Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc.

Come and Share the Lapidary Experience

Lapidary - The art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones

Contact, Location & Hours

Recent & Upcoming Events

Updated 30 November: Link to recent club news

Updated 23 November: All about club Christmas party on Dec 12. Payment required by Wed 2 Dec.

Membership renewals are now open.

Raffle tickets for $2 on sale and club gift certificates on sale (can be used for membership fees, for course fees and for products on sale behind counter)

Purchase a grey shirt and bring to club to have club logo ($8) with optional name ($8) embroidered. Club waits to batch 12 shirts at a time

Wed 2 Dec is last day to pay for Christmas Party on Sat 12 Dec 2020

Please see link for information and menu

Club Meeting, Sat 5 Dec 2020 noon. All members invited

Christmas Party, Sat 12 Dec 2020 noon. Payment required by Wed 2 Dec. For members, partners and friends

Please see link for information and menu Last updated 23 December 2020.

Club Closes 4pm, Sat 19 Dec 2020, until 16 Jan 2020

Saturday 19 December is the last day the club will be open in 2020. This is also a big club clean up day. The club reopens at 9am on Saturday 16 January 2021.

Club Meeting, Sat 6 Feb 2020 noon. All members invited

Unconfirmed Fossicking Field Trip. Please fill out online form. Fri 2 Apr to Mon 5 Apr.

Next Club Fossicking Field Trip Unconfirmed. Possibly easter long weekend Fri 2 Apr to Mon 5 Apr. Please fill out this online form. You need to be a club member but you can express interest before applying to join club. If you are not a member by the time of a trip your name will be removed for that trip. Information is required for planning, for insurance purposes and to print a list of names to show a mining inspector who is covered by the club fossicking licence



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

30 November 2020 Information about the club website updated. You can access this page from the menu with Member, Adding Content. There have been substantial changes to website practices since the last main update a year ago, mainly to speed up administration. 22 November 2020 Jan emailed club members with updates and news: Christmas Party 2020 prepayment required by Dec 2: link to updated Christmas Party 2020 details for 12 December.

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 Gemfest is an annual event with much community interest. Slab sale by Bruno and Helen Simonetto, 26 September 2020 Images from the slab sale Notice for the event. The form mentioned is now removed. Bruno and Helen Simonetto, well known traders of high quality and exotic slabs for cabochoning or lapidary will have a stall at CMLC on Saturday 26 September between 10 am and 2 pm.

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.

CANCELLED. Easter Long Weekend Fossicking Field Trip to Lava Plains Sapphire Fields, 10-13 Apr. Updated 23 Mar

CANCELLED following the request by the Premier of QLD, Annastacia Palaszczuk, on 23 March for the public to remain at their homes and suburbs during the Easter break and not to go bush


  • 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