2018
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!)

2018

Jan I Feb  I  MarApr  I  May  I  Jun Jul  I  Aug  I  Sep  I  Oct  I  Nov  I  Dec

2019

January

  • Sat 20th - Sun 21st January 2018
    Warragul
    and District Club show
    Yarragon Public Hall, Yarragon, Victoria
    Contact Liana Menon 0409 163 717

February

  • Sat 24th February 2018 
    Gatton Gem Show, SE Queensland

    Shire Hall North Street, Gatton
    8.30am – 4.00pm

  • Sat 24th- Sun 25th Sept 2018
    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 show is well received and supported by the residents of the surrounding area. There have been many enquiries made already from the locals anticipating the 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

  • Sun 25th February 2018
    Stuart Park Rock Swap/Fair, North Wollongong , South of Sydney, NSW

    8am-2pm
    Stuart Park, George Hanley Drive,
    North Wollongong NSW 2500
    Contact: phone: (02) 4267 5618
    Email: cascademinerals@gmail.com

    Website: http://www.illawarralapidaryclub.com.au/

March

  • Sat 3rd - Sun 4th March 2018
    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 3rd - Sun 4th March 2018
    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 9th - Sat 10th - Sun 11th March 2018
    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 17th - Sun 18th March 2018 
    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 24th - Sun 25th March 2018 
    Grafton, Northern NSW - Gems Crystals and Fossils Show
     
    Grafton Showground 
    Contact: Shirley 0499 344 343
    Web: www.gemcrystalfossilshow.com
    email: info@gemcrystalfossilshow.com

  • Sat 24th - Sun 25th March 2018 
    Devonport Jewellery Gem and Mineral Show
     
    East Devonport School Gymnasium, Devonport, Tasmania
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Contact: Colleen Donaghy Ph 0407 165 005

  • Fri 30th March - Sun 1st April 2018 (Easter)
    Warwick, Rocks, Antiques and collectibles fair
    Warwick, SE Queensland, at the showgrounds

  • Fri 30th March - Mon 2nd April 2018 (Easter)
    54th National Gem and Mineral Show 
    GEMBOREE - Willunga South Australia
    The 54th National Gem & Mineral Show,
    GEMBOREE 2018
    Full Details at http://aflaca.org.au/gemboree/ 

April

  • Fri 30th March - Sun 1st April 2018 (Easter)
    Warwick, Rocks, Antiques and collectibles fair
    Warwick, SE Queensland, at the showgrounds

  • Fri 30th March - Mon 2nd April 2018 (Easter)
    54th National Gem and Mineral Show 
    GEMBOREE - Willunga South Australia
    The 54th National Gem & Mineral Show,
    GEMBOREE 2018
    Full Details at http://aflaca.org.au/gemboree/ 

May

  • Sat 5th May - Sun 6th May 2018
    Redcliffe Gem Show, SE Queensland
    The venue is the Southern Cross Catholic Campus, Nottingham Street,  Kippa-Ring the Redcliffe Peninsula Queensland, north of Brisbane.

  • Sat 12th May - Sun 13th May 2018 - 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 Australia 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
     

  • Sat 12th May 2018 Sydney Crystal Show - Sydney, NSW
    Howie Pavilion, Sydney Showground , Sydney Olympic Park 10am-6pm. Entry is $5 for adults and Kids under 12 are free! 

    Now in its 4th year, in 2018 the Sydney Crystal Show will be held at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park. Join us and many thousands of visitors over one massive day on Saturday 12th May 2018 for a spellbinding display of ancient natural treasures! Minerals, Crystals, Fossils, Meteorites, Opals, Gems & Jewellery will be available, plus much more.

    We invite Traders, Prospectors, Opal Dealers and Jewellers to attend and promote your business to many thousands of new customers. Nearly half of Sydney lives within 30 minutes of the Sydney Showground.  It is purpose built for great shows and large crowds.  Food available onsite.

    Catch the train to Olympic Park Station or drive and park in one of the 10,000 parks at the complex.  There are several hotels onsite, the Ibis and Novotel are offering discounts for those attending the show.   An opportunity not to be missed for traders and visitors alike.

    Interested traders contact Sarah & Stu:  rock@rockncrystals.com.au or by phone 02 9559 6737.
    Web: www.sydneycrystalshow.com

  • Sat 19th  - Sun 20th May 2018
    Lismore Gemfest, Lismore, Northern NSW
    At Lismore Showgrounds Ph 02 6688 8280

  • Sat 26th - Sun 27th May 2018 - 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

  • Sat 26th May 2018
    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!

