2024
Australian
Gem & Mineral Calendar

CROCOITE - Dundas, Tasmania
(photography F. Coffa)

Crocoite, Dundas, Tasmania

This page is always a work in progress, as I sometimes have difficulty in finding out many of the dates. 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. 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!)

2024

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January

 

February

  • Sat 24th Feb 2024
    Gatton Lapidary Club Show, Gatton, SE Queensland
    Gatton Shire Hall
    North Street, Gatton
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm


  • Sun 25th Feb 2024
    Illawarra Lapidary Club Inc. Rock Swap
    Stuart Park, George Hanley Drive, North Wollongong
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Club members and others will be selling Jewellery, Gemstones, Cabochons, Minerals, Opals, Findings, Beads & Fossils and maybe some Lapidary equipment. Come along for a great day.

    You can find us at our website www.illawarralapidaryclub.com.au or like and follow us on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/IllawarraLC

March

  • Sat 2nd Mar 2024
    North Brisbane Lapidary Club Show, Nundah, Brisbane, SE Queensland
    574 Nudgee Road Nundah
    Albert Bishop Park
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm


  • Fri 8th - Sat 9th - Sun 10th March 2024
    Minerama, Glen Innes, northern NSW 
    Annual Gem Show, Show Grounds, Glen Innes

    Trading Hours: -
    9:00am - 4:00pm Fri - Sat and 9:00am - 2:00pm Sun

    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.


    Contact: website - https://www.minerama.com.au

  • Sat 16th - Sun 17th March 2024
    Canberra Rock Swap

    Exhibition Centre (EPIC) - Parrot Park
    Flemington Road, Mitchell ACT 2911

    Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm. Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Entry: Free
    Sales: Fossickers & dealers selling: Minerals, crystals, jewellery, rough & cut gemstones, opals and fossils

    Other: Sieves for sapphires and pan for gold
    Contact: canberralapidary@gmail.com
    Web: https://www.canberralapidary.org.au
    Email: nmendue@optusnet.com.au

  • Sat 23rd March 2024, Mudgeeraba, SE Queensland
    Mudgeeraba Community Gem Show

    Mudgeeraba Show grounds
    Mudgeeraba Rd, Mudgeeraba SE QLD
    Gates open from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. 
    Admission $5 - children under 12 free
    The entrance price to the gem show also includes exclusive access to tailgaters and dealer stalls.

    Among the tailgaters you will find fossicked rocks, slabs, mineral specimens, gemstones, crystals and all forms of lapidary rough, Alongside the tailgaters are the dealers who sell the tools of the trade, machinery and consumables.

    Within the hall are Exhibitors selling rough gemstones, faceted stones, cabochons of gemstones and opal, jewellery, fossils, mineral specimens, lapidary tools and equipment and much more


April

  • Sat 6th - Sun 7th April 2024, Wondai, Queensland
    The South Burnett Gem Show 2024,
    Wondai Sports Ground, Wondai, Queensland
    Hosted by the South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club Inc.
    Wondai Sports Ground and Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway, Wondai

    Sat 6th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sun 7th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    The show will feature both Inside Traders and Outside Tailgaters at the above spacious grounds, and will include Rock and Mineral Displays, Raffles, Demonstrations, Door Prizes, Thunder Egg Cutting, Food and Drink and Sand Sieving for the kids.

    Entry $5:00 per person with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

    For more information contact the secretary at sbgemandfossickingclub@outlook.com 
    or Ph 0491 606 427
    Website: https://southburnettgems.org


  • Fri 29th March - Mon 1st April 2024, Willunga, South Australia
    Gemboree 2024 - South Australia

    The 60th National Gem and Mineral Show
    To be held at Willunga, South Australia
    Further information ring Convenor Chris Rowe on 0400 207 095
    PO Box 5074 Alberton SA 5074
    Email:
    clrowe1@bigpond.com

  • Fri 29th - Sun 31 March 2024, Warwick, SE Queensland
    The Warwick Rock swap & Antique bottle & collectables fair 
    on the Easter weekend at the Warwick showgrounds 
    Gates open from 8.30 to 5 pm, closes Sunday at 2.00 pm. 
    Admission $5 Displays of rocks & antique bottles, swap & selling sites. For more information or booking sites phone Peter on 0499372040.

