2017
Australian
Gem & Mineral Calendar

CROCOITE - Dundas, Tasmania
(photography F. Coffa)

Crocoite, Dundas, Tasmania

This page is still an interim page, as I have had difficulty in finding out many of the dates as yet. I have also found a number of date errors on other club and association websites (where the weekend dates don't correspond or plain wrong) So at this stage until I gather more information, this is the best that I can do. Unsure dates, or yet to be announced (TBA) are marked up in RED. 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, then please email the web master with details. I just don't have the time to actively chase up dates, so if you don't tell me, then I can't publish them!)

2017

Jan I Feb  I  Mar Apr  I  May  I  Jun  I  Jul  I  Aug  I  Sep  I  Oct  I  Nov  I  Dec


 

January

  • Sat 21st - Sun 22nd January 2017
    Warragul
    and District Club show
    Yarragon Public Hall, Yarragon, Victoria

 

February

  • Sat 25th February 2017 
    Gatton Gem Show, SE Queensland

    Shire Hall North Street, Gatton
    8.30am – 4.00pm

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March

  • Sat 4th - Sun 5th March 2017
    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

  • Sat 4th - Sun 5th March 2017 
    Crystal Habit Back from Tucson Show, Turramurra,
    North Shore, Sydney, NSW
    Crystal Habit and Quality Gem Rough Supplies and Juter Jewellery. This show will be held at the Turramurra Masonic Hall on the corner of The Pacific Highway and Turramurra Avenue, Turramurra NSW 2074.

    This is the first opportunity to look and purchase the new stock fresh from our return from the Tucson Show. Lots of mineral specimens, jewellery, gem stones, opals, beads, metaphysical and healing crystals and more! There is no entry fee for this event and there is plenty of parking in Gilroy Lane. Opening hours are 9:00 till 5:00 on Saturday and 9:00 till 4:00 on Sunday.
    For more information please contact Peter at raregems@optusnet.com.au
    or 0412 333 150

     

  • Fri 10th - Sat 11th - Sun 12th March 2017
    Minerama, Glen Innes, northern NSW Annual Gem Show - RSL 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 11th March 2017
    Campbelltown Districts Lapidary Club Annual Exhibition and Open Day, NSW
    Lot 1 Bensley Road Macquarie Fields NSW 
    Email: ctownlapidaryclub@bigpond.com
    Web: www.campbelltownlapidary.org.au

    Ph 02 9618 3206

  • Sat 11th – Sun 12th March 2017
    40th Annual Victorian Gemkhana - Gem and Mineral Show, Shepparton, Victoria.

    Quest Shepparton Racing Complex, Goulburn Valley Highway Kialla
    9:30am - 4:30pm 

    Showcasing displays, state level competition entries, demonstations and advice.
    Cost: Adults $7, Concession $6, Students $3 (kids under 12 free)

  • Sat 18th March 2017
    BK Minerals Back from Tucson Show
    Cnr Kooringal & Greenhill Roads,
    Munruben, SE Queensland
    9am - 5pm
    Contact: 07 3802 1186

     

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th March 2017 
    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

  • Sat 18th – Sun 19th March 2017
    New England Lapidary & Fossicking Club 26th Annual Gem & Craft Show - Armidale, NSW

    Free Entry - See a spectacular array of Gems, Rocks, Crystals, Jewellery, Gifts, Craft, Fossils, Beads and Lapidary Books, Supplies and equipment all on sale at the show

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th March 2017 
    Hobart Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Hobart Tasmania
     - Presented by the Lapidary Club of Tasmania
    The Grandstand Hall, Hobart Showground
    2, Howard Road, Glenorchy, Tasmania
    9am - 5pm Sat
    9am - 4pm Sun

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April

  • Sat 1st April 2017
    Mineral Store Australia - New minerals - Back from Tucson show!
    Wynnum, Bayside Brisbane, SE Queensland
    Contact Tony Forsyth 0419661962 or mineral@gil.com.au
    www.mineralstore.com.au

  • Fri 14th April - Sun 16th April 2017 (Easter)
    Warwick, Rocks, Antiques and collectibles fair
    Warwick, SE Queensland, at the showgrounds

  • Fri 14th April - Mon 17th April 2017 (Easter)
    53rd GEMBOREE - Lithgow, NSW
    The 53rd National Gem & Mineral Show,
    GEMBOREE 2017
    Full Details at http://aflaca.org.au/gemboree/ Tony Luchetti Showgrounds
    Barton Street,
    Lithgow, NSW
    12pm noon to 5pm Friday
    9am to 5pm Saturday
    10am to 5pm Sunday
    9am to 12pm noon Monday

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May

  • Sat 6th May - Sun 7th May 2017
    Redcliffe Gem Show, SE Queensland
    The venue is the Southern Cross Catholic Campus, Nottingham Street,  Kippa-Ring the Redcliffe Peninsula Queensland, north of Brisbane.

