Rusty's Markets Tours
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One of the best ways to get to know locals while traveling is by visiting a farmers’ market, and in Cairns, Rusty’s Markets happens to be one of the best in the country. What started in 1975 as a sparse handful of stalls has since ballooned into a long-running and beloved weekend marketplace. Every Friday through Sunday, more than 180 vendors gather a delectable array of exotic fruits, flowers and vegetables, not to mention cooked food stalls, seafood vendors, fresh baked bread and much more.
Whether you’re looking to stock up on fresh produce for your vacation, or you’d simply like to browse, the wares on offer are indicative of the down under melting pot of Northern Queensland, with indigenous foods from Australian Aborigines alongside unique produce from the Torres Strait Islands, and a mix of cultures from China, India, Papua New Guinea and beyond.
Rusty’s Markets is open every Friday and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll find the market under Gilligan’s Backpacker Hotel and Resort, just three blocks in from the Esplanade between Grafton and Sheridan streets.
Address: 57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Hours: Open every Friday and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Rusty's Markets
If you're food obsessed, and like history too, you will love the Rusty's Market Food Lover's tour. We will sample foods (fresh and cooked), learn about the history of Rusty's, understand what makes tropical food unique, and get the insider's scoop on the best foods at Rusty's. Seven tastings of drinks as well as fresh and cooked foods are included. The tour includes exploring the history of how Rusty's Market got started, from being in old Chinatown and hippies. The guide will also provide pointers to the best gourmet foods available in the markets and also the seasonal fruits.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Rusty's Markets hours of operation?
Rusty's Markets hours of operation: Open every Friday and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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