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

[COVID-19] The club is closed until Saturday 18 July, 9am to 4pm

Please see the management committee announcement from 11 June, also available from a link in Featured Publications.

Updated 5 July: COVID-19 issues. For members interested in keeping up to date with the latest COVID-19 issues as relevant to the club

Please see the president’s report from 25 March, also available from a link in Featured Publications.

Cancelled. Monthly Club Meeting, Sat 4 Jul 2020 12pm noon

Cancelled. Monthly Club Meeting. All members invited to attend

Cancelled. CMLC at the Cairns Show. Enter competitions. Wed 15 Jul to Fri 17 Jul

Cancelled. CMLC organises a stand and competitions at the Cairns Show each year that you can enter, including a novice only section

Cancelled. Fossicking Field Trip During What Was To Be Cairns Show Long Weekend, Fri 17 Jul to Sun 19 Jul

All fossicking field trips are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic

REOPENING, Sat 18 Jul 2020, 9am - 4pm

Club reopening following COVID-19 pandemic close down. New rules will apply

Cancelled. Gemfest, Sat 25 and Sun 26 July 2020 (last weekend in July)

Cancelled. Annual Gem Festival Community Event.

Club Meeting, Sat 1 Aug 2020 12pm noon

Monthly Club Meeting. Members invited to attend under new rules



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.

Recent Posts

COVID-19 Issues

The club has announced it is reopening on 18 July. Please see management committee announcement Update 5 July 2020: The website has no further information from the club to report. The club is lucky to have very capable and practical people working for it. Implementing a COVID-19 safety plan, at a practical level, requires more than just submitting a plan on paper, such as having an onsite inspection of signage and safety practices.

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

Basic Fossicking Equipment by Leigh Twine

We always keep in mind when taking gear that chances are that the fossicking gear will have to be carried, either because at first people are specking and need to carry gear until they find a suitable site to dig, or because you can’t get the car close enough to the fossicking site. We carry most of our gear in a back pack, which also has to have room for plenty of drinking water and maybe your lunch also.


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Notes and Books for Members


  • 0450 185 250
  • 129 Mulgrave Rd (Youth Centre Grounds), Cairns, QLD 4870
  • First entrance building on right
  • 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: -16.9275, 145.7625