  • Fri 5th - Sun 7th May 2017
    Rockarama - Crystal and Craft Fair - Palmer, South Australia
    will be held over the first weekend in May May 5th 6th and 7th
    Run by Murraylands Gem and Mineral Club at Collier Park, Palmer, South Australia.

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

  • Sat 20th  - Sun 21st May 2017
    Lismore Gemfest, Lismore, Northern NSW
    At Lismore Showgrounds Ph 02 6621 4703
     

  • Sat 27th May 2017
    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 27th - Sun 28th May 2017 - Canberra ACT
    Canberra Lapidary Club's Winter Gemcraft and Mineral Show

    10am-5pm
    Exhibition Park (EPIC), Flemington Rd Mitchell, ACT
    $5 adults, $9 family, $2 children/concession 
    Contact: 02 6260 5322

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June

  • Sat 3rd - Sun 4th June 2017
    Gunyah Lapidary Club Annual Display

    Mt Cootha Gardens 
    Auditorium - Brisbane SE Qld
    Sat 9.00am – 4.00pm
    Sun 9.00am – 3.00pm
    Ph 07 3266 5060

  • Sat 3rd - Sun 4th June 2017
    Yagoona Gem and Mineral Fair, South Western Sydney, NSW
    Arena Sports Club, 140 Rookwood Road, Yagoona. Hosted by The Bankstown and Districts Lapidary Club and Crystal Habit. Traders from around Australia will be displaying their wares as well as displays and demonstrations by the Bankstown & Districts Lapidary Club. Items for sale by the many traders there will include Jewellery, gemstones, beads, opals, carvings, gem rough, lapidary cutting rough, fossils, meteorites, metaphysical and healing crystals, mineral specimens from all over the world. A great day out for the whole family. Adults $7, kids with parent/s are free! There is also a great lucky door prize for one lucky person who comes! Opening hours are 9:30 till 5:00 on Saturday and 9:30 till 4:00 on Sunday. For more information please contact Peter at raregems@optusnet.com.au or 0412 333 150.
    If your a dealer and would like to attend, please contact Peter via email for further information!

  • Sat 10th and Sun 11th June 2017
    Grafton Gem & Craft Show
    Grafton Showgrounds, northern NSW
    Saturday 9am to 4pm
    Sunday 9am to 3pm
    info@graftongemcraftshow.com or 
    phone Mike on 0429 618 331

     

  • Sat 10th - Mon 12th June - The 2nd annual Tweed River Crystal and Craft Festival - Murwillumbah, NE NSW 
    Inside & Outside Stallholders at the historic Murwillumbah Showground. The Tweed River Crystal & Craft Festival where dealers, tailgaters and local Northern Rivers craft artists can trade. We create a warm atmosphere with a variety of certified healthy food vendors and an undercover dining area where you can take some time out, eat, socialise and just enjoy the festival. It is families that bring this festival to life, with fossicking experts on hand to inspire locals to love geology even more. For the traders, this event is a lucrative business investment. We aim to attract serious rock, opal, gemstone and jewellery buyers. We advertise on face book, our website, in both local and regional newspapers, on the local radio, banners, road signs and flyers within communities from the northern rivers region and the Gold Coast. The crystal and craft scene on the north coast is dynamic and growing. We hope you can join us for this great weekend. Contact Rob Scott for more information on crystalfestivalsaustralia@gmail.com  
    or mb 0405 904 881

     

  • Sat 17th - Sun 18th June 2017
    Windsor Gem and Mineral Fair, Western Sydney, NSW
    A bi-annual fair held at The Windsor Function Centre on the corner of George Street and Dight Street Windsor.

