Welcome To Rusty’s Markets

Public Health message : Attendees to Rustys not to enter market if they;

1) Are unwell;
2) Have been in close contact with a known active case of COVID 19;
3) Have COVID 19 symptoms.

Thursday 24th December: 5am to 5pm
Saturday 26th December : 5am to 5pm
Sunday 27th December: 5am to 3pm.

New Years
Trading as per normal hours over New Year.

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.


2 hours free parking on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Car Park Fees Monday to Thursday Friday to Sunday
10 minutes to 1 hour $2 Free
1 hour to 2 hours $4 Free
2 hours to 3 hours $6 $6
3 hours to 12 hours $8 $8
12 hours to 13 hours $10 $10
13 hours to 14 hours $12 $12
14 hours to 15 hours $14 $14
15 hours to 24 hours $16 $16

Payment methods include cash (only available for the pay station on level 1) and pay wave.

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

REAP by Oz Harvest