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 9 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.

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

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

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 9 July 2020: If you need to as questions about the club’s opening, the secretary, Jan, requests members email the club directly on its cairnsmlc email address with your questions, rather than use facebook. Both she and the president, Michael, access these emails most days and can reply to you directly. The website hopes to post an update this weekend.

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