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

Please see the President’s AGM report from September 5, also available from a link in Featured Publications.

Fossicking Field Trip to Mt Gibson. Please fill out online or club form. Sat 3 Oct to Mon 5 Oct.

Update 27 September 2020 IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO LET CLUB KNOW IF YOU WANT TO COME FOSSICKING ON LONG WEEKEND 3-5 OCTOBER. CALL OR TEXT JAN ON NUMBER IN CLUB EMAIL IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN. Next Club Fossicking Field Trip Mt Gibson with camping at Mount Garnet Travellers’ Park. First please fill out this online form or the form on display near kitchen at club to indicate your intention to attend upcoming field trips.

Club Meeting, Sat 10 Oct 2020 noon. All members invited. Followed by sausage sizzle

Club Meeting, Sat 7 Nov 2020 noon. All members invited




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

27 September 2020 As per notices by email to members by Jan Next general meeting on Saturday 10 October (not on 3 October) at 12 noon Members can still join in on fossicking trip for long weekend 3 - 5 October Various items for sale to members, including Faceting machine, Lapidary saw Gemmasta lapidary/cabochon grinder/polisher with parts as shown Eight disc cabochon machine, double sided, two motors 24 September 2020 From notice by email to members by Jan on 24 September:

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 Third Update 14 July 2020: New rules have been approved and are now in place Second Update 14 July 2020: The president, Michael, and secretary, Jan, have made changes to COVID-19 safety plans as requested by the CYRC, submitted them to the CYRC and let the CYRC know they are hoping to inform members of the safety plans by tonight, subject to the approval by the CYRC of the safety plans.

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.


  • 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