2016
Australian
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).

2016

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February

  • Sat 27th February 2016 
    Gatton Gem Show, SE Queensland

    Shire Hall, North Street, Gatton, SE Queensland
    8am - 5pm

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March

  • Sat 5th - Sun 6th March 2016
    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 5th - Sun 6th March 2016 
    Crystal Habit Back from Tucson Show
    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 at the new stock fresh from our return from the Tucson Show. 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 11th - Sat 12th - Sun 13 March 2016
    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 19th - Sun 20th March 2016 
    Hobart Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Hobart Tasmania
     
    Presented by the Lapidary Club of Tasmania
    Grandstand Hall, Showgrounds, Glenorchy, Hobart
    9am - 5pm Sat
    9am - 4pm Sun

  • Sat 19th - Sun 20th March 2016 
    New England Lapidary Club Show, Armidale, NSW
     
    25th Annual Gem And Craft Show at Armidale Showground by New England Lapidary & Fossicking Club Inc. 19th March, 2016 9 am – 5 pm 20th March, 2016 9 am – 3 pm. Free Entry, see a spectacular array of gems, rocks, crystals, jewellery, gifts, craft, beads and lapidary books/supplies/equipment and much more, all on sale at the show. Raffle Tickets $1.00 Great prizes. B.B.Q Breakfast & Lunch/Light Refreshments Available. Stall holders welcome – public liability insurance required, For details or to book – contact the organisers on (02) 6778 4931 email nelfc@hotmail.com

  • Fri 25th March - Sun 28th March 2016 (Easter)
    Warwicks, Rocks, Antiques and collectibles fair
    Warwick, SE Queensland, at the showgrounds

  • Fri 25th March - Mon 29th March 2016 (Easter)
    52nd GEMBOREE - Ulverstone, Tasmania
    The 52nd National Gem & Mineral Show, GEMBOREE 2016
    Full Details at http://aflaca.org.au/gemboree/

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April

  • Sat 16th - Sun 17th April 2016 
    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

  • Fri 29th April - Sun 1st May 2016
    Rockarama - Crystal and Craft Fair - Palmer, South Australia

    Run by Murraylands Gem and Mineral Club at Collier Park, Palmer, South Australia. In addition, and at the same location, the Rockarama features the South Australian Metal Detecting Championships on Sunday 1st of May, 2016. The metal detecting competition has been quite popular over the years and continues to be well sponsored. See videos on the club website.

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

  • Sat 30th April - Sun 1st May 2016
    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.

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May

  • Fri 29th April - Sun 1st May 2016
    Rockarama - Crystal and Craft Fair - Palmer, South Australia

    Run by Murraylands Gem and Mineral Club at Collier Park, Palmer, South Australia. In addition, and at the same location, the Rockarama features the South Australian Metal Detecting Championships on Sunday 1st of May, 2016. The metal detecting competition has been quite popular over the years and continues to be well sponsored. See videos on the club website.

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

  • Sat 30th April - Sun 1st May 2016
    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 14th  - Sun 15th May 2016
    Lismore Gemfest, Lismore, Northern NSW
    At Lismore Showgrounds Ph 02 6621 4703
     

  • Sat 28th May 2016
    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 28th - Sun 29th May 2016 - 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 4th - Sun 5th June 2016
    Gunyah Lapidary Club Annual Display

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

  • Sat 11th - Sun 12th June 2016
    Grafton Gem & Craft Show
    Grafton Showgrounds, northern NSW

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th June 2016
    Byron Bay Gem Rocks & Jewellery Show
    Cavanbah Centre, Byron Bay Regional Sports and Cultural Complex, 249 Ewingsdale Road Byron Bay, northern NSW

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th June 2016
    Windor Gem and Mineral Fair, Sydney outskirts 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

  • Sat 25th June 2016 
    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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July

  • Fri 1st - Sun 3rd July 2016
    Cloncurry Rockhana Gem and Mineral Festival
    Cloncurry NW Queensland.
    Contact: Nathan March

  • Sat 9th - Sun 10th July 2016
    Hervey Bay Festival of Gems - Hervey Bay SE Qld
    To be held at Star of the Sea Catholic School, 39 Hughes Road.

  • Sat 9th - Sun 10th July 2016
    Campbelltown Districts Lapidary Club Annual Exhibition
    The Greg Percival Centre Oxford St Ingleburn,(SW of Sydney, New South Wales)

    Gemstones, minerals, handcrafted jewellery.
    Rough and polished gemstones, Opals, Agate, Quartz and specimens.
    Crystals, minerals, beads, tools and findings
    Contact: Suzy Brandstater


    Sat 16th July 2016
    Caboolture Gemfest - SE Qld
    To be held at Caboolture Historical Village Beerburrum Rd. Caboolture, SE Queensland. 
    Contact Paul Futcher 07 5432 3219

  • Sat 23rd - Sun 24th July 2016 
    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 30th - Sun 31st July 2016
    Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Gem Show

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

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August

  • Fri 5th - Sun 7th Aug 2016 
    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

  • Sat 6th - Sun 7th August 2016, Sydney Crystal Show, Marrickville, Inner Sydney NSW
    9.00am – 5.00pm

    Fraser Park Pavilion,
    100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
    (Close to the Sydenham Train Station)
    Less than 10km from the CBD!
    rockncrystals@gmail.com or phone (02) 9559 6737
    http://www.sydneycrystalshow.com

  • Sat 6th Aug 2016
    Ipswich and District Lapidary Club Show, Ipswich, SE Queensland
    Showgrounds, Warwick Road, Ipswich

