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.


You can apply to be a market stallholder for the Esplanade, Palm Cove and Cruise Liner markets by using our online market stall application form. Please be aware this link takes you to the Cairns Esplanade website. 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

Sunday 6 September 2015, 9am-3pm, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

A Cairns Father's Day tradition, Carnival on Collins is a must-attend event on the Cairns Festival calendar, regularly attracting crowds of 35,000 plus. 

Originating as a plant market, Carnival on Collins has grown to a great day out for the whole family with a wide variety of market stalls - although plants still dominate - live music, roving performers and a dedicated children's area. 

Further details are available on the Tanks Art Centre website.

Holloways Beach Markets

Second Sunday of each month, 8am-1pm, along the foreshore of Casuarina Street 

The Holloways Beach Markets feature local crafts, fresh products, plants, second-hand items, food stalls and much more. These community markets make a great family day in a beautiful spot; you can even stick around and use the free barbecues and patrolled swimming area for the afternoon.

The Holloways Beach Playgroup Markets are managed by the Holloways Beach Playgroup Association Inc. To find out more or to apply for a stall, visit their website at

Palm Cove Night Markets

Council is reviewing the operation of these markets and has sought community input. Dates, times and location for the 2015 markets are yet to be confirmed.

The Palm Cove night markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare and food. 

The markets often include great family activities such as crazy golf, henna tattoos and free entertainment.

Ports North Cruise Liner Markets

Relevant cruise ship sates, 8am-5pm, outside the cruise ship terminal on Wharf Street

The Ports North Cruise Liner Markets showcase the Cairns region with tourism items and local craft products. Cruise season is usually between October and April and the schedule can be found on

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. 

Stall holder applications are now closed and will re-open soon for the 2015 markets. Further details are available on the Tanks Arts Centre website.

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Last updated: 16 April 2015