  • Sat 20th - Sun 21st April 2024, Windsor, NSW
    National Gem and Crystal Expo, Windsor

    Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium,
    Stewart Street, South Windsor, NSW
    Sat 20th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sun 21st 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Sat 20th - Sun 21st April 2024, Tea Tree Gully, Adelaide, South Australia
    The Tea Tree Gully Gem and Mineral Club

    Tea Tree Gully Primary School gymnasium, corner of Memorial Drive 
    and Neale Street, Tea Tree Gully, Adelaide, SA

    This event features a club mineral stall and trading table as well as local and interstate dealers selling mineral specimens, crystals, fossils, cut gemstones, handcrafted jewellery, lapidary material, tools and equipment and much more. Grab bags and free giveaways for young rockhounds, a canteen serving light refreshments, and a raffle.
    Times - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sat and Sun
    Entry $5.00, Children under 12 Free when accompanied by an adult

    Contact - Ian on 0417 859 443 or email - gmcteatreegully@gmail.com

May

  • Sat 4th May 2024
    Redcliffe Lapidary Club Open Day Recliffe, SE Queensland
    Redcliffe Show Grounds, Redcliffe, QLD

  • Sun 5th May 2024
    Illawarra Lapidary Club Inc. Open Day
    51 Meadow Street, Tarrawanna
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Club members selling Mineral Specimens, Fossils, Lapidary Materials, Jewellery & more.

    Morning Tea (proceeds to the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea) and Sausage Sizzle Lunch available.

    You can find us at our website www.illawarralapidaryclub.com.au or like and follow us on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/IllawarraLC

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th May 2024
    Lismore Gemfest, Lismore Gem and Lapidary Club Inc.
    Showgrounds Lismore, 
    116 Alexandra Road, Lismore
    Northern NSW

     
    Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Contact: lismore.gemfest@gemclublismore.org.au
    Web:
    www.lismoregemfest.com.au

  • Sat 25th May 2024
    Mount Gravatt Lapidary Society show - Mt Gravatt, Brisbane, SE Queensland
    Carson Lane, 1873 Logan Road Upper Mt Gravatt 
    Sat 25th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Sat 25th - 26th May 2024
    Canberra Winter Gemcraft & Mineral Show
    Exhibition Park (EPIC) - Mallee Pavilion

    Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm. Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Entry: $8 Adults. $12 Family. $5 Concession Free Under 16
    Sales: Gem, Mineral, Jewellery & Lapidary dealers
    Minerals, fossils, jeweller, rough & cut gemstones, crystals, opals, beads
    Other: Age of Fishes Museum - Information & Fossil Exhibits

    Contact: canberralapidary@gmail.com
    Web: https://www.canberralapidary.org.au
    Email: nmendue@optusnet.com.au

June

  • TBA Gold Coast Gem Show

July

  • TBA Hervey Bay Gem Show

  • Sun 9th July 2024
    Illawarra Lapidary Club Inc. - Xmas in July
    FREE Entry - 51 Meadow Street, Tarrawanna
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Club members selling Mineral Specimens,

    Fossils, Lapidary Materials, Jewellery & more.

    Morning Tea and Sausage Sizzle Lunch available.