June

  • Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd June 2018
    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 9th June - Tues 12th June 2018
    The 41st Joint Mineralogical Societies of Australasia Seminar - see web page

    Hosted by the Mineralogical Society of Victoria
    Venue: Ballarat, Victoria
    Contact:
    Fred Kapteina
    Secretary Mineralogical Society of Victoria Inc.
    Registrar & Treasurer Seminar 2018
    email: fkaptein@bigpond.net.au

  • 3rd Northern Rivers Crystal and Craft Festival
    Murwillumbah Showground NSW

    Queensland Road, Murwillumbah 


  • Sat 9th June - Mon 11th June 2018
    GEMORAMA - Emmaville NE New South Wales
    5304 Strathbogie Road, Emmaville


    Field Trips 
    - Saturday - TBA
    - Sunday – TBA
    - Monday – TBA

    Traders / Tailgaters $50/3 days 8.30am - 5.30 pm
    Self Contained Camping $10 / night
    Saturday Night – Lamb & Pork Spit $5 and Live Music

    Donations to Local SES, Glen Food Hub, Frontline Forces United

    All Enquiries - 02 6734 7330 or 0436 343 935
    Website: Visit NSW

  • Sat 16th - Sun 17th June 2018
    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 30th June 2018 
    Gold Coast Gem and Craft Show - Gold Coast Queensland

    80 Pacific Avenue, Miami, SE Queensland
    Tailgating show only this year - no inside trading

July

  • Sat 7th - Sun 8th July 2018
    National Crystal Festival
    Yarralumla, Canberra ACT
    Yarralumla Woolshed
    208 Cotter Road Yarralumla ACT
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 14th - Sun 15th July 2018
    Campbell Town and Districts Lapidary Club
    Annual Show
    Greg Percival Community Centre
    Oxford Road, Ingleburn, NSW

  • Wed 25th - Sat 28th July 2018
    Lightning Ridge Opal Festival
    For more info:
    www.lightningridgeopalfestival.com.au
    Mb: 0407 956 990

August

  • Fri 3th - Sun 5th Aug 2018
    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 4th - Sun 5th August 2018
    Wodonga Albury Crystal and Craft Festival
    Details TBA

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th August 2018
    Gosford, Central Coast NSW
    4th Annual Crystal and Craft Festival
    Gosford Showgrounds, Gosford
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 18th - Sun 19th August 2018
    Rockhampton Gem Expo, Rockhampton, Central Qld
    James Lawrence Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds
    Saturday 9am – 5.30pm
    Sunday 9am-2pm
    Entries close 30 June
    Schedule available from
    rockhamptonlapidaryclub@hotmail.com

  • Sat 25th August 2018
    Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club Show, Hemmant, Brisbane, Qld
    Hemmant Community Hall, 31 Hemmant-Tingalpa Road, Hemmant, Brisbane, SE Qld.
    9:00am - 3:00pm
    info@lapidary.net.au
    wblc.coordinator@lapidary.net.au

  • Sat 25th - Sun 26th August 2018
    Carlingford Gem & Mineral Fair, Sydney outskirts NSW

    Held at the Roselea Community Centre, 645 Pennant Hills Road, James Lawrence Pavilion, ROCKHAMPTON SHOWGROUNDS
    Saturday 9am – 5.30pmSunday 9am-2pmEntries close 30 June
    Schedule available from rockhamptonlapidaryclub@hotmail.complays 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

September

  • Sat 1st September 2018
    Ipswich and District Lapidary Club Show, Ipswich, SE Queensland
    Silkstone state Primary School
    Prospect Street Silkstone
    8.00am – 3.00pm

  • Sat 8th - Sun 9th September 2018
    Bribie Island Gem Show, SE Queensland
    Community Arts Centre
    191 Sunderland Drive
    Banksia Beach
    8.00am – 4.00pm

  • Sat 8th - Sun 9th September 2018
    National Opal and Australian Gemstone Festival
    Canberra , ACT
    Albert Hall, Crown Promenade, Canberra ACT

  • Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd September 2018
    Camden Crystal and Craft Festival, Camden, NSW
    AH & I Hall Camden Showgrounds
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Fri 28th - Sun 30th September 2018
    Broken Hill, New South Wales
    Rock on Broken Hill Mineral Show

    Memorial Showgrounds
    Website: http://brokenhillmineralclub.wikispaces.com


  • Sat 29th - Mon 1st October 2018
    New South Wales Gemkhana, Clarendon, New South Wales
    Hawkesbury District Agricultural Showground at Clarendon. 
    For further details please email gemkhana@gemlapidarycouncilnsw.org.au

