Cairns day Markets - Rusty Markets is opened from Friday to Sunday. It has everything from gifts to fresh fruit & flowers. I bought some nice costume jewlrey under $10.
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Night Owl: ALL NIGHTER
The Night Owl is open 24/7 and there are a number of these, including one in the city centre.
They have a small array of groceries, fruit, drinks, chocolate, phone cards, ATM's and pretty well anything you need at the last minute. They also have snacks for when you have been out and about and need some more fuel to keep going:) Just ask all the backapackers that you see here ordering the little pizza's at 1am in the morning:)
Cairns Night Markets
The Cairns Night Markets is/are located right on the Esplanade. I am not sure what time it opens (I believe around 4 PM), but it definitely closes at 11 PM at night. It is very similar to a swap meet but everything being sold is new. The shops in the Night Markets cater to tourists, selling all kinds of souvenirs, from t-shirts and magnets, to boomerangs and digeridoos. There are a few other unique stalls, such as a stall where they have 10 minute massages, and one selling Bush gear like Akkubra hats and Drizabone coats. The stall there where I purchased the most items was the "Gift from Australia" stall. I recognized them since I saw one of their stores at the Queen St. Mall in Brisbane. There is also a food court at one end of the Nigh Markets.
What to buy: What to buy? Cairns souvenirs...
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Night Markets: Typical Tourist Shopping
The Night Markets are located at the Esplanade and as the name suggests they open quite late at 5pm and close at midnight every night.
What to buy: If you're looking for souvenirs from Oz, this is one of the places to shop. You'll find all kinds of beach clothing, püsch koalas and kangaroos and so on.
Besisdes you can also get a Chinese massage and sample some yummy Asian food.
What to pay: My impression was that most items were less expensive than average.
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Photo galleries: ... fantastic photos ....
Strolling around Cairns and Kuranda we ‘discovered’ three galleries from three different photographers. And it was really amazing to see their beautiful photographic images of the natural landscapes in Australia. They were so fascinating and superb !!
Even if you are not interested in buying something it is interesting just to browse in one of these galleries and to enjoy the beauty of these pics (and the diverse Australian scenery).
Just stroll around and you will find the galleries:
Peter Lik Gallery
4 Shields Street, Cairns
Ric J. Steininger Gallery
63 Abbott Street, Cairns
Peter Jarver Gallery
Coondoo Street, Kuranda
What to buy: You can buy every picture you can imagine: small, big, huge, framed, postcard, calendar or book. We decided to buy Peter Lik’s book about the ‘Great Barrier Reef’ with pictures I never could make by myself.
What to pay: From a couple of dollars to ......
Jungara Gallery: … carved boab nut …
Having holiday in Australia for the first time, we felt we had to bring home an original Australian ‘souvenir’. Being attracted by the Aboriginal art we visited a couple of galleries. In Cairns we found Jungara Gallery, a little bit hidden behind all the restaurants along The Esplanade.
What to buy: Jungara Gallery, from a Dutch owner Peter von Brunschot, offers the full range of Aboriginal art, like paintings, didgeridoos, pottery, boomerangs, baskets and much more.
As we had still to fly a lot, we decided to buy a carved boab nut, with very fine incisions. Very light and not too fragile to transport back to home.
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Peter Lik Gallery: Postcards
The Peter Lik Gallery has some of this famed photographer's works on display/for sale. You can walk through the whole place in 10 minutes and admire all the beautiful photos he has taken. If I had the dough, I probably would have walked out with some of his pieces!
What to buy: I would definitely buy his postcards. They also sell his postcards in other stores, but I would definitely swing by his gallery just to see his work - buying the postcards would just be icing on the cake.
What to pay: The postcards I purchased there were $1 AUD each.
Cairns Central Shopping Mall: The usual mall thing in Cairns
Situated just passed Shields Street, folks craving for retail therapy can have this location to go to for cure. Hundreds of speciality stores offers locals and visitors and large selection of goods and services. Souvenirs and gift shops can be found throughout the complex. Live Entertainment can sometimes be found, especially during the school vacation periods. National and International brands can be found at Myers & Target, the national chains of department stores.
A cinema complex is next to the food court on the upstairs level if you want to catch a quick movie. The food court offers a wide selection of meals, restaurants, snacks and fast food. The design of the food court is very interesting with trees and ponds throughout to highlight the tropical climate of Cairns.
There is plenty of undercover and off street parking as well.
What to buy: The usual mall stuff.
What to pay: Depends on what you're buying. No bargaining though.
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The Market: The Central Market
This is a large market where vegetables and other produce is sold. There is a limited amount of other merchandise, but the focus is really on the produce. You need to walk a few blocks away from the wharf and more touristy areas to access the market, but it might be worth it if you are preparing your own food like we were.
What to buy: I bought mud bugs here, as well as a few other things. Its all farm fresh, from eggs to spinach to "capsicum", the Australian term for green peppers.
What to pay: Less than in a grocery store.
Port Douglas Market
From Cairns, a visit to Port Douglas is a 'must'. Go on Sunday and you'll find a casual market under the palm trees. Most customers are locals but tourists also shop here.
What to buy: Casual clothing, sun-hats, souvenirs, arts & crafts, home-made preserves & cakes.
What to buy: there are lots of shops in Cairns selling Drizabone coats, jackets, hats etc
the Drizabones are manufactured in Queensland and prices here were much lower than we had seen in Sydney or the Blue Mountains
we had bought Drizabone riding coats in Katoomba simply because it was so wet there, and we loved them, they were so cosy and dry, but they were 50AUD cheaper in Cairns
you can even buy Drizabone coats for dogs !
What to pay: our coats were a really great bargain even at the higher price we paid, in the UK we would have had to pay 175 GBP instead of 175 AUD
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THE NIGHT MARKET: ALL UNDER ONE ROOF
There are plenty of stalls here, and we thought that Cairns was cheapest for souveniers out of all the places we visited
some of the stalls sell incredibly tacky stuff, but among them are some great craft stalls with unique things
What to buy: if you dont want to buy anything then you can get a massage, neck, arms and back cost A$20 and lasted 30 minutes, camcorderman said it was one of the best hes ever had
Night Markets: Night Markets
The Night Markets are open daily from 5-11 PM. Here, you can find souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, and work by local artists. This is a good place to walk around and browse - you might find a good deal on something you are looking for.
Pier Marketplace: Pier Marketplace
The Pier Marketplace, located where else but the pier, has plenty of shops and restaurants. You can find pretty much whatever you need here. I got a good deal on an Akubra hat at the hat store.
This is also a place to book tours. On the lower level, there are tour companies with counters set up to book anything from reef tours to skydiving.
Done Art and Design, Cairns: The Art of Ken Done
The Done Art and Design shop is in what appears to be an old post office building across from the Casino. The interior is bright and modern and filled with Ken Done designed clothes and gifts. Kaoru loved it.
What to pay: AUD$20 for T-shirts, AUD$30-$40 for women's blouses, AUD$50 for neckties, etc.
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