2019
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!)

2019

Jan I Feb  I MarApr  I May  I  JunJul  I AugSepOctNov  I  Dec

February

  • Sat 23rd February 2019 
    Gatton Gem Show, North Street, Gatton,
    SE Queensland

    Shire Hall North Street, Gatton
    8.00am – 4.00pm

  • Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Februrary 2019
    Camden Crystal and Craft Festival, Camden, NSW
    AH & I Hall Camden Showgrounds
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

March

  • Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd March 2019 
    Crystal Habit
    Back from Tucson show
    Turramurra Masonic Hall
    Contact Peter at raregems@optusnet.com.au 
    or 0412 333 150

  • Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd March 2019
    North Brisbane Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Festival
    Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Sunday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

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


  • Fri 8th - Sat 9th - Sun 10th March 2018
    Minerama, Glen Innes, northern NSW Annual Gem Show - Show Grounds, 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 16th - Sun 17th March 2019 
    New England Lapidary Club show
    Armidale New South Wales

    Armidale showground
    9.00am – 5.00pm and 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Contact info@nelfc.com
    or 02 6772 1001

  • Sat 23rd - Sun 24th March 2019 
    Devonport Club Jewellery, Gem & Mineral Fair
    East Devonport Primary School, Tasmania

    9.00am – 4.00pm each day
    Beautiful & amazing pieces of jewellery, plus gems and minerals from Tasmania, mainland Australia & around the world, are showcased to admire & purchase.

    Lapidary supplies & equipment etc., will be available for sale. Faceting & cabochon demonstrations, plus children's gem sieving & gem/gold panning activities, each day. Delicious food & refreshments available on-site, all weekend. 

    Entry fee = Adults $5.00     Children under 16 = FREE !!
    All enquiries - Collene Donaghy (Co-ordinator)
    Mb: 0407 165 005 
    website - www.devonportlapidary.com.au

  • Sat 23rd - Sun 24th March 2019 
    Grafton Gem Crystal and Fossil Show, Grafton, N NSW
    Grafton Showgrounds, Prince Street, Grafton

    9.00am – 4.00pm Saturday
    9.00am – 3.00pm Sunday
    Contact Shirley 0499 344 343
    info@gemcrystalfossilshow.com
    www.gemcrystalfossilshow.com

April

  • Sat 6th - Sun 7th April 2019
    Newcastle, NSW
    Details to come
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 13th - Sun 14th April 2019
    Kingaroy, SE Queensland
    The inaugural Gem, Rock and Lapidary Show of the South Burnett Gem and Fossicking Club Inc., is to be held in the Kingaroy Showgrounds, from 9:00am -  4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday
    Enquiries please contact Leah Wright on 07 4163 5026 or email Phil Page on phil.page@beagle.com.au
     

  • Fri 19th - Mon 22nd April 2019 (Easter)
    55th National Gem and Mineral Show 
    GEMBOREE - Rockhampton, Queensland
    The 55th National Gem & Mineral Show,
    GEMBOREE 2019
    Full Details at http://aflaca.org.au/gemboree/ 

May

  • Sat 4th - Sun 5th May 2019 
    Palmer Crystal and Craft Fair, South Australia
    The Murraylands Gem and Mineral Club’s 2019 Rockarama "Crystal and Craft Fair" will be held at Collier Park, Palmer, South Australia

    This event also includes the 2019 South Australian Metal Detecting Championships which will be held at Collier Park, Palmer, South Australia, on Sunday May 5th, 2019 (Session 1 - Morning competition 10.30am - 11.30am, Session 2 - Afternoon competition 1.00pm - 2.00pm, and the competition prize presentation is at 2.45pm.). Public Entry to all the weekend events is FREE.

    MGMC Website:
    https://www.murraylandsgemandmineralclub.com

  • Sat 11th - Sun 12th May 2019
    Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast SE Queensland - The Gold Coast Crystal & Craft Festival
    Venue - Albert Waterways Community Centre
    61-89 Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters 
    Crystal Festivals A ustralia presents the first annual Gold Coast Crystal and Craft Festival. This Festival will offer a limited number of internal stall holder positions only and aims to offer residents of the Gold Coast & surrounds a Festival where they can purchase their opals, precious and semi-precious gemstone jewellery, gemstones and gem rough, minerals, fossils and crafts, off experienced and competent traders.

