Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club

Come and Share the Lapidary Experience

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

Contact, Location & Hours

Recent & Upcoming Events

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members!

Electroforming, Sat 23 Nov 2019 9:30 AM

Electroforming workshop with Trevor Hannam. $4 to participate. Followed by BBQ. Unlike electroplating, electroforming involves coating …

Club Meeting and Christmas Party, Sat 7 Dec 2019 11 AM

Monthly Club Meeting followed by Christmas Party. Sign up to notice board to say how many coming and what food you are bringing. BYO …

Club Closed Sat 21 Dec 2019, reopens Wed 15 Jan 2020

Club Closed Sat 21 Dec 2019, reopens Wed 15 Jan 2020

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.

Recent Posts


CMLC Newsletters


Circulars sent to members

Chudleigh Park

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

Mt Gibson

Mt Gibson Field Trip Report June 12, 2017 Allan Gale G’day Readers Our first field trip of the year, to Mount Gibson, over the Easter …

O'Briens Ck


  • 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