Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc.

Come and Share the Lapidary Experience

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

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Recent & Upcoming Events

Please check the most recent president’s report for the most relevant, up to date, complete and accurate information on upcoming activities and events. The most recent report is at the first link in featured publications below. If the report is edited the date of the most recent edit will be shown.

Sat 7 Mar 2020. Last Day to Renew Membership at Discounted Rate

Sat 7 Mar 2020. Last Day to Renew Membership at Discounted Rate

Photographing your work for web site, Sat 7 Mar 2020 9am to 3pm with break for club meeting

Have your work photographed for club web site and credited to you. Between 9am and 3pm (with break for club meeting). Bring in samples …

Club Meeting, Sat 7 Mar 2020 12pm noon

Monthly Club Meeting. All members invited to attend

Easter Long Weekend Fossicking Field Trip to Lava Plains Sapphire Fields

Please register at club notice board and notify club of preferred accommodation plans plans. Further details will be updated here as …

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

Annual Gem Festival Community Event.



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 (Saphire)

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.

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Circulars, Course Notes and Books

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O'Briens Creek

Chudleigh Park

Chudleigh Park Field Trip Report Photographs from trip Report taken from pages six and seven of CMLC Newsletter Oct 2019. Photographs …


  • 0450 185 250
  • 129 Mulgrave Rd (Youth Centre Grounds), Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia
  • 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