Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets
Kuranda Original Markets had their humble beginnings in 1978 organised by a group of locals to attract visitors to Kuranda and see their hand made arts, crafts and local produce. The original marketeers had to operate their own train service for two seasons, to prove commercial viability of the service to the Queensland Railway Department.
Today the markets are an established icon, operating Thursday to Sunday each week and proving a huge success with providing employment for local artists and makers as well as raising the profile of Kuranda, which is now recognised as a unique Australian Rainforest tourist destination. The Original Markets has retained it’s atmosphere, with many local artists and personalities making the market part of their lifestyle. Many of the current marketeers have been involved in the markets during the course of the last 25 – 30 years.
This market also has a strong eco-conscious ethic with organic, recycled, natural, holistic and remedial products available here. Crafts people still flock to this mountain top oasis to display their beautifully hand crafted wares. Renovated in 2005, this market has lost none of it’s rustic charm, featuring tropical gardens, mini-golf in the rainforest, gourmet regional fare, and contemporary arts and crafts. You are sure to enjoy exploring this truly memorable destination.
Where: Corner of Therwine & Thoree St, Kuranda QLD 4881
When: Open Thursday to Sunday, 9:30am until 3:00pm
What: This market has a strong eco-conscious ethic with organic, recycled, natural, holistic and remedial products
Kuranda Heritage Markets
The Kuranda Heritage Markets has been established for over 20 years and is all weather covered. With over 60 traders offering indigenous art, boomerangs and didgeridoos, metal artistry and custom made knives, antiques, demi-antiques and collectables, opals, pearls, precious and semi-precious gemstones, handcrafted jewellery, leathergoods, and beauty & skin products made locally from only the most natural ingredients.
The Kuranda Heritage Markets are also home to the Kuranda Wildlife Experience where you can enjoy a combined day visiting Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld Kuranda and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. The Kuranda Heritage Market is open every day from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
Where: 2/4 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda, QLD 4881
When: Open 7 Days, 9:30am until 3:00pm
What: Locally produced souvenirs, art & craft, jewellery, gemstones & clothing, tasty food.