Although you may not have much money, or room in your backpack, almost everyone loves to shop and shopping in Cairns will not disappoint you. As well as all the markets in Cairns there are some places close to our hostel, Nomads Cairns, that are great to pick up those extra additions to your wardrobe.
The Pier Marketplace: It's a wonderful place to shop or just go for a stroll to take in the atmosphere. Numerous stalls offer souvenirs, food, fashion and anything else you can imagine. Here you'll also find Undersea World, where you can enjoy all the creatures of the Great Barrier Reef without getting your feet wet. The art gallery on the lower level has some superb paintings and prints of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. All of these can be safely packed for overseas transport (great for Christmas presents). Upstairs on the second level, you'll find restaurants ranging from Italian, Chinese and Seafood all to be enjoyed whilst overlooking the beautiful marina. The Pier Market is open seven days a week and is a must see.
Orchid Plaza: Located in the City Centre this shopping mall provides a range of retail stores from fashion, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs to diners including the unique 'Sushi Express'. And as a bonus the Post Office is also located upstairs and is very convenient for visitors to send home letters and postcards.
Cairns Central Shopping Centre: Located 5 minutes from the Nomads Cairns bus drop off point, this is Cairns biggest shopping complex. With hundreds of stores to choose from it's a great place for both locals and visitors. Live Entertainment can sometimes be found, especially during the school vacation periods. Cairns Central is also home to a large cinema complex and don't forget to show your Mad Card to get your discounted tickets.
DFO (Discount Factory Outlet): This is great for anyone on a budget and a place to pick up a bargain. Ladies, this is the place to get that new bikini and dresses at affordable prices. For the boys, it's a great place to stock up on your gadgets. DFO is located 10 minutes outside of Cairns CBD however you can catch a bus really easily. See the staff at our hostel who will be happy to direct you in the right way.
These are some of the larger shopping malls in town, however walking around you will find all sorts of unique shops filled with everything and anything you could need when you're shopping in Cairns.