2023
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!)

2023

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January

Sat 14th - Sun 15th January 2023, Warrnambool, SW Victoria
Warrnambool Gem Show
Our Lady of Help Christians Primary School
2 Selby Road, Warrnambool, Victoria
9:00am - 5:00pm Sat
9:00am - 4:00pm Sun

Contact: Helen, warrnamboolgemclub@gmail.com

February

  • Sat 18th February 2023, Gatton, SE Queensland
    Gatton Gem Show

    Shire Hall, North Street, Gatton, SE Queensland
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm


  • Sat 25th - Sun 26 Feb 2023, Bendigo Gem Expo
    Bendigo, central Victoria

    New Venue - Bendigo Showgrounds Exhibition Building, Vic. 
    Indoors only, no tailgaters, gemstones, prospecting, fossicking and lapidary tools, rocks, minerals, fossils, silversmithing tools, hand made gold/silver jewellery. 
    More information: Bendigo Gem Club 


  • Sun 26th February 2023, Thornton, Victoria
    Thornton Gem and Rock Exhibition
     
    Alexandra and Eildon District Lapidary Club Annual Gem Fair
    Thornton Football Ground, Thornton-Taggerty Road, Thornton.
    From 8:00 am
    For more information phone Dave on 0408 306 823 or Alan on 0492 876 595

March

  • Sat 11th - Sun 12th March 2023, Shepparton, Victoria
    The Combined Victorian Gem Clubs Show (Gemkhana) 

    The MacIntosh Centre
    Shepparton Showgrounds. 
    Sat 11th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sun 12th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Entry $7:00 adults and children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.
    For more information vgca1lapidary@gmail.com

  • Fri 10th - Sat 11th - Sun 12th March 2023
    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 18th - Sun 19th March 2023 - Canberra ACT
    Canberra Rock Swap - ACT
     
    Parrot Park, EPIC (Exhibition Park) off the Federal Highway), Canberra. 

    Entry is free
    Dealers and fossickers will be there selling jewellery, gemstones, fossils, rocks, mineral specimens and lapidary supplies.

    It will be a fun two days filled with activities for the whole family - lucky dips, sapphire sieving, gold panning, sausage sizzle and much more.

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


  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th March 2023, Armidale, NSW
    New England Lapidary and Fossicking Club show
    Armidale show ground NSW. 
    Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm and Sun 9:00am - 4:00pm. Free entry. Tailgaters and inside pavilion trade.

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th March 2023, Hobart, Tasmania
    The Lapidary Club of Tasmania's 
    HObart Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

    **** NEW LOCATION ****

    Swisherr Hoops Academy Building (Previously K&D Warehouse)
    103 Melville Street, Hobart.

  • Sat 25th March 2023 Mudgeeraba Community Gem Show, Gold Coast, Queensland hosted by the Community Lapidary Club Inc Mudgeeraba Show Grounds Mudgeeraba Road Mudgeeraba SE Qld 8:00am - 4:00pm Email : communitylapidary@gmail.com

  • Sat 25th - Sun 26th March 2023, Devonport Tasmania
    Jewellery, Gem & Mineral Fair

    East Devonport Primary School, Gymnasium Building,
    Thomas Street, East Devonport Tasmania 7310
    Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm both days

    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 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) - mobile 0407 165 005
    Website - www.devonportlapidary.com


April

  • Sat 1st - Sun 2nd April 2023, Wondai, Queensland
    The South Burnett Gem Show 2023,
    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 1st 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sun 2nd 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 7th - Mon 10th April 2023, Dayboro, SE Queensland
    Gemboree 2023 - Queensland
    www.gemboree2023.com.au
    The 59th National Gem and Mineral Show
    To be held at Dayboro, SE Queensland
    Further information ring Lloyd Hosking 0429 040 600

  • Fri 7th - Sun 9th April 2023, 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 22nd - Sun 23rd April 2023, South Windsor, NSW
    National Gem & Crystal Expo,

    Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, 16 Stewart St, South Windsor, NSW

    The largest indoor Gem & Crystal Expo in AUSTRALIA
    Hosted by Australian Gem & Mineral Expo’s and the Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club. There will be displays and demonstrations by the Hawkesbury Valley Lapidary Club as well as traders and dealers from around Australia. Items for sale by the many traders will include jewellery, gemstones, beads, opals, carvings, gem rough, lapidary cutting rough, fossils, meteorites, metaphysical and healing crystals as well as mineral specimens from Australia and all over the world. A great day out for the whole family.

    Adults $8, kids (under 16 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.
    Contact Peter: raregems@optusnet.com.au

May

  • Sat 6th - Sun 7th May 2023 - Diamond Valley, Victoria
    Diamond Valley Gem Club Annual Gem & Crystal Exhibition
    Masonic Centre: 23 Ester St. Greensborough
    Contact Leigh Carbines 0499 233 500

  • Sat 20th - Sun May 21st May 2023
    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 27th May 2023
    Mt Gravatt Gem Show (Brisbane, SE Qld)

    Mt Gravatt Lapidary Gem & Lapidary Society clubrooms,
    1873, Logan Road Mt Gravatt, Brisbane.
    Entry is off Carsons Lane Upper Mt Gravatt, Brisbane. 
    (off Logan Road, Mt Gravatt, almost directly opposite Maccas!)
    http://www.mglslapidary.com.au

June

  • Sat 3rd June 2023, Wavell heights, Brisbane, Queensland
    Gunyah Lapidary Display and Sale

    Clubrooms, 52 Cressey Street, Wavell heights
    From 9:00am


  • Sat 3rd - Sun 4th June 2023, Greenacre, Sydney, NSW
    BANKSTOWN Gem & Crystal Expo

    Greenacre Community Centre, 87 Waterloo Rd. Greenacre.

