Best Markets In And Around Port Douglas
If your idea of a wonderful weekend comes with a leisurely browse of the local markets, Freestyle Resort makes the perfect base.
Stroll down Macrossan Street on a Sunday morning to our own Port Douglas markets, or hop in the car and explore the wares of an eclectic mix of providores and artisans, near and not so far. It’s a morning well spent, whether you’re preparing a casual lunch in your apartment, or looking for a gift for the person who’s been feeding your cat.
Where: Market Park, Port Douglas.
When: Sunday mornings, from 8am.
What: Overlooking the dazzling Dickson Inlet, Port Douglas Sunday Markets is a cotters’ market, meaning everything offered for sale has been made by the stallholder. A rainbow of colour is created by beach towels and tropical resort wear, hand-crafted jewellery, carved coconuts, leather goods, candles and artwork. Local favourites include pane (bread) by Nico; and the famous Duke’s donuts. You’ll need to arrive early to secure your share!
Where: Foxton Avenue, Mossman.
When: Saturday mornings, from 7am.
What: Set under the canopy of ancient rain trees, this is a country market with a focus on organic fresh fruit and veg, herbs and spices, flowers and plants, plus baked goods and handmade crafts. Highlights are the great coffee and fresh juices to sip as you saunter, and crêpes made to order with sweet or savoury fillings. Pick up a pre-loved book, and that’s your afternoon by the pool sorted.
Where: Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove.
When: First Sunday of the month, May to December.
What: Under the shade of the eponymous palms and ancient paperbark trees, and with a spectacular ocean backdrop, this sprawling collection of colourful stalls is where you’ll find handmade arts and crafts, gifts and souvenirs, plants and produce. Make time for a massage, drop a few coins in the busker’s hat, then linger over lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafes nearby.
Where: Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda.
When: Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm.
What: The undercover Kuranda Heritage markets showcase all that is unique about this free-spirited rainforest town. A wide range of stalls offer locally produced jewellery and gemstones, soaps and skincare, digeridoos and dreamcatchers, alongside organic fruits, vegies, nuts and spices. The markets also serve as the entryway to Birdworld Kuranda, where tropical parrots will climb up onto your shoulder and charm you into staying for lunch.
Where: Bruce Jones Market Grounds, Yungaburra.
When: Fourth Saturday each month, 7.30am to 12.30pm (except December, when it’s the third Sunday).
What: Far North Queensland’s largest market stars local producers who hawk their wares here in the historic village of Yungaburra, on the Atherton Tablelands. It’s a leisurely two-hour drive from Freestyle Resort, through some of the region’s most picturesque countryside. Expect a kaleidoscope of fruit and vegetables, baked goods, organic beauty, macramé, rainforest soaps, hand-made clothing, face painting and more.