How to spend your pocket money
Kuranda is a must-do when travelling the Tropical North Queensland. In addition to the beautiful scenery and wildlife, Kuranda is certainly not short of shopping opportunities where you can claim a little piece of magic from the Village in the Rainforest. There are two outdoor markets – the Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets open Thursday to Monday and the Heritage Markets open Thursday to Sunday. The Heritage Markets offers an array of locally made clothing and jewellery, wood carvings, leatherwork, ceramics, gemstones and indigenous art. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for local water dragons and beautiful tropical birds that watch you load up the shopping bags. The Original Rainforest Markets were established in 1977, the markets display beautiful hand-crafted wares from local artists and crafts people, contemporary art and homemade food products, using only the freshest local produce and ingredients including fruits, macadamias and coffee.
Kuranda is a foodie’s dream, do your taste buds a favour and indulge in mouth-watering tantalising treats from the Kuranda Candy Kitchen. This Willy Wonka-like store is where you can watch as award winning rock candy treats are created right before your eyes. Looking for something a little longer lasting and special? Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery has a huge collection of locally made didgeridoos and boomerangs available for purchase.
Shop and go
Hit the shops and markets for everything from international brands to local crafts.
Guide to Kuranda Markets
The bumper sticker catchphrase ‘Magic Happens’ was surely created after a visit to the picturesque village of Kuranda, a rainforest township where the outside world seemingly does not exist.
Celebrated Palm Cove chef Nick Holloway adores iconic Rusty’s Markets in Cairns. Kerry Heaney joined him for a tour of the stalls.
11 Best markets near Cairns
Soak up the colour and the character, the smells and the sounds clunk and clash in a cacophony of the excitement of these 11 great markets.
48 hours in Kuranda
Just as the Na’vi in Avatar have Pandora, Tropical North Queensland has Kuranda, a rainforest village worthy of its own feature film. If you don’t know much about it, discover why you need Kuranda’s leafy greens in your life with this 48 hour guide.