Gem & Mineral Calendar

CROCOITE - Dundas, Tasmania
(photography F. Coffa)

Crocoite, Dundas, Tasmania

A large number of these shows are organised by lapidary and craft clubs. Many mineral dealers and tailgaters attend, and they are often a good source of minerals for swapping and purchase. (If readers would like their club or group dates to be included on this page, please email the web master with details).


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  • Sat 14 – Sun 15 February 2015 
    Orange Lapidary and Mineral Club Inc.  50th Anniversary celebrations, Orange, NSW

    The event will take place on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of February in 2015. The venue will be the Senior Citizens building in Kite Street, Orange and there is wheelchair access from the Woolworths’ car park. The event will showcase all our efforts over the years and will focus on “Mining and Prospecting in Orange & surrounding districts”. We also hope to have exhibitions from Cadia Mines, The Historical Society and also The Age of Fishes. We are anticipating a wonderful show and the event will be held in the Senior Citizens Building.

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  • Sun 1 March 2015 Rock Swap – Stuart Park Wollongong – Illawarra Lapidary Club, Wollongong, NSW
    Come along and enjoy our 2015 Rock Swap at Stuart Park Wollongong. The rock swap starts at 8.30 a.m. through to 2.30 p.m. with lots of members and tailgaters selling anything from lapidary items including rough, slabs to finished cut cabochons, faceted stones and finished items of silver and even gold jewellery.  A rock scramble for children is at 11a.m. Noon and 1p.m. – Very popular with the kids.

    More info www.illawarralapidaryclub.com.au/major-events/


  • Sat 7 - Sun 8 March 2015
    North Brisbane Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Festival

    Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Sunday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Brackenridge State High School,
    Barfoot Street Brackenridge SE Qld
    email: info@nblc.com.au - www.nblc.com.au

  • Fri 13 - Sat 14 - Sun 15 March 2015
    Minerama, Glen Innes, northern NSW Annual Gem Show
    Services Club, Glen Innes
    Minerama is held annually in March at Glen Innes, NSW. This gem show is one of the largest annual gem shows in NSW and features fossicking field trips for a variety of gems in the area (eg. sapphire, garnet, topaz, quartz crystals, etc). Field trips are suitable for both beginner and expert fossickers with some locations not normally open to the public. The gem show has a large number of traders in gems, lapidary supplies, minerals, fossils, jewellery and much more with gemmologists/faceting experts in attendance for advice throughout the weekend.

  • Sat 14 March 2015 
    Gatton Lapidary Club Show, Gatton, SE Queeensland
    (8:00am to 5:00pm)
    Gatton Shire Hall 

  • Sat 14 -  Sun 15 March 2015
    The Hobart Gem Mineral & Fossil Show 2015 'Tasmania's Hidden Treasures'

    presented by The Lapidary Club of Tasmania Inc, supported by The Mineralogical Society of Tasmania Inc, at the Grandstand Hall, Hobart Showground, Glenorchy, Tasmania.

    9 am to 4 pm For further information Ph. Rosemary Aheimer (03) 6249 1408 or email kaheimer@bigpond.net.au

  • Sat 21 - Sun 22 March 2015 
    New England Lapidary Club Show, Armidale, NSW
    (9:00am to 5:00pm (Sat) 8:30am to 3:00pm (Sun)
    Armidale Showground Contact 02 6778 5122 or nelfc@hotmail.com

  • Sat 21 - Sun 22 March 2015 
    Canberra Rock Swap - ACT
    830am to 5pm (Sat) 8:30am to 4:00pm (Sun)
    Wagtail Way, EPIC - Exhibition Park
    Fossickers & dealers. Crystals, minerals, rough & cut gemstones, opals, fossils, lapidary supplies, jewellery. Sieve for sapphires. Food available - No entry cost

    For further information in the first instance on any of these events please contact the Club's Show Convenor, Norm Menadue on (02) 6258 6631

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  • Fri 3 April - Sun 5 April 2015 (Easter)
    Warwicks, Rocks, Antiques and collectibles fair
    Warwick, SE Queensland, at the showgrounds

  • Fri 3 April - Mon 6 April 2015 (Easter)
    51st GEMBOREE - Horsham, Victoria
    Australia's national GEMBOREE 2015 will be held in the city of Horsham, Victoria in Longerenong Road, Dooen, via Horsham. Contact 0402 695 214

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  • Fri 1, Sat 2 & Sun 3 May 2015
    Palmer, South Australia
    The Murraylands Gem and Mineral Club Inc. run their annual Palmer Rockarama "Crystal and Craft Fair" at Collier Park , Palmer, South Australia . In addition, and at the same location, the Rockarama features the South Australian Metal Detecting Championships on Sunday 3rd May 2015.

    Further information and camping/trading/competition application forms are available from the club website: http://www.murraylandsgmc.org.au/

  • Sat 2 - Sun 3 May 2015
    Redcliffe Gem Show, SE Queensland
    The venue for 2015 is the Southern Cross Catholic Campus, Nottingham Street,  Kippa-Ring the Redcliffe Peninsula Queensland, north of Brisbane.

