Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc.

60th anniversary year of club

24,25 July: Annual Gem Festival Community Event. Market stalls: Dealers, Jewellery. Experts, Food, Raffles. Learn about club and courses

Contact, Location & Hours

Recent & Upcoming Events

Gem Festival 24,25 July
From 9AM, 129 Mulgrave Rd
Friendly market stalls with

  • Dealers including specimens and supplies
  • Jewellery, crafts
  • Friendly experts. Ask questions and get guidance
  • All day food and BBQ
  • Kids activities (sandpit fossicking)
  • Grand raffle
  • Enter detector raffle to experience metal detecting and panning
  • Peg your claim! One gold nugget prize each day.
  • Visit club and see how inexpensive courses are run
  • Off road parking

Updated 15 June: Full list of Lapidary section winners from 2019 Cairns Show
Updated 14 June: CMLC at the Cairns Show 14-16 July. Enter competitions
Updated 10 June: Link to recent club news. The club’s 40 year and 50 year celebratory publications are back up on website
Updated 9 June: Link to recent club news. News and reports from June general meeting and other information
Updated 3 June: For sale to members. Four lapidary machines.
Updated 27 May: Link with list of stall holders, prizes and official club posters, minor update 9 Jun

Member volunteers needed for Gemfest 2021 and Lapidary prize donations needed for Gemfest 2021 raffle

Members, we need you to become instructors. Mentorship provided.

Club Meeting, Sat 3 July 2021 12 noon. All members invited. Sausage sizzle following.

CMLC at the Cairns Show. Enter competitions. Wed 14 Jul to Fri 16 Jul

CMLC hosts a stand at the Arts & Crafts Section section of the Cairns Show each year. CMLC demonstrates faceting and gives talks on cabochoning. Members are encouraged to showcase their work through the club: members’ cut stones and hand made jewellery is exhibited. CMLC organises lapidary competition judging. Members and others can enter individually. There is a section for novices. Please see more details, including lapidary sections winners from club in 2019

Gemfest, Sat 24 and Sun 25 July 2021 from 9AM

Annual Gem Festival Community Event. Dealers (Suplies & Specimens), Crafts, Jewellery, Panning & Detecting, Raffles, Kid’s Activities. All day food and drinks. Off road parking

Club Meeting, Sat 7 Aug 2021 12 noon. All members invited. Sausage sizzle following.




Our Club

​ The formation of the club for “hobbyists who wish to collect, identify and cut minerals and gems in the Cairns District” was the first discussed at a meeting on September 4, 1961. Just one month later, on October 2, 1961 the group of hobbyists officially voted to name the new club “The Mineral and Lapidary Club of Cairns.”

According to the clubs constitution back in 1961, the clubs aims and objective included:

  • To Bring together all those interests in the collection and polishing of gems and minerals
  • To provide the means of increasing and exchange of knowledge of gems and minerals and mounting of same
  • To promote comradeship and mutual aid to members
  • To conduct tours to mineral fields.

Throughout early 1962, regular field trips to areas including Wolfram Camp, Mt Molloy, Herbert and Mt Garnet enabled the club to have enough specimens to host its first display at the cairns show.

The club also now holds an annual Gem Festival where club members are able to show and sell their specimens and creations.

The club continues to conduct field trips to places surrounding Cairns including:

  • Innot Hot Springs (Mt Gibson for topaz, cassiterite and smoky quartz)
  • Mt Surprise (O’Briens Creek for topaz, smoky quartz)
  • Agate Creek (Past Georgetown for agate)
  • Lava Plains (Sapphire)

The interest and values that were put forward in those first meeting back in the early 1960s still thrives in the Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Club today.

​The club moved into the purpose-built W. J. Fulton Memorial Building at 129 Mulgrave Rd in 1975 (image at top). Former Cairns mayor and federal MP, W J (Bill) Fulton, survived a land mine explosion as a Rat of Tobruk

W J Fulton Memorial Building Sign

Recent Posts

Club News

15 June. Full list of Lapidary section winners from 2019 Cairns Show 14 June. New Section on CMLC at the Cairns Show 10 June 2021. The club’s 40 year and 50 year celebratory publications are back up on website Oops! Sorry! Website error! Club publications Celelebrating 50 Years 1961-2011 and Celelebrating 40 Years 1961-2001 have been missing from the website for the past six months or so. There is no ‘Celelebrating 60 Years 1961-2021’ publication.


CMLC Newsletters

Mt Gibson 2020

Mt Gibson 2020 Field Trip Report by Jan MT GIBSON, INNOT HOT SPRINGS FIELD TRIP Pictures from Jan Pictures from Tammi Picture from Debbie Report by John and Isabella Mt Gibson 2020 Field Trip Please click on images below to enlarge and show captions Those who attended Experienced Newcomers Michael Hardcastle Kylie and Lance O’Brien with children Emily and Lewis Jan and Trevor Hannam Mami Osada with son Ashley Richie Williams Maria Donkers Tammi Saal Hannah and Luke Dornan with 15 month old son Elijah Debbie and Wayne Davis Graeme and Kylie Wiencke John and Isabella Heenan Report by Jan MT GIBSON, INNOT HOT SPRINGS FIELD TRIP OCTOBER 3rd - 5th By Jan Hannam

Past Events

Gemfest Christmas Party, 12 December 2021 Slab sale by Bruno and Helen Simonetto, 26 September 2020 Images from the slab sale Notice for the slab sale event. Gemfest Gemfest is an annual event with much community interest. Christmas Party, 12 December 2021 The Frying Dutchies, also on Facebook, catered to the club for the Christmas Party. From the club facebook page “A massive thank you and shout out to Marit and Remco, The Frying Dutchies, for catering our Christmas Lunch today!

COVID-19 Issues

Updates following reopening Recent club activities following reopening Fourth Update October 2020 Sorry: No more sharing of home style cooked food at the club (COVID-19 rule). So no more sausage sizzles after club meetings, including next meeting at 12 noon on 7 November. Also please remember to bring your own cup or disposable cups and to keep eating areas only for eating. So please: no rocks where people eat.


  • 0450 185 250
  • Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc, 129 Mulgrave Rd (Cairns Youth & Recreation Centre Grounds), Cairns, QLD 4870
  • Entrance is through back of building on right near shipping container. Exit is through front. COVID-19 safety plan requires registration and acceptance of entry conditions. Where reasonably practical, ensure you maintain at least 1.5 meters physical distancing from others, including at meal breaks. Bring own cup. Bring wipes if using electrical machines.
  • Monday 4:00pm to 9:30pm
    Wednesday 8:30am to 4:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm
    (Closed Public Holiday Weekends)

    General meetings held on the first Saturday of each month at 12 pm
    (If the Saturday is a public holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Saturday of that month)

    Map coordinates: -16.92756, 145.76233