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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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Featured Hotels


Cairns Queenslander Hotel and Apartments

Just one block from the Cairns Esplanade Memorial Walk and beach, the Cairns Queenslander offers a range of accommodation including spacious private balcony rooms, standard rooms, and self-catering 2 bedroom apartments. For those travelling on business, the hotel is located close to Cairns Central Business District.

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

Located just minutes from Cairns city centre, this 5-star family-friendly resort is set on 28 acres of grounds that include swimming pools and a playground for the children, award winning tropical gardens and rainforest areas. The resort offers a range of accommodation, from luxury condos that sleep up to eight people, to spa villas, and tropical ensuite cabins. Tour companies collect at the front of the resort.

The Reef House

The Reef House is influenced by colonial style beach houses, with plantation shutters, latticework and lush greenery. It offers a relaxed tropical vibe and sits in the heart of Palm Cove’s beachfront boulevard.

Floriana Guesthouse

Occupying an enviable location on the Cairns Esplanade, Floriana Guest House is a heritage-listed former private mansion from the 1930s. Styled with period furnishings, it offers traditional hospitality along with an insight into Cairns history.

Tropic Days Backpackers Hostel

This is simply the best backpackers hostel in town, offering a choice of singles, doubles and small dorms in a beautifully restored Queenslander. There is also a swimming pool surrounded by hammocks for lazy days. One of the best cheap hotels in Cairns for those on a budget.

Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa

Despite its mouthful of a name, Sea Temple is an elegant apartment-style hotel with direct access to Palm Cove’s palm tree-lined beach. For the ultimate indulgence, book a room with private plunge pool or rooftop spa.