October

  • Sat 13th October 2018
    Nambour GEMFEST 2018

    8am to 4pm
    Nambour Showgrounds, Sunshine Coast, SE Queensland 
    http://nambourlapidaryclub.com.au/gemfest-2018

  • Sat 13th - Sun 14th October 2018
    Coffs Harbour Crystal and Craft Festival, NSW
    Coffs Harbour Showground, Coffs harbour, NSW
    https://www.crystalfestivalsaustralia.com.au

  • Sat 27th - October 2018
    Crystal, Gem and Jewellery Show, Gold Coast, SE Qld
    225 Morala Avenue, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast
    Held at the Runaway Bay Seagulls Rugby League Club
    Free Entry! 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Minerals, Fossils, Opals, Crystals, Pearls, Jewellery and Gemstones on sale. All quality products from top dealers
    Ph 07 5537 4844

November

  • Sat 10th - Sun 11th November 2018 - 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 10th - Sun 11th November 2018 - Newcastle Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Fair
    9am-4pm Sat and 9am - 3pm Sunday
    PCYC Broadmeadow, Newcastle

  • Sat 10th - Sun 11th November 2018 - 15th Annual Zeehan Gem & Mineral Fair, Zeehan, Western Tasmania
    At Zeehan Primary School, Belstead Street, Zeehan, Tasmania. For more info contact Kim 0417 157 678
  • Sat 10th – Sun 11th November, 2018
    Earth Crystals Show - Blue Mountains NSW

    Lawson Mechanics Institute (Lawson Community Hall) 
    284 Great Western Highway, Lawson – Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. 
    Lamartine Mineral Pty. Ltd. is proud to present a gathering of some of Australia’s finest gem, mineral/crystal and fossil traders. Featuring crystals and minerals from all around the world, as well as, exquisite hand-made jewellery and lapidary works. Set in the picturesque heritage town of Lawson, just 15 minutes from Leura and Katoomba. A must see event, Adults $2 entry, Children and Students free. 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am- 4pm Sunday. For more information please contact Gianni at the following: lamartine1824@gmail.com
      Phone: 0403 113 458

  • Saturday 17th November 2018
    Suncoast Gem and Fossicking Club Show
    Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast SE Queensland
    Mooloolaba State School, Douglas St, Mooloolaba.
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • Sat 24th - Sun 25th November 2018
    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

December

  • Sat 1st - Sun 2nd December 2018
    Sydney Crystal Show, Five Dock Leisure Centre, Sydney NSW

    Now in its 4th year, in 2018 the 7th Sydney Crystal Show will be held on our original dates, the first weekend of December. Our first ever show was held on this weekend back in 2015!
    This year we are in a great new venue, so stay tuned for updates!  Join us and thousands of visitors over two full days on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December.  A spellbinding display of ancient natural treasures awaits! Minerals, Crystals, Fossils, Meteorites, Opals, Gems & Jewellery will be available, plus much more. We invite Mineral Dealers, Traders, Prospectors, Opal Dealers and Jewellers to attend and promote your business to many thousands of new customers.  This show is being heavily promoted, like all our shows.  Including to the many thousands of people attending our massive one dayer at the Sydney Showground on 12th May 2018.  Proudly presented by RocknCrystals Online Mineral Shop.

    Interested traders contact Sarah & Stu:  rock@rockncrystals.com.au or by phone 02 9559 6737.
    Web: www.sydneycrystalshow.com
    FB:  www.facebook.com/sydneycrystalshow
    IG:  www.instagram.com/sydneycrystalshow  

  • Sat 15th – Sun 16th December, 2018
    Earth Crystals Show - Blue Mountains NSW
    Lawson Mechanics Institute (Lawson Community Hall)
    284 Great Western Highway, Lawson, Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.                                                                                                                                                         

    Lamartine Mineral Pty. Ltd. is proud to present a gathering of some of Australia’s finest gem, mineral/crystal and fossil traders. Featuring crystals and minerals from all around the world, as well as, exquisite hand-made jewellery and lapidary works. Set in the picturesque heritage town of Lawson, just 15minutes from Leura and Katoomba. A must see event, Adults $2 entry, Children and Students free. 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am- 4pm Sunday. For more information please contact Gianni at the following:    lamartine1824@gmail.com Phone: 0403 113 458

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2019

February

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

    Shire Hall North Street, Gatton
    8.00am – 4.00pm

March

  • 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

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

July

  • 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


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