    H
    osted by The Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club and Crystal Habit, the show will have a number of traders from around Australia displaying their wares as well as displays and demonstrations by the Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club.
    Items for sale by the many traders there will include Jewellery, gemstones, beads, opals, carvings, gem rough, lapidary cutting rough, fossils, meteorites, metaphysical and healing crystals, mineral specimens from all over the world.
    A great day out for the whole family. Adults $7, kids with parent/s are free! Opening hours are 9:30 till 5:00 on Saturday and 9:30 till 4:00 on Sunday. There is also a great lucky door prize for one lucky person who comes!

    For more information please contact Peter at raregems@optusnet.com.au or 0412 333 150

  • Fri 30th June - Sun 2nd July 2017
    Cloncurry Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival
    Mary Kathleen Memorial Park
    Cloncurry NW Queensland.
    Contact: Nathan March, friendlyheartgems@gmail.com
    Mb 0437 409 146

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July

  • Sat 1st July 2017 
    Gold Coast Gem and Craft Show - Gold Coast Queensland

    Miami State Primary School
    18 Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters

  • Sat 1st July 2017
    Caboolture Gemfest - SE Qld
    To be held at Caboolture Historical Village Beerburrum Rd. Caboolture, SE Queensland. 
    Contact Paul Futcher 07 5432 3219

  • Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th July 2017
    Hervey Bay Festival of Gems - Hervey Bay SE Qld
    At 'Star of the Sea' Catholic Primary School at 33-49 Hughes St (off Boundary Rd), Hervey Bay.
    Saturday 9am - 4pm
    Sunday 9am - 3pm
    Email: gemshow@herveybay.lapidaryclub.com.au

  • July 2017??? TBA
    Campbelltown Districts Lapidary Club Annual Exhibition and Open Day, NSW

    Email: ctownlapidaryclub@bigpond.com
    Web: www.campbelltownlapidary.org.au

    Ph 02 9618 3206

  • Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd July 2017 
    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 Debra Illingsworth on 0424 448 640 for more information.

  • July 2017???
    Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Gem Show

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

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August

  • Fri 4th - Sun 6th Aug 2017
    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 Steenbergen: Cooloola Rocks and Minerals


  • August Sat 5th -  Sun 6th 2017 Sydney Crystal Show
    Fraser Park, Sydenham, Sydney

    The Sydney Crystal Show is one of Australia's Premier Mineral, Crystal, Fossil and Jewellery Shows. 
    The leading merchants from around Australia gather for two full days of incredible natural wonders, unique gifts and treasures. An astounding variety of minerals, crystals, fossils, gemstones and jewellery are available. The event is held twice yearly just 10 minutes from the centre of Sydney. Great care has been taken to select the best and most reputable traders, to provide an exotic mix of natural pieces for customers. 

    The event is held at Fraser Park, just 350 metres from Sydenham Station. Entry is just $5 per person and each ticket gives you a chance to win one of several amazing door prizes. Great food is made freshly onsite and free car parking is available, quite a rarity in Sydney! 

    The Sydney Crystal Show is run by RocknCrystals. 
    See our website for more info:
    www.sydneycrystalshow.com
    www.facebook.com/sydneycrystalshow

  • Sat 5th August 2017
    Innisfail Gem Show, Nth Queensland
    Club House, River Avenue

  • Sat 5th Aug 2017
    Atherton Gem Show, Nth Queensland
    Club House, Racecourse Rd, Toga

  • Sat 5th Aug 2017
    North Queensland Miners Association Annual Gold Panning Championship, Mareeba, Nth Queensland

  • Thur 10th - Sun 13th Aug 2017 
    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 4985 4375
    Email:  info@gemfest.com.au
    www.gemfest.com.au

  • Sat 19th - Sun 20th Aug 2017
    Central Coast Crystal & Craft Festival 
    Gosford, central coast New South Wales
    Now in its’ 3rd year, the Central Coast Crystal & Craft Festival is well established and has become the prime location for the residents of the Central Coast to buy their rocks, minerals, fossils, craft, unique jewellery and the wonderful range of geology that is on sale at this show. We have inside and outside dealers, food and coffee vendors. This show is well advertised on face book, our website, local newspapers, local radio, a variegated message board, banners, road signs and flyers within communities and businesses of the region. Please feel welcome to enquire about attending this show. Please note Inside stalls are now limited.
    Contact Rob Scott for more information on crystalfestivalsaustralia@gmail.com or mb 0405 904 881

