Welcome To Rusty’s Markets

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. Renown for its 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. We are located in the CBD between Grafton and Sheridan Streets—just ask any local.


Friday — 5am to 6pm
Saturday — 5am to 6pm
Sunday — 5am to 3pm

2 HOURS FREE PARKING! Friday, Saturday and Sunday take advantage of 2 hours Free Parking in the Gilligan’s / Rusty’s carpark located above Rusty’s on Sheridan Street.

Please note with street parking, council parking inspectors are active in the area and shoppers are urged to take care to avoid a parking fine.


Monday to Thursday : $4 all day parking

5 day weekly pass (excluding weekends) $15. Weekly pass to be purchases from attendant at car park

Friday: First two (2) hours FREE. Anything over a $4 daily rate applies.

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Rustys proudly supports REAP/OZHARVEST for food rescue and preventing hunger in FNQ

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