Rusty's Farmers Market

Central City of Cairns

Rusty's Markets a popular eclectic Cairns icon that is frequented every Friday, Saturday and Sunday by locals and tourists in search of the freshest locally grown and harvested seasonal produce. The fresh fruit and vegetables are grown regionally and sold by the farmers themselves. You will find indigenous food that you can buy from Aboriginal stall holders and strange fruits and vegetables from the Torres Strait Island stall holders. The mix of nationalities here is wonderful! Chinese, Indian, Australian, Italian, Papua New Guinean and many more!

Rusty's Markets Cairns is more than simply a farmers market; it is a popular tourist attraction and a meeting place for people from all walks of life. The fresh produce is typical of Tropical North Queensland, fresh and exotic, and the atmosphere is reminiscent of a carnival. The stall holders are colourful and quick with a smile, and the music hardly ever stops with regular performances by local musicians.

Rusty's Farmers Market

At Rusty's you can purchase beautiful oils, cheeses, nuts, handmade Italian pastas and sauces, locally caught seafood, wood oven breads, Indian foods, Thai foods, vegetarian baked goods, organic foods freshly baked or grown, jewellery, clothing and lots more. It's a fun day out and a lot cheaper and fresher than the supermarkets!

Rusty's Markets is truly an iconic Cairns establishment with humble beginnings more than 30 years ago with only six stalls. Named after founding father Emrys "Rusty" Rees who developed the site in the 1970's, Rusty's Markets has grown to one of the most well known farmers markets in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland that now operates over 180 stalls. There is more to Rusty's Markets than fruit and vegetables - exotic flowers, fresh coffee, home made biscuits and cakes, herbs and spices and unique bric-a-brac are some of the other items on offer at Rusty's Market Cairns. The merchandise at Rusty's Markets Cairns is often unique and one-of-a-kind. There are second hand merchants that sell a variety of clothing, books and home wares. Local handmade jewellery is also in abundance at Rusty's Markets Cairns.

Organic foods and body products, hand made soaps, chocolate treats and hand rolled pastas are some of the other products available at Rusty's Markets. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee, indulge in a relaxing therapeutic massage or discover your future at the mystical tarot reader. The atmosphere at Rusty's Markets Cairns is lively and cheerful and the marketplace is one of the rare public domains that still exists where an eclectic range of people mix and mingle, a cultural clash that is vibrant and dynamic. Tourists enjoy the personal interaction with locals, and locals are treated to cultural influences from around the globe. Rusty's Markets Cairns has withstood the test of time and remains today an integral part of Cairns culture.

On your holiday in Cairns make sure you pop in to Rusty's' Market at least once, maybe just to get some cheeses and dips to accompany those sundowner drinks on your balcony overlooking the Great Barrier Reef.

Whether it's the fresh fruit and vegetables, the unique merchandise or the friendly carnival atmosphere that is the lure, Rusty's Markets Cairns is sure to delight!


Rusty's Markets are located in the centre of the City of Cairns on Sheridan Street. Parking is available on Grafton and Sheridan Street.

Opening Hours

Friday 5:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday 6:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday 6:00 am to 2:00 pm