  • Sat 16  - Sun 17 May 2015
    Lismore Gemfest, Lismore, Northern NSW
    At Lismore Showgrounds Ph 02 6621 4703

  • Sat 30 May 2015
    Mt Gravatt Gem Show (Brisbane, SE Qld)

    Mt Gravatt Lapidary Gem & Lapidary Society clubrooms,
    1873, Logan Road Mt Gravatt.
    Entry off Carsons Lane Mt Gravatt, Brisbane. (off Logan Road, Mt Gravatt,
    almost directly opposite Maccas!

  • Sat 30 - Sun 31 May 2015
    Gunyah Lapidary Club Annual Display

    Mt Cootha Gardens Auditorium - Brisbane SE Qld
    Ph 07 3266 5060

  • Sat 30 - Sun 31 May 2015 - Canberra ACT
    Canberra Lapidary Club's Winter Gemcraft and Mineral Show

    Exhibition Park (EPIC), Flemington Rd Mitchell, ACT
    $5 adults, $9 family, $2 children/concession 
    Contact: 02 6260 5322

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  • Sat 20 and Sun 21 June 2015
    Hawkesbury Valley Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Sydney Region NSW

    Civic Centre George Street
    Windsor, N.S.W.

  • Sat 27 June 2015 
    Gold Coast Gem and Craft Show - Gold Coast Queensland

    80 Pacific Avenue Miami (Pizzey Park next to Olympic Pool)
    Ph Alan 07 5571 6436

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  • Sat 11 July 2015
    Caboolture Gemfest - SE Qld
    To be held at Caboolture Historical Village Beerburrum Rd. Caboolture, SE Queensland. 
    Contact Paul Futcher 07 5432 3219

  • Sat 11 - Sun 12 July 2015
    Hervey Bay Festival of Gems - Hervey Bay SE Qld
    To be held at Star of the Sea Catholic School, 39 Hughes Road.

  • Sat 18 - Sun 19 July 2015 
    Townsville Gem and Mineral Gem Show

    Mineral displays, lapidary and silversmithing demonstrations, rough and cut gems, refreshments and lucky door prizes.

    At the clubrooms 96 Mooney Street Gulliver, Townsville North Queensland
    Contact Elethia Brady on 0411 800 944 for more information.

  • Sat 25 - Sun 26 July 2015
    Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Gem Show

    Club rooms, 129 Mulgrave Road, Cairns, far north Queensland

  • Fri 31 July - Sun 2 Aug 2015 
    Kybong Rock & Mineral Fest and Campout at Cooloola Rocks and Minerals, Kybong, SE Queensland
    (see below)

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  • Fri 31 July - Sun 2 Aug 2015 
    Kybong Rock & Mineral Fest and Campout at Cooloola Rocks and Minerals, Kybong, SE Queensland

    1 Lobwein Rd, KYBONG, Qld 4570
    Phone/Fax (07) 5483 5252
    (Just a few kms south of Gympie on the Bruce Hwy and only about 2 hours drive north of Brisbane)
    Email John & Cecile Steenbergen: Cooloola Rocks and Minerals

  • Sat 1 Aug 2015
    Ipswich and District Lapidary Club Show, Ipswich, SE Queensland
    Showgrounds, Warwick Road, Ipswich

  • Sat 1 Aug 2015
    Innisfail Gem Show, Nth Queensland

  • Sun 2 Aug 2015
    Atherton Gem Show, Nth Queensland
    Club House, Racecourse Rd, Toga

  • Thur 6 -9 Aug 2015 
    GemFest - Festival of Gems
    Anakie - Central Queensland Allen King Memorial Park

    Australia's largest gemstone and jewellery exhibition held annually.
    Celebrating and showcasing sapphires, crystals, fossils, minerals, precious and semi-precious gemstones, lapidary and jewellery.  Four days of exhibitions, workshops, entertainment, prizes and demonstrations to keep you busy.
    For more information contact the Event Coordinator on 07 49854 375
    Email:  info@gemfest.com.au

  • Sat 22-Sun 23 August 2015
    Cumberland Gem & Mineral Fair, Sydney region NSW
    Roselea Community Centre, 647 Pennant Hills Road Carlingford/Beecroft, between the M2 and North Rock Road) 
    9:30am till 5:00pm any questions please contact Peter at raregems@optusnet.com.au or call 0412 333 150

  • Sat 22-Sun 23 August 2015
    Ballarat Gem, Crystal, Mineral & Fossil Show,
    Ballart central Victoria 
    The Farm, 800 Norman Street, Invermay Park.
    Contact Jan 03 5339 3871 or 0448 578 363

  • Sat 29 August 2015
    Waterloo Bay Gem Show, Hemmant, Brisbane, SE Queensland

    Hemmant Community Hall, Coner of Ramsay and Brandt Streets, Hemmant, Qld

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  • Sat 12 - Sun 13 Sept 2015
    Bribie Island Gem Show, Bribie Island, SE Queensland

    Arts Centre 191 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach, Bribie Isd

Gem Festival Co-ordinator: Kel Barlett
Email: kel@bribieisland.lapidaryclub.com.au
Web site: www.bribieisland.lapidaryclub.com.au

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  • Sat 3 Oct 2015
    Beenleigh Lapidary Club Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Beenleigh, SE Queensland. 
    Beenleigh Showgrounds, Beenleigh, Qld

  • Sat 3 – Sun 4 - Mon 5 October 2015
    Emmaville Gemfest, Emmaville, New England, NSW

    Sales and field trips over the weekend
    Website: http://www.emmavillegemfest.com

  • Sat 3 – Sun 4 - Mon 5 October 2015
    GEMKHANA 2015, Clarendon, NSW

    (Sat 9am to 5pm, Sun 9am to 5pm, Mon 9am to 12noon) at the Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Rd, Clarendon.