  • Sat 26th - Sun 27th August 2017
    Carlingford Gem & Mineral Fair, Sydney outskirts NSW

    Held at the Roselea Community Centre, 645 Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford. Lots of traders from around Australia as well as displays and demonstrations from the the local lapidary club, Northern Districts Lapidary Club, as well as the NSW Mineralogical Society. Items for sale by the many traders there will include Jewellery, gemstones, beads, opals, carvings, gem rough, lapidary cutting rough, fossils, meteorites, metaphysical and healing crystals, mineral specimens from all over the world. Also on display will be the Museum of Comparative Zoological Australia, come and see their dinosaurs as well as other skeletons cast from the original bones! A great day out for the whole family. Adults $7, kids with parent/s are free! Opening hours are 9:30 till 5:00 on Saturday and 9:30 till 4:00 on Sunday. There is also a great lucky door prize for one lucky person who comes!

    For more information please contact Peter at raregems@optusnet.com.au or 0412 333 150

  • Sat 19th - Sun 20th August 2017
    Rockhampton Gem Show

  • Sat 26th August 2017
    Waterloo Bay Gem Show, Hemmant, Brisbane, SE Queensland

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

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September 

  • Sat 2nd September 2017
    Ipswich and District Lapidary Club Show, Ipswich, SE Queensland
    Silkstone state Primary School
    Prospect Street Silkstone
    8.00am – 3.00pm

  • Sept??? 2017 TBA
    Mildura and District Gem and Mineral Club Annual Show, Mildura NW Victoria

    Any information required please phone Hellyn Parker on (03) 50245 451 or 0408 502 340

  • Sat 9th - Sun 10th Sept 2017
    Bribie Island Gem Show, Bribie Island, SE Queensland

    Arts Centre 191 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach, Bribie Is Gem Festival Co-ordinator: Kel Barlett
    Email: kel@bribieisland.lapidaryclub.com.au
    Web site: www.bribieisland.lapidaryclub.com.au

  • Sept??? 2017 TBA
    Waverley Gem Club Exhibition, Melbourne, Victoria

    Brandon Park Community Centre, 645 Ferntree Gully Road Glen Waverley

  • Sat 23rd- Sun 24th?? Sept 2017
    Caloundra Gem Show, Caloundra

    Queen Street and George Street, Caloundra
    Website: http://www.caloundralapidaryclub.org.au

  • Sat 23rd- Sun 24th Sept 2017
    2nd Camden Crystal & Craft Festival
    A H & I Hall Camden Showground. Inside Stallholders Only.
    The Camden Crystal & Craft Festival is located in the fastest growing area of NSW. The 1st show was well received and supported by the residents of the surrounding area. There have been many enquiries made already from the locals anticipating the 2nd Show. As with all our shows, the ultimate advertising will be made, this includes face book, our website, local newspapers, local radio, banners, road signs and flyers within local communities, schools and businesses. This show at the moment is for inside dealers only, but although the stalls are measured by the frontage, there is one set of wall stalls that are 3m deep. Please feel welcome to enquire about attending this show. Contact Rob Scott for more information on crystalfestivalsaustralia@gmail.com  
    or mb 0405 904 881

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October

  • Wed 4th - Thurs 5th October 2017
    (the entire seminar with field trips will run from 30th September - 6th October 2017)
    Joint Mineralogical Societies of Australasia 40th Annual Seminar Hahndorf, South Australia

    Seminar and Field trips run by the Mineralogical Society of South Australia. 
    Subject:  Copper Minerals - Copper State              
    Venue:  Hahndorf Resort Conference Centre
    Excursions will be held pre and post Seminar.

    Latest information on the seminar webpage!

  • Sat 7th Oct 2017
    Beenleigh Lapidary Club Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Beenleigh, SE Queensland. 
    Beenleigh Showgrounds, Beenleigh, Qld
    8am - 4pm

     

