Rusty's Market
Rusty's Market
4.5
Friday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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  • Daylight T
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early!
    Get to the market early. While the stall holders are still setting up. See the care they use to lay out every single item of produce. Local fruit, local vegetables. Larger sized than what you find in supermarkets. Price competitive - yes! When you compare freshness, size and quality. Take cash. Very happy with my early morning adventure.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Moonrock1962
    Devonport, Australia1,106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loads of fresh fruit and vegetables and a few other things
    Majority of this market is fruit and vegetables. Great range including a good representation of organic produce. If you are staying in Cairns and self catering a visit to Rusty’s is worthwhile. Also a few jewellery and Pearl stalls. Very good range and the prices are good too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Cheryll T
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun with friends
    Stayed in an apartment on Wharf Street with 2 other couples. We went to Kuranda via train and come back on the sky rail, you really need to book if you want to go up and back a certain way, the map of the town wasn’t very good and I missed one of markets as I didn’t walk all the way up the street. Most places food shops shut at 2pm. We also did Green Island, half of us did the glass bottom boat and the others did the snorkelling, you need to go near the jetty to see a lot of fish, food and drinks are expensive. We found that the restaurant food was very expensive, it was hard to find a coffee shop that sold cakes and most cafes shut at 2pm. The night markets are okay. We also drove up to Port Douglas, which was lovely, you can swim at the beach but not after November as there are stingers in the water. We had 3 full days which wasn’t enough as there was more we could have seen and done. Also would have been good to be there on a Sunday when there are markets at Port Douglas and other places. The weather was lovely, starting to get humid, it was about 30 degrees very day.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Imeldiffic2
    Sydney, Australia186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tropical Market
    Great place to get for fresh fruits and veggies direct for farmers in very reasonable price. I noted less food stalls compared from our last visit 10 years ago. Still highly recommended when you visit Cairns. Open Friday to Sunday only.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand703 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sydney to Cairns 2023
    Nice market for fruit and vegetables. Biggest variety we have seen in a long time. Lots of stalls offer tastings. Huge variety of fruits we had never seen before. There are other stalls offering a variety of different nick nacks and souvenirs etc but not as many as the night markets offer. Lots of parking available although we walked there.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Lorraine L
    Tarwin Lower, Australia3,437 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very impressive market
    This is a great fresh produce market and has a good variety of stalls. After picking up the few items we needed for the next few days our next stop ws a Vietnamese Street food stall where we picked up a duck wrap. Our last stop was a French Patisserie where we came away with a croissant and some macarons.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2024
  • Sara J
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved Rusty's Markets
    What a special place! Loved the relaxed vibes and all the food and drinks options they had. So much fresh fruit and products to try. Had a delicious vietnamese meal that was so good we went back again the next day. Highly recommend a day at Rusty's Markets.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 July 2024
  • Whole Fooders
    Australia27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fresh and Flavourful Hub!
    If you're in Cairns, you can't miss Rusty's Market! This bustling spot is packed with fresh produce from local farmers and artisans. You'll love the colourful and multicultural vibe, with tropical fruits, flowers, and a fantastic variety of eateries from different cultures. Quick tip: bring cash, as some stalls don't take cards, and don't forget your reusable bags. Rusty's Market is a true highlight and one of the best markets in Australia. Open Fri, Sat & Sun … Enjoy!
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 July 2024
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A.S.
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Fun market to visit, especially those who enjoy fresh produce. The prices are rather expensive- often more than supermarket and other produce market prices (with the exception of some of the most common local produce), which was disappointing. Friday has more selection and higher price. Sunday has fewer (some sold out) but lower price. Parking upstairs is very limited and almost always impossible to find parking.
Stalls include fresh fruit and veg, herbs, clothing, crystals, jewlery, plants, gifts, souvenirs, pet products, skincare, and of course, food stalls. There are perhaps only a dozen food stalls but plenty of happy customers.
Food stalls includes diced fruit, papaya salad, wraps, noodles, baked breads and cakes, pastry, smoothies.
I’d say it takes 1/2 hour for brief walk-through and over an hour if you’d like to explore more. Best to do a walk-through before coming back to decide on what to buy.
Written 5 July 2023
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rerp
Kibworth Beauchamp, UK376 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you live in Cairns or are visiting the town, Rusty's Market is the place to visit for your fruit and vegetables both for variety and price. Others items are available in the market but are not necessarily as good value as shops. Worth a visit.
Written 9 March 2020
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lovers1996
Brisbane, Australia232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Although this market sells mainly fresh fruit and vegetables, it does also offer a variety of other offerings such as cooked food, coffee, knick knacks, pastries, freshly squeezed juice, massages and more. This market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The quality of the produce is the best I’ve seen at any markets. If I was a Cairns local I would be visiting this market every week. It also offers different types of fruits that we don’t see in Brisbane.

The only negative comment I will make is that seating for dining is very limited. When we bought food we had to stand up and eat it.
Written 12 October 2021
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mazzaintazza
London, UK307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
Colourful, buzzing, great range of fruit and veg, plus the odd live singer, cafe with awesome breads and cakes, and a few jewellery/craft stalls. A must do, even just to take photos. Four avocados for $2! Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.
Written 23 April 2021
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judy m
Toronto, Australia170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Super fresh growers market mostly organic in Centre of Cairns. Was visiting in May2021 and wanted a Mango.......season stopped 2 weeks NOOOO. Did purchase some wonderful Panamar Passionfruits and drinks, also hot food vendors here and tropical fruits not available down south......good way to spend an hour or two on Friday or Saturday mornings..........friendly vibrant market
Written 30 May 2021
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David W
Rockhampton, Australia310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
A vast and extensive farmers market with heaps of variety. From supermarket stables to more exotic fruits and vegetables this market offered a lot. All of the produce we purchased was much cheaper than supermarket prices. All of the food stalls looked delicious as well. Try the sugarcane juice it went down a treat.
Written 15 August 2022
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Sherpa53864165536
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Nice range of fruit and veg but one the stores were selling rotten Sapote at $12/kg. Store person made an effort to pick good ones but came hope and cut it to find the fruit is rotten. Waste!!

Some stores need to store produce better before selling. They were selling mushrooms cling wrapped on a tray for $6. No refrigeration and they were out in hot cairns weather. After only a day in my fridge the mushrooms got mouldy!!

Very poor experience at Rusty’s. Also it’s over priced for fruit and veg. Don’t waste your time and money here!!
Written 10 April 2023
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brooker36
Pottsville, Australia394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
The market is open Friday/Saturday/Sunday and is energetic and vibrant. Full of fruit and vegies, knick’ knacks, a small butchery and meals to eat there or takeaway. There is a specialist Vietnamese coffee shop in Grafton St entrance. Always busy. Top value but there are crowds.
Written 11 September 2021
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JOMTIEN
Thailand4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Business
Sold me two ‘so called’ antique bronze elephants with apparent verdigris to show age. This was actually green chalk/plaster used to fill and cover holes where he had filled with sand to make heavy.
As I was on a cruise unable to face him with this deception.
So much for good memories of Rusty’s market and Cairns!
Written 13 March 2023
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Trudy C
Melbourne, Australia120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I come to Rusty’s every time I visit Cairns because the food is always very fresh and tasty, the atmosphere is fun and the people friendly. You can’t get fruit and vege like this in the supermarkets.I only wish it was open every day.
Written 12 April 2020
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