The enormous number of tourists means that major fashion boutiques from Australia and all over the world have outlets here. Visitors from outside of Australia may want to take the opportunity to purchase the quirky clothes of local designers. Duty free at the international airport offers even more bargains, and a surprisingly wide range.
Shoppers after nautical or beach holiday buys like shell jewelry and hats will be in their element in Cairns. All basic needs like sunscreen and t-shirts are readily available and despite the temptation to do so, price gouging is pretty much unheard of in Cairns where prices are no higher than they tend to be in Brisbane.
Cairns Central is, by far, the largest shopping complex in the tropical north of Queensland. The Cairns Railway Station is underneath the center and so Cairns Central bustles all day long with locals and visitors. Souvenir shops and large Australian department store chains like Myer have outlets here.
Around 100 specialty stores are located in this complex down near the main port where boats to the Great Barrier Reef leave throughout the day. The Pier contains a great food court and a number of bars as well as the foyer of the Radisson Plaza Hotel.