Cotter Markets in Townsville

A glorious sunny Sunday and Flinders Street, the newly renovated heart of central Townsville, is closed to traffic, and comes alive with the colour and sound of Cotter Markets. This has been an institution in Townsville for more than 20 years and there are more than 70 stalls.

Now I love markets and have been to many of them around Australia and I rate this as one of the best. I had to walk for an hour to get to them as buses do not operate on a Sunday. Of course that meant I also had to walk an hour to get back to our home-of-the-moment. That is market viewing dedication for you… (I could catch a taxi, but that is too easy, and I enjoy wandering along looking at the houses and gardens and scenery)

I love the variety at this market and the very friendly laid-back vibe. It is a photography dream, trying to capture that atmosphere. I ask if it is ok to take individual stall holders and only one said they preferred I didn’t take any photos.

So I ended up with well over 100 photos to cull down to what I considered would show you how I saw,felt, heard and experienced the market.

Not easy….

I have never put so many photos in a post before, so decided that perhaps the best way to show them to you would be with a slide show. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them…

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10 thoughts on “Cotter Markets in Townsville

  1. I adore the teddy bears, I so want to give one of them a home! 🙂

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    • The stall holder was a Teddy Bear fanatic, she went around op shops rescuing old sad bears, then she would give them a wash in lavender water (they all smelt so good) get a new outfit for them then put them on her stall to wait for a new owner and be born again with the date they are bought being their birth date. How good is that?

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  2. Joan and Terry Watson

    Well you are seeing all of that area, it has changed a lot since we last went there, we also when we visit anywhere love walking around the houses and gardens, boy the Hostel also looks good.

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  3. Love your market scenes. What a lot of goodies to choose from. 🙂

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  4. Wow, I’ve never seen such huge watermelons before! :O

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