  • Sat 7th - Sun 8th Oct 2017
    Coffs Harbour Gems, Jewellery, Crystal & Craft Festival, Coffs Harbour, NSW
    Coffs Harbour Showground, Pacific Highway. Inside & Outside Stallholders.
    Welcome to the 1st Coffs Harbour Gems Jewellery Crystal & Craft Festival, to be held in the Exhibition Hall, Coffs Harbour Showground. This showground is located on the busy Pacific Highway, in the middle of town. We have hired the showgrounds electronic variegated message board, located on the highway for 2 weeks and along with adverts in local papers, local radio, face book, our web site, banners along the highway showground fence, road signs and flyers within the local communities and businesses. Coffs Harbour is a Tourist town and is also surrounded by vibrant communities, like Dorrigo, Bellingen, Nambucca Heads and Red Rock. This event is on during school holidays. We welcome inside and outside dealers to contact us about this show. Contact Rob Scott for more information on crystalfestivalsaustralia@gmail.com  
    or mb 0405 904 881

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November

  • Sat 4th - Sun 5th November 2017 - Canberra ACT
    Canberra Lapidary Club's Spring Gemcraft and Mineral Show

    10am-5pm
    Exhibition Park (EPIC), Flemington Rd Mitchell, ACT
    $5 adults, $9 family, $2 children/concession

  • Sat 4th - Sun 5th November 2017 
    Bundaberg Gem and Mineral Society Gemfair - Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. Bundaberg SE Qld
    Civic Centre, Bourbong Street Bundaberg. Queensland

  • Sat 11th - Sun 12th November 2017 - 14th Annual Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair, Zeehan, Western Tasmania
    At Zeehan Primary School, Belstead Street, Zeehan, Tasmania. For more info contact Kim 0417 157 678

  • Nov??? 2017 TBA
    Geelong Gem & Mineral Club Annual Exhibition & Gem Show, Geelong, Victoria

    Held at Centenary Hall, Cox Road Norlane, Victoria 
    Melway Ref, 432.10A.
    For more information, please contact Carol on 
    mobile: 0411 055 297

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th November 2017 - Launceston Gem Show, Tasmania
    Location: Still to be announced
    Email gem@au.pe
    Or go to www.gemshow.au.pe


  • Saturday 18th November 2017
    Suncoast Gem and Fossicking Club Show
    Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast SE Queensland
    Mooloolaba State School, Douglas St, Mooloolaba.
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Kay Chambers kaychambers1950@gmail.com

  • Sat 26th - Sun 27th Nov 2015
    The Windsor Gem & Mineral Fair western Sydney NSW
    The Fair is a bi-annual fair and is held at The Windsor Function Centre on the corner of George Street and Dight Street Windsor. The fair is hosted by The Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club and Crystal Habit. We will have a number of traders from around Australia displaying their wares as well as displays and demonstrations by the Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club. 
    A great day out for the whole family. Adults $7, kids with parent/s are free! Opening hours are 9:30 till 5:00 on Saturday and 9:30 till 4:00 on Sunday. 
    For more information please contact Peter at raregems@optusnet.com.au or 0412 333 150

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December

  • Sat 2nd - 3rd December 2017 Sydney Crystal Show
    Fraser Park, Sydenham, Sydney

    The Sydney Crystal Show is one of Australia's Premier Mineral, Crystal, Fossil and Jewellery Shows. 
    The leading merchants from around Australia gather for two full days of incredible natural wonders, unique gifts and treasures. An astounding variety of minerals, crystals, fossils, gemstones and jewellery are available. The event is held twice yearly just 10 minutes from the centre of Sydney. Great care has been taken to select the best and most reputable traders, to provide an exotic mix of natural pieces for customers. 

    The event is held at Fraser Park, just 350 metres from Sydenham Station. Entry is just $5 per person and each ticket gives you a chance to win one of several amazing door prizes. Great food is made freshly onsite and free car parking is available, quite a rarity in Sydney! 

    The Sydney Crystal Show is run by RocknCrystals. 
    See our website for more info:
    www.sydneycrystalshow.com
    www.facebook.com/sydneycrystalshow


  • Sat 9th - Sun 10th December 2017
    Byron Bay Crystal, Craft & Jewellery Xmas Spectacular
    Inside stallholders only - this is a great show, in NSW busiest Tourist town, held at the Cavanbah Centre, Byron Bay. This year the show has moved into the one larger room. We have finally gained the support of Byron Bay Council, making advertising easier and the inclusion in their newsletters. We advertise on the Cavanbah Centres’ roadside message board, as well as face book, our website, local radio, two local newspapers, banners, road signs and of course flyers within the local communities, schools and businesses. We look forward to hearing from you about attending this show. Contact Rob Scott for more information on crystalfestivalsaustralia@gmail.com  
    or mb 0405 904 881

 


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