    Hosted by Australian Gem & Mineral Expo’s and the Bankstown and Districts Lapidary Club. There will be displays and demonstrations by the Districts Lapidary Club as well as traders and dealers from around Australia. Items for sale by the many traders will include jewellery, gemstones, beads, opals, carvings, gem rough, lapidary cutting rough, fossils, meteorites, metaphysical and healing crystals as well as mineral specimens from Australia and all over the world. A great day out for the whole family. Adults $8, kids (under 16 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 on 0412 333 150 or 
    email at raregems@optusnet.com.au

  • Sat 24th June 2023, Gold Coast, SE Queensland
    Gold Coast Lapidary Club Gem Show

    Pizzy Park, 80 Pacific Avenue, Miami
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

July

  • Sat 15th July 2023, Deception Bay, SE Queensland
    Deception Bay Gem Club open day and pop-up market

    52 Old Bay Road, Deception Bay
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd July 2023, Townsville, N Queensland
    Townsville Gem Show

    96 Mooney Street, Gulliver, Townsville
    Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Sat 29th - Sun 30th July 2023, Cairns, FN Queensland
    Cairns Gem Festival

    Cairns Youth Centre Grounds,
    129 Mulgrave Road, Cairns
    Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

August

  • Sat 5th August 2023, Innisfail, FN Queensland
    Innisfail Gem Fest

    6 River Avenue, Innisfail, FN Queensland
    Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Sun 6th August 2023, Atherton, FN Queensland
    Atherton Tablelands Mineral and Lapidary Club Gem Fest

    Clubhouse, Racecourse Road, Toga, Atherton, FN Queensland
    Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm


  • Fri 11th - Sat 12th - Sun 13th August 2023 - Central Queensland
    The Gemfields Lapidary and Craft Club show
    Roy Day Park, Sapphire Central Queensland
    3 Day market, demonstrations, rock display and faceting competition
     
    Contact: Mb Ph 0474 277 122 or 
    email: gemfieldslapidary1@gmail.com

  • Sat 12th August 2023 - Caboolture SE Queensland
    Caboolture Gemfest
    Historical Village, 280 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture
    Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Sat 26th August 2023 - Hemmant, Brisbane
    Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club Gem Show
    Community Hall, Corner of Brand and Ramsay Streets, Hemmant, Brisbane
    Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


September

  • Sat 2nd September 2023 - Ipswich, SE Queensland
    Ipswich and District Lapidary Club Gem Show
    Silkstone State School, Prospect Street, Ipswich, Queensland
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Sat 9th - Sun 10th September 2023 - Bribie Island, SE Queensland
    Ipswich and District Lapidary Club Gem Show
    Bribie Island Arts Centre,
    191 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach, Bribie Island, SE Queensland
    8:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Sat 23rd September 2023 - Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, SE Queensland
    Caloundra Jewellery and Gem Show
    9 Caloundra Road, Caloundra, SE Queensland
    8:00 am - 2:30 pm

October

  • Sat 7th October 2023 - Beenleigh, SE Queensland
    Beenleigh Gem Festival
    Beenleigh Showgrounds, Kent Street, Beenleigh, SE Queensland
    7:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • ?????? October 2023, Perth Western Australia
    Perth Gem & Mineral Show

    Curtin Stadium-Curtin University, Perth, 6102

    Opening Hours:
    Fri 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Sun 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Adults $5 entry
    kids free

    Web Links:
    https://www.perthgemmineralshow.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/PerthGemMineralShow

November

  • Sun 5th - Fri 10th November 2023
    45th Annual Seminar of the Joint Mineralogical Societies of Australasia

    Theme is
    "Granite Minerals"

    "Grindelwald", northern Tasmania (close to Launceston)

    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 Ralph Bottrill for further information email: 
    ralph.bottrill@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

    Web Page:
    http://www.mineral.org.au/seminar/seminar23.html

  • Sat 11th - Sun 12th November 2023, 
    Zeehan W Tasmania
    Zeehan Gem and Mineral Fair

    West Coast Heritage Centre, Main Street, Zeehan
    The Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair is one of the most coveted annual community events held on the West Coast; showcasing and selling an exquisite array of gems & minerals, as well as various rides, games, and activities for the whole family to enjoy!
    gemfair@wchczeehan.com.au


  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th November 2023
    Launceston Gem and Mineral Show,
    Launceston, Tasmania
    The Gem and Mineral Show will be at the Elphin Sports Centre Launceston

    Many stallholders from Tasmania and Interstate will be trading on both days - selling a variety of rocks minerals crystals specimens & fossils from Tasmania, mainland Australia and internationally sourced.

    A stunning variety of items will be available to purchase from collectors, jewellery makers & well seasoned stallholders

    Saturday 18th Nov 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday 19th Nov 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Adults $5 entry - under 16 FREE
    For more information phone Jarrin - 0437 953 815

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