By Market Man
Atherton Tablelands - Markets
The Atherton Tablelands is renowned for its country markets. Every weekend you can find a congregation of craft stalls selling homemade products that are very difficult to find in cities such as Cairns. Spending a few hours at a market with your family can be a fascinating and rewarding experience - you could pick up a bargain, find that old tool you've been searching for, buy a jumper for your dog, or fall in love with a hand-crafted garden seat. The possibilities are as wide as your imagination.
A brief timetable of markets can help you decide which markets to visit while travelling through the Atherton Tablelands. More detailed information about each market is included below.
* 1st Saturday of each month: Atherton, Mt. Molloy
* 2nd Saturday of each month: Mareeba
* 3rd Saturday of each month: Malanda
* 4th Saturday of each month: Yungaburra
* 1st Sunday of each month: Tolga
* 2nd Sunday of each month: Archer Creek, Kairi
* 3rd Sunday of each month: Herberton
* 4th Sunday of each month: Ravenshoe
Where: Platypus Park, Herberton Road, Atherton.
When: The first Saturday of each month, 7AM.
Contact: (07) 4096 5382
A large market selling fruit and vegetables, plants, and arts and crafts.
Where: Wondecla Showgrounds (opposite the Roadhouse).
When: The third Sunday of each month, 7:30AM -12:00PM.
Contact: (07) 4096 2408 or (07) 4096 2570
Approximately 40 stalls selling fruit, vegetables, home made items, cakes, jams, leatherwork, plants and more.
Archer Creek Markets
Where: Archer Creek.
When: The second Sunday of each month.
Contact: (07) 4097 6545
Where: Kairi Community Hall
When: The second Sunday of each month.
Contact: (07) 4095 8252
This is a small market, but is charming and hospitable.
Original Kuranda Rainforest Market
Where: 5 Therwine Street, Kuranda, behind the Honey House
When: Open every day 9:00AM - 3:00PM.
Contact: (07) 4093 8772
This is the original ‘Kuranda Markets', a popular attraction for Cairns locals and visitors for over 25 years. This market offers locally made jewellery, clothing, paintings, leatherwork, wood craft, locally grown macadamia nuts, home made tropical fruit ice cream. As well as opals, gemstones, aboriginal artefacts, food for all taste buds and much much more.
Come and spend a morning or afternoon browsing around all our stalls.
Malanda Lions Market
Where: Malanda Showground
When: The third Saturday of each month, 7:00AM - 12:00PM.
Set outdoors, the Malanda Lions Market has 120 stalls that sell fruit and vegetables, homemade cakes and jams, books, craftwork, new and used clothing and second hand tools. Refreshments and childrens amusements available. Excellent wet season venue with all sealded walkways.
Where: Centenary Park, Byrnes Street.
When: The second Saturday of each month, 8:00AM - 12:00PM.
Contact: 0417 846 204 or (07) 4092 3418
The Mareeba Market is similar to the Atherton Market, with approximately 90 stalls. Sells a wide range of market-style items.
Mt. Molloy Market
Where: QCSW Hall, Mt Molloy.
When: The first Saturday of each month.
Contact: (07) 4094 1036
Where: Railway Station, Grigg Street, Ravenshoe.
When: The fourth Sunday of every month, 8:00AM - 12:00PM.
Contact: (07) 4091 4599 or (07) 4097 6153
Features 30-40 stalls.
Where: Morrow Park racecourse, Tolga.
When: The first Sunday of each month.
Contact: (07) 4091 2810
Where: Yungaburra Park opposite Lake Eacham Motel Hotel
When: The fourth Saturday of each month, 7:30AM to 12:30PM
Contact: (07) 4095 2111 or (07) 4095 3208 or 0408 568 724
The Yungaburra Markets are the most popular markets on the Atherton Tablelands, boasting over 320 regular stallholders. This is a very large market and it can take many hours to peruse all the stalls. Opposite the marketplace are cafes and restaurants, and when combined with a morning at the market this can take up a significant portion of the your day. Allow plenty of time.