    You can find us at our website www.illawarralapidaryclub.com.au or like and follow us on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/IllawarraLC

August

  • Sat 10th August 2024
    Redcliffe Lapidary Club Open Day Recliffe, SE Queensland
    Redcliffe Show Grounds, Redcliffe, QLD


  • Sat 17th Aug 2024 Caboolture Gemfest, SE Queensland
    Caboolture Historical Village, Caboolture

  • Sat 17th - Sun 18th Aug 2024 Rockhampton Gem Expo, Rockhampton, Central Queensland
    Rockhampton Showgrounds

  • Sat 31st Aug 2024 Waterloo Bay Gem Show, Hemmant, Brisbane, SE Queensland
    Hemmant Community Hall, Hemmant, Brisbane


September

  • Sat 29th - Sun 30th September 2024 State Gem and Mineral Show, Clarendon, NSW
    Hawkesbury Showgrounds

October

  • Sat 5th October 2024 - Beenleigh, SE Queensland
    Beenleigh Gem Festival
    Beenleigh Showgrounds, Kent Street, Beenleigh, SE Queensland
    7:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Sat 5th - Mon 7th October 2024
    46th Annual Seminar of the Joint Mineralogical Societies of Australasia

    Theme is
    "Speakers Choice"

    Queensland Museum, Southbank, Brisbane, Queensland

    Field trips and Gem and Mineral Show visits after the seminar. 

    NOTE: This is a preliminary guide for forward planning. Please check closer to the date.

    Please contact John Hayward for further information 
    email: jonward99@optusnet.com.au

    Web Page:
    http://www.mineral.org.au/seminar/seminar24.html

  • Sat 12th October 2024 - Nambour, SE Queensland
    Nambour Gemfest
    Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour, SE Queensland

  • Sat 19th - Sun 20th October 2024 - Toowoomba, SE Queensland
    Toowoomba Gemfest
    Centenary Heights State High School,
    60 Ramsay St, Toowoomba

November

  • Sat 2nd - Sun 3 Nov 2024
    Illawarra Lapidary Club Inc. 

    62nd Anniversary Jewelery, Gems and Minerals Festival
    At Heininger Hall, Ribbonwood Centre, 109 Princes Hwy, Dapto

    Sat 2 Nov 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sun 3 Nov 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

    Entry: Adults $5, children under 12 years free

    Featuring: Gemstone Faceting, Cabochon Cutting, Silver Crafts, Jewellery Making and Valuations, Mineral Group, Club and Fossicking Information, Refreshments, Raffle and Kid’s Games.

    Dealers Selling: Lapidary Supplies, Minerals, Jewellery, Crystals, Findings, Fossils. Beads and Opals.

    You can find us at our website www.illawarralapidaryclub.com.au or like and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IllawarraLC

  • Sat 2nd - 3rd November 2024
    Canberra Spring Gemcraft & Mineral Show
    Exhibition Park (EPIC) - Mallee Pavilion

    Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm. Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Entry: $8 Adults. $12 Family. $5 Concession Free Under 16
    Sales: Gem, Mineral, Jewellery & Lapidary dealers
    Minerals, fossils, jeweller, rough & cut gemstones, crystals, opals, beads
    Other: Age of Fishes Museum - Information & Fossil Exhibits

    Contact: canberralapidary@gmail.com
    Web: https://www.canberralapidary.org.au
    Email: nmendue@optusnet.com.au

  • Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd November 2024 - Bundaberg, Queensland
    Bundaberg Gemfair
    Bundaberg Recreational Precinct 
    University Drive, Bundaberg, Queensland

  • Sat 23rd November 2024
    Redcliffe Lapidary Club Open Day Recliffe, SE Queensland
    Redcliffe Show Grounds, Redcliffe, QLD

  • Sun 24th Nov 2024
    Illawarra Lapidary Club Inc. 

    “Open Day” Christmas Market
    51 Meadow Street, Tarrawanna 2518
    Stalls selling Crystals, Minerals, Fossils, Lapidary Materials and Jewellery.

    Morning Tea and Sausage Sizzle Lunch available.

    You can find us at our website www.illawarralapidaryclub.com.au or like and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IllawarraLC

  

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