Council operates regular markets across the city, giving local businesses an opportunity to showcase their wares while providing a recreational activity for residents and visitors alike.

Check out Cairns Markets on Facebook for real time updates, info and photos!

Many of our markets are suspended over the wet season and will "reopen" in April.

The Cairns Esplanade market continues on Saturdays throughout the year and the Cruise Liner markets will continue to be held when a ship is at dock.


You can apply to be a market stallholder by using our online market stall application form. For a printable version of the form, please email Stallholder applications take 10 business days to process.

Cairns Esplanade Markets

Every Saturday, 8am-4pm, by the Lagoon

The Esplanade Markets showcase local, quality products from contemporary jewellery, 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.

Further details are available on the Cairns Esplanade website.

Carnival on Collins

2 September 2016, 9am-3pm, Collins Avenue

Carnival on Collins is a Cairns' Father's Day tradition and a sustainably run community event, held on the last day of Cairns Festival, when over 25,000 people flock to the city's Botanic Gardens precinct for a giant day of family fun.

Featuring loads of free entertainment for people of all ages, it's a slice of life in the tropics, with over 250 market stalls offering local art & craft, produce, plants, food and refreshments.

The event features three entertainment stages, Feast of the Cultures, Eco Zone and Kids Carnival, exhibitions in the Tanks as well as roving entertainers and more.

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

Please note there is no market in September due to Carnival on Collins

Ports North Cruise Liner Markets

Relevant cruise ship sites, 10am-5pm, by the Lagoon

The Ports North Cruise Liner Markets showcase the Cairns region with tourism items and local craft products.

Confirmed dates for 2018 are:

  • January - 8
  • February - 6, 7, 8, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26 and 28
  • March - 1, 9, 18, 20 and 30
  • April - 24
  • May - 3, 7 and 22
  • June - 13 and 19
  • July - 3 and 17
  • August - 14, 21 and 26
  • September - 10, 25 and 26
  • October - 3, 9, 17, 21 and 30
  • November - 13, 30 and 22
  • December - 11, 12 and 17

For all the details, follow the Cairns Markets Facebook page.

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

Please note there is no market in August due to Carnival on Collins.

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Last updated: 15 January 2018

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OUR LOCAL MARKETS We are starting the process of putting together a comprehensive list of regular markets in the Cairns Regional Council area and neighboring regions that will be published on the Cairns Regional Council website for both stall holders and visitors information once we have several markets listings to include. Please email us at with the correct information for any of your regular markets in this format. Market Name: Opening Hours: Location: Brief Description: Organisers Name: Commercially Operated or Not for Profit: Phone: Email: How to apply: Website:
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