and a couple of Supermarkets thrown in!
    There is also a large Target store and Myer store.

    This is fully airconditioned and is open 7 days a week. Late night shopping is on Thursday.

    There is also a Food Hall, Macca's to Healthy stuff!!

    So if you need some extra retail therapy head here.

    This complex is in the city area.
    It is west of the Esplanade. You can walk to this from most areas of Cairns inner city.
    There is also a Taxi rank outside the main entrance.
    Also a bus stop outside this complex. So where ever you are staying you can make it for a therapy session.

    What to buy: Anything your heart desires!!

    What to pay: There are many sales on at any time of the year.

    You will be able to find a bargain or two.

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    Cairns Central: The Typical Mall

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This huge shopping mall occupies a whole block between McLeod and Bunda Streets. You can find all kinds of shops here aswell as supermarkets, travel agencies, a post office and even the train station here!

    What to buy: Anything

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    Rusty's Market: Stock up on Fruit and Vege...

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I arrived into Cairns on a Saturday afternoon and while looking for my accommodation for the evening, I ran across this nice little Fruit and Vege market called Rusty's, which is located just next to Gilligan's hostel.

    I was impressed with this little market, which gets most of its produce from the local Atherton Tablelands. It had many varieties of international fruit, and most of them I had never even heard of!

    It is only open on Friday and Saturdays, so make sure you stock up when you can!!

    What to buy: Fruits and Vege!!!

    What to pay: $1 a kilo and higher

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    Tjapukai: Aborigine- made Boomerangs

    by Gypsygirl05 Written Jan 10, 2011

    If you're looking for boomerangs that truly work and were painted by Aborigines, don't bother looking downtown. I looked for a couple hours and couldn't find any (most were the decorational, made-in-China type). I decided to stop at Tjapukai, the cultural center about 10 minutes out of town, and was a lot more pleased with the quality and variety of goods. The boomerangs I found were flyable, and they had a huge selection of didgeridoos, emu callers, and the like. There is also a booth at Kuranda's market that sells boomerangs from Tjapukai, if you make it up there.

    What to pay: Boomerangs run about $20

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    Cairns Esplanade Artists' Market: Unique local souvenirs

    by Gypsygirl05 Updated Jan 10, 2011

    The overwhelming majority of souvenir shops in Cairns are filled with the same, poor-quality souvenirs that were all made in China. If you are looking for something better to take home for yourself or loved ones, check out the Cairns Esplanade Market, which is open every Saturday. Local artists bring their wares for sale, ranging from jewelry to clocks made from beer bottles to leather and more. The market is located near the public pool on the Esplanade.

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    Cairns Central Shops

    by aussirose Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    Cairns Central Shops


    Of course if you are into serious shopping, then Cairns Central Shops are for you!

    Located near the Railway Station, Cairns Central Shops has everything from big department stores to discount shops, electrical, fashion, services and much more.

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    Cairns Night Markets

    by aussirose Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    1+1 at night markets Cairns



    .....and more shopping!!

    Cairns Night Markets are open every night from 5pm onwards. We strolled through them looking for a cheap feed. I had to shut my eyes as I already spent beyond the budget ;o)

    No problem there.... Zig was leading the way...and I was not allowed to stop for a browse... Zig was on a food mission!! :o)

    Hive of activity though and a fun place to start your night adventure in Cairns.

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