Rusty’s Markets

  • September 22, 2018
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  • Author: N&J Maguire

Rusty’s Market is one of the most successful and well-known markets in Australia and abroad.


From modest beginnings in 1975 of only half-a-dozen stalls, Rusty’s has grown into a bustling three-day event. Experience the carnival atmosphere and colourful stallholders, Rusty’s boasts over 180 stalls featuring exotic fruit, vegetables, and flowers, sumptuous delicatessens with fresh breads, diary, and seafood, a host of international food and beverage stalls, an abundance of bric-a-brac and specialty products including clothing, jewellery, coffee, and chocolate … and so much more!


Rusty’s is named after the late Emrys ‘Rusty’ Rees, who developed and expanded his vision into the thriving market it is today. Rusty’s new owners, Gilligan’s Backpacker Hotel & Resort, have faithfully taken up that vision, and Rusty’s continues to offer its weekly delights to locals and tourists alike.


Today, Rusty’s Market is an established Cairns tourist icon, and certainly worth a visit. Drop in any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. They are in the CBD between Grafton and Sheridan Streets—just ask any local. Open Friday – 5am to – 6pm, Saturday- 5am – 6pm, Sunday- 5am to 3 pm.

Contact Details

Address 57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4040 2705
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