    Entry is $3 Adults, $1 Children and a for a Family, the cost is $8.

    The competition of work by members from across NSW as well as some from interstate is the highlight of the show and will inspire members to new heights, and visitors to understand the great work being done by amateurs.

    Demonstrators will have everyone wanting to turn their hand to something new.

    Along with some special lapidary displays, the Hawkesbury Historical Society will show us some of Australia’s early history. Children’s activities are always a popular, as are the refreshments that will be on hand. Dealers and tailgaters will be offering all sorts of wonderful ready-to-wear jewellery as well as the bits-and-pieces and tools to make our own. There is plenty of parking and wheelchair access is easy.

    Contacts: http:// gemlapidarycouncilnsw.org.a u/gemkhana
  • Sat 10 Oct 2015
    Nambour Lapidary Club Gemfest,  Nambour, SE Queensland. 
    Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour, Qld

  • Sun 11 Oct 2015
    Mackay Gem & Craft Society - Annual Gem Fair 
    N Queensland
    Where:        3 Leisure Street, Mackay
    Time:           9 am to 3 pm
    Contact:      Jenny Selle
    E-mail:        mackaygemclubaustralia@gmail.com   
  • Sat 24 - Sun 25 Oct 2015
    Toowoomba Lapidary Club Gemfest Gem and Jewellery Show
    All items are FOR SALE.
    Centenary Heights High School, Assembly Hall, Ramsay Street,
    oowoomba, Qld. Sat: 9.00-5.00, Sun: 9.00-3.00.
    Ph:  D Radke (Chairman) on 0417 611 820

    Dealer co-ordinator: Rod: rokybrightman@internode.on.net, 07 4630 8676
    Outside stall holder co-ordinator:
    darryl.helen49@bigpond.com, 0417 739 489

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  • Sun 1 -  Sun 15 Nov 2015 
    Joint Mineralogical Societies of Australasia 38th Annual Seminar Northern Tasmania

    Seminar and Field trips run by the Mineralogical Society of Tasmania
    Website with more information:

  • Sat 7 -  Sun 8 Nov 2015 
    Gem and Mineral Society Gemfair - Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. Bundaberg SE Qld
    Civic Centre, Bourbong Street Bundaberg. Queensland

  • Sat 7 - Sun 8 Nov 2015 - Canberra ACT
    Canberra Lapidary Club's Spring Gemcraft and Mineral Show

    Exhibition Park (EPIC), Flemington Rd Mitchell, ACT
    $5 adults, $9 family, $2 children/concession

  • Sat 8 - Sun 9 Nov 2015 - West Coast Tasmania Zeehan Gem & Mineral Show (western Tasmania) 
    held at the Basketball Stadium, Zeehan Primary School, Belstead St. Zeehan, Tasmania.
    Contact Kim Dunstan Ph 03 6471 6553, 


  • Thu 12 - Fri 13 - Sat 14 November 2015 - Annual Exhibition of the Parramatta-Holroyd Lapidary Club, Sydney NSW
    Parramatta Holroyd Lapidary Club clubrooms, 73 Fullagar Rd, Wentworthville NSW 2145, opening at 9am each day

    Sales  of jewellery, beading, novelties, minerals; work done by members and collecting done by members on field trips.

    The sand sieve and fossicking heap is where everyone loves to get their hands dirty. Demonstrations and display are also a large part of the exhibition, but to us the competition, highlighting the work of members is the important aspect of the show. Sausage sizzle and home made slices, scones etc are always popular. There are children’s activities.  Entry is free.  Plenty of parking is available, and we have wheelchair access.

  • Sat 14 - Sunday 15 November 2015 - Launceston, Tasmania
    Launceston Gem & Mineral Show,
    Held at Elphin Sports Centre, Racecourse Crescent, Launceston.
    Sat 9 am to 5 pm, Sun 9 am to 4 pm
    Contact Neil Newman on (email) gem@au.pe

  • Sat 21 Nov 2015
    Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast SE Queensland
    Mooloolaba State School, Douglas St, Mooloolaba.
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Kay Chambers kaychambers1950@gmail.com

  • Sat 28th - Sun 29th Nov 2015
    The Windsor Gem & Mineral Fair western Sydney NSW
    At The Windsor Function Centre
    George Street Windsor 2756
    Open Saturday 9:30 till 5pm and Sunday 9:30 till 4pm

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