  • Sat 6th Aug 2016
    Innisfail Gem Show, Nth Queensland
    Club House, River Avenue

  • Sun 7th Aug 2016
    Atherton Gem Show, Nth Queensland
    Club House, Racecourse Rd, Toga

  • Fri 12th - Sun 14th Aug 2016 
    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
    www.gemfest.com.au

  • Sat 27th - Sun 28th August 2016
    Carlingford Gem & Mineral Fair, Sydney outskirts NSW
    This fair is held at The Roselea Community Centre which is located at 645 Pennant Hills Road. We will have lots of traders from around Australia as well as displays and demonstrations from the 2 local lapidary clubs, Parramatta Holroyd Club as well as Northern Districts Lapidary Club, as well as the NSW Mineralogical Society. 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

  • Sat 27th August 2016
    Waterloo Bay Gem Show, Hemmant, Brisbane, SE Queensland

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

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September 

  • Sat 3rd - Sun 4th Sept 2016
    Mildura and District Gem and Mineral Club Annual Show, Mildura NW Victoria
    This year will be our 24th annual event. It is to held at the Sunraysia Masonic Centre Irymple Calder Highway, 15th Street, Irymple 6 km from the Mildura CBD. Any information required please phone Hellyn Parker on (03) 50245 451 or 0408 502 340 

  • Sat 10th - Sun 11th Sept 2016
    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

  • Sat 17th - Sun 18th Sept 2016
    Waverley Gem Club Exhibition, Melbourne, Victoria

    Brandon Park Community Centre, 645 Ferntree Gully Road Glen Waverley

    The annual Waverley Gem Club Exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm both days and includes jewellery, gemstones, crystals, rocks, mineral and fossil sales, gemstone identification, fossicking, faceting and silversmith demonstrations, showcases and more. Devonshire Teas and a canteen are on site.

    Contact Gwen on 0407 512 883 for further information.

  • Sat 24th Sept 2016
    Caloundra Gem Show, Caloundra

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

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October

  • Sat 1st -  Mon 3rd October 2016 
    Joint Mineralogical Societies of Australasia 39th Annual Seminar Brisbane, Queensland

    Seminar and Field trips run by the Mineralogical Society of Queensland. Seminar will be held in the Theaterette of the Qld Museum and a dinner will be held on Saturday night. A mineral sale will be held on the Sunday morning before the first session.
    Information soon to come!

     

  • Sat 1st -  Mon 3rd October 2016 
    NSW GEMKHANA Hawkesbury Showground 
    The competition between lapidaries from across the State, and often other States, too, will inspire new and older members to try a new aspect of this great hobby.

    As a special treat the Museum of Comparative Zoology has agreed to attend again this year, and will have a model of the fierce Albertasaurus,  along with many other pre-historic models.

    Traders have lots of wonderful things to tempt us; a great chance to buy gifts for those hard to please people, and tailgaters who may well have that special something you’ve been hunting for.

    Demonstrations  by experienced club members always attract a lot of attention, and the free activities for children will keep their interest for some time. Camping is available. Wheelchair access is easy.  Parking plentiful.  Refreshments top notch.  So come and join us. 

    Contact: Marilyn Behrens : 02 9635 8218 mbehrens@optusnet.com.au

  • Sat 1 Oct 2016
    Beenleigh Lapidary Club Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Beenleigh, SE Queensland. 
    Beenleigh Showgrounds, Beenleigh, Qld
    8am - 4pm

  • Sat 8 Oct Nambour GEMFEST, held at the Nambour Showgrounds, SE QLD  
    This year is bigger and better than ever before with well over 120 stalls, all undercover in the Main Pavilion and 2 large Outdoor pavilions. 

    This is one of the most popular shows of the year, with traders and dealers showcasing fantastic Crystals, Jewellery, gemstones, opals, minerals, crafts and much more. 

    Lots of lucky door prizes, Great Raffle, kids fossicking, Prizes for kids puzzle corner. All day food and drinks, and more. 

    Entry is still only $4.00, kids under 12 free.
    Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/nambourlapidaryclubinc/home
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NambourLapidaryClubInc/

  • Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd Oct 2016
    Toowoomba Lapidary Club Gemfest Gem and Jewellery Show
    All items are FOR SALE.
    Centenary Heights High School, Assembly Hall, Ramsay Street,
    T
    oowoomba, Qld. Sat: 9.00-5.00, Sun: 9.00-3.00.
    Ph:  D Radke (Chairman) on 0417 611 820
    For more information, www.toowoombalapidaryclub.org

     

  • Sat 29th - Sun 30th Oct 2016 - 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

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November

  • Sat 5th - Sun 6th Nov 2016 - 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, 
    Email:
    kimdunstan@activ8.net.au

  • Sat 5th -  Sun 6th Nov 2016 
    Bundaberg
    Gem and Mineral Society Gemfair - Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. Bundaberg SE Qld
    Civic Centre, Bourbong Street Bundaberg. Queensland

  • Sat 12th - Sun 13th Nov 2016 - Launceston Gem Show, Tasmania

  • Sat 19th Nov 2016
    SUNCOAST GEM & 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 3rd - Sun 4th December 2016, Sydney Crystal Show, Marrickville, Inner Sydney NSW
    9.00am – 5.00pm

    Fraser Park Pavilion,
    100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
    (Close to the Sydenham Train Station)
    Less than 10km from the CBD!
    rockncrystals@gmail.com
    or phone (02) 9559 6737
    http://www.sydneycrystalshow.com

 


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