As a region we are market enthusiasts, and always on the lookout for the next best find and excuse for a roady. To make things a little easier, we've compiled the Tropic Now guide series to breakdown the who, when, where of some of the region's most popular markets.
So grab your reusable shopping bags and join us on a journey to explore the region's bustling market scene. Read on for some of our go-to's on the Tablelands. And if you're looking to stray further afield, stay tuned for our guides to markets down South and up North, and in the meantime, there're plenty in Cairns.
Third Saturday of the month // Malanda Showgrounds
A popular go-to for locals and travellers, these markets offer a range of locally grown produce, handmade crafts, and tasty food stalls. As a small community affair, there's a certain charm in the air.
Third Saturday of the month, Mar to Dec // Centenary Park
The new guys on the block and only in its second year, 100 Park offers up a carefully selected collection of 150 stalls. These stalls feature local designers, makers, artisans, producers, and sustainable slow fashion, as well as food and drink options.
Fourth Saturday of the month // Bruce Jones Park
A quaint little town, Yungaburra markets have been running for over 40 years, and continue to draw a regular crowd. With a diverse range of handmade arts and crafts, locally grown produce, food options, and live entertainment, it's a great way to experience the charm and creativity of the region.
Second and fifth Saturday of the month // Centenary Park
Taking a more traditional approach, this market is a no fuss go-to for goods made, baked, and grown there. Chances are, you'll catch some live entertainment, and find a reason to come back for more.
Wed to Sun // 7-11 Therwin Street
A popular tourist attraction in the heart of Kuranda Village, the markets offer a unique shopping experience in the midst of the lush tropical rainforest. There are over 100 stalls selling souvenirs, clothing, jewellery, and artworks, plus live music and cultural performances. It's worth a visit, especially to those new to the Far North.
Wed to Sun // Rob Veivers Drive
Neighbours to the rainforest markets, they're making it easy for you to make a day of it. Aside from shopping and local treats, the marlets also offer a range of activities and entertainment, such as live music performances, dance shows, and cultural demonstrations. Visitors can also take part in a range of guided tours and walks, exploring the surrounding rainforest and learning about the history and culture of the area.
First Saturday of the month, Mar to Dec // Koah Hall, 322 Koah Road
Known for their local produce, handmade crafts, and artisanal goods, the Koah markets are perfect for those looking to stock up on stock up and support local producers. Along with all things fresh, you'll likely find yourself stocking up on baked goods, homemade jams, and sauces. They also frequently feature live music and entertainment by local acts, as well as activities and workshops for the little ones.