    Contact Rob Scott for more information and your Dealer Contract for your chance to participate. crystalfestivalsaustralia@gmail.com 
    or mb 0405 904 881
     
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

June

  • Sat 1st - Sun 2nd June 2019
    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 8th - Sun 9th - Monday 10th June 2019
    Murwillumbah, N NSW
    Murwillumbah Showgrounds - Details to come
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 15th - Sun 16th June 2019
    Mullumbimby, N NSW
    Mullimbimby Showgrounds - Details to come
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au


  • Sat 15th - Sun 16th June 2019
    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

  • Sat 29 June 2019
    Gold Coast Gem and Craft Show, SE Queensland
    80 Pacific Avenue, Miami, SE Queensland
    Tailgating show only this year - no inside trading
    8am - 4pm
    Ph 07 5526 1190
    email: secretary@goldcoastlapidaryclub.com.au

July

  • Sat 6th - Sun 7th July 2019
    Yarralumla Woolshed
    Canberra, ACT

    Details to come
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 20th - Sun 21st July 2019
    Tea Tree Gully Gem and Mineral Club’s 2019 Biennial Exhibition, South Australia
    Tea Tree Gully Primary School Gymnasium, Corner of Memorial Drive and Neale Street, Tea Tree Gully, South Australia, over the weekend of Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st, 2019.

    This event includes: items on show and for sale (crystals, minerals, gemstones, fossils, jewellery, rocks, craft-ware, plants) carving demonstration, free gem testing, food and refreshments, and a raffle.

    TTGGMC Website: https://teatreegullygemandmineralclub.com
    TTGGMC President (Ian): 0417 859 443
    TTGGMC Email: teatreegullygmc@gmail.com

  • Sat 27th - Sun 28th July 2019
    Brisbane
    Details to come
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au


August

  • Sat 3rd August 2019
    Caboolture Gemfest - SE Qld
    To be held at Caboolture Historical Village Beerburrum Rd. Caboolture, SE Queensland. 
    Contact Paul Futcher 07 5432 3219


  • Fri 2nd - Sat 3rd - Sun 4th Aug 2019
    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 17th - Sun 18th August 2019
    Gosford, Central Coast NSW
    5th Annual Crystal and Craft Festival
    Gosford Showgrounds, Gosford
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 24th - Sun 25th August 2019
    Carlingford Gem & Mineral Fair, Sydney outskirts NSW

    Held at the Roselea Community Centre, 645 Pennant Hills Road.
    Saturday 9am – 5.30pm Sunday 9am-2pm
    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 31st August - Sun 1 September 2019
    The 42nd Joint Mineralogical Societies of Australasia Seminar - see web page

    Hosted by the Mineralogical Society of Western Australia
    Venue: Perth, Western Australia

  • Sat 31st August 2019
    Frankston and Peninsula Lapidary Club Annual Exhibition. 
    Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Vic
    Peninsula Community Theatre, 90 Wilsons Road, Mornington
    More details: http://www.frankstonlapidaryclub.com


September

  • Sun 1st September 2019
    Frankston and Peninsula Lapidary Club Annual Exhibition. 
    Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Vic
    Peninsula Community Theatre, 90 Wilsons Road, Mornington
    More details: http://www.frankstonlapidaryclub.com


  • Sat 7th September 2019
    Ipswich and District Lapidary Club Show, Ipswich, SE Queensland
    Silkstone state Primary School
    Prospect Street Silkstone
    8.00am – 3.00pm

  • Sat 7th - Sun 8th September 2019
    National Opal & Aussie Gemstones
    Canberra, ACT

    Royal Albert Hall, Canberra
    Details to come
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 21st - Sun 22nd September 2019
    Camden Crystal and Craft Festival, Camden, NSW
    AH & I Hall Camden Showgrounds
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 28th - Sun 29th September 2019
    2019 Gemkhana, Richmond, NSW
    (west of Sydney)
    The show put on by the Gem and Lapidary Council of NSW will be held in the Howard Pavilion at the Hawkesbury A gricultural Showground, Richmond, NSW
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    For more details and trading information, please contact: gemkhana@gemlapidarycouncilnsw.org.au or go to:
    www.gemlapidarycouncilnsw.org.au

October

November

December

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