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

[COVID-19] The club is closed until further notice

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

CANCELLED. Club Meeting, Sat 6 Jun 2020 12pm noon (unless COVID-19 lockdown rules change)

CANCELLED. Monthly Club Meeting. All members invited to attend (unless COVID-19 lockdown rules change)

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 Cairns Show Long Weekend, Fri 17 Jul to Sun 19 Jul (unless COVID-19 lockdown rules change)

CANCELLED. All fossicking field trips are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic (unless COVID-19 lockdown rules change)

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

CANCELLED. 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 (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

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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  • 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