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Cairns Shopping

Cairns has a large range of shopping available. The CBD hosts everything from small souvenir type shops to large shopping arcades and everything in between. It is generally accepted that buying virtually any goods in Australia represents excellent value for visitors due to the currency exchange rates.

Most of the well known international brand name items can be found in the City, normally in the shopping complexes or arcades. There are plenty of bargains to be found, it is simply a matter of spending some time exploring the city to find exactly the items that you are looking for.

There are a lot of souvenir type shops, opal shops and aboriginal shops. These items are all popular with visitors to Cairns. From our experience it is always worth shopping around to compare prices and to make sure that you are getting exactly the items that you want.

Most retail traders are open seven days. This does vary slightly but generally they are open to about 8pm. Once again if you are looking for something in particular it is best to check with the hotel concierge or guest relations and they can point you in the right direction.


The Pier Marketplace - Sunday Mud Markets

Most shops accept traveller's cheques and credit cards and some will even take foreign currencies however you should check this point before making a purchase if you intend to use a currency other than Australian dollars. Some will deliver your purchases directly to your hotel if requested.

Due to the large number of international visitors to North Queensland it is not unusual to find bilingual people working in retail shops. Shops will often have signs in their front windows to advise of this feature.

Bartering is not usually done in most retail outlets in Cairns however it is acceptable in markets and more casual shopping venues, particularly for bulk purchases. Our opinion on this is if you are not sure you can always ask the question. The person behind the cash register will soon tell you whether the prices are fixed or negotiable.

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