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Handcrafted jewelry featuring local Australian gems such as opals and freshwater pearls is the best thing to bring home from Cairns. While opals are mostly mined in the southern states of Australia, you’ll find an abundance of stores selling rings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches in Cairns, many of which offer tax-back options for international tourists. If you want a really unique piece, visit the Cairns Esplanade markets on Saturday or the Port Douglas markets on Sunday to check out the creations of local artists and designers. These markets are also a great place to pick up unique artworks, fashion and accessories.