Kuranda Markets: A Guide
The Kuranda Markets are a quirky Aladdin’s cave of jewellery, clothing, souvenirs and gifts set amongst the lush green rainforest. With a rainbow of wall murals, dozens of market stalls, scrumptious local eats and hand hand-crafted gifts, there really is something for everyone!
Ready to browse the Kuranda markets? Read on for our guide…
The Original Rainforest Markets
Where are they? Head to the market mall on the corner on Therwine St and Thoreee St, wander down the stairs and you will literally time travel back to the hippy era!
Why visit? Colourful murals and even more colourful locals!
Browse… Pattern clad hippy-chic dresses, chunky bohemian jewellery, hand-made dream catchers, locally made honeycomb and buffalo combs.
Munch on… Authentic vegan falafels at Falafellicious, satisfy your tweet tooth with tasty crepes at Petit Cafe or enjoy authentic Japenese tea with a side of zen at the Japanese Teahouse.
The Original Rainforest Markets are like taking a trip back to the psychedelic 1970s! The markets have been in Kuranda since 1978 and were pioneered by arts and crafts loving hippies. Fast forward 40 years and that some colourful, hippy vibes still remains.
One of the best things about the original rainforest markets is how they remain set in luscious, tropical rainforest. Wander through stall-lined paths and see unique, colourful additions you wouldn’t expect, such as a piano against a rainbow backdrop.
The Original Rainforest Markets have a strong focus on sustainable, eco-conscious product and is great for finding holistic, vegan and natural goodies.
Fashion-lovers can browse a range of chunky bohemian jewellery, dainty sterling silver pieces, leather handbags and colourful clothing. Lovers of local produce can sip coconut water directly from a fresh coconut and stock up on local, sustainable honey. If you’re looking for a souvenir to remember your trip or a gift for a loved one, the Original Markets has you covered! Handmade candles, dream catchers and other beautiful hand-made nick-knacks are a fantastic choice.
The Kuranda Heritage Markets
Where are they? Head to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and walk towards the village centre, head down a small ramp and you will arrive at the Heritage Markets.
Why visit? Gifts galore! Browse a range of souvenirs, jewellery and more! Meet over 1500 free-flying butterflies at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
Browse… Browse stunning jewellery, try some ridiculously hot chilli sauce and purchase handmade soaps in every scent imaginable.
Munch on… Yummy meals at Frogs Restaurant whilst watching the resident water dragons.
The Kuranda Heritage Markets is a gift-finders galore! This easy-to-access undercover market is a one-stop shop for gifts for everyone.
The markets have been established for more than two decades and are home to an abundance of colourful stalls stocking everything from crocodile leather to funky jewellery! Test your tastebuds with the world’s hottest chilli sauce or, if you’re feeling like something milder, munch on locally produced dried mangoes.
Keep your Kuranda experience dreamy and memorable with a visit to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Australia’s largest butterfly flight aviary.