Gemfest is an annual event with much community interest

Gemfest 2021, July 24 (9pam-4pm) and 25 (9am-3pm), with the club celebrating 60 years.

60th anniversary year of club

24,25 July: Annual Gem Festival Community Event. Market stalls: Dealers, Jewellery. Experts, Food, Raffles. Find Gold. Learn about club and courses

From 9AM, 129 Mulgrave Rd
Friendly market stalls with

  • Dealers including specimens and supplies. Bruno and Helen with their slabs are back!
  • Jewellery, crafts
  • Friendly experts. Ask questions and get guidance
  • All day food and BBQ
  • Kids activities (sandpit fossicking)
  • Grand raffle
  • Enter detector raffle to experience metal detecting and panning
  • Peg your claim! One gold nugget prize each day.
  • Visit club and see how inexpensive courses are run
  • Off road parking

COVID Safety Sign-in

Visitors to the Gem Festival are required to register by QR code with the Check In Qld app or by manual sign-in. Point your phone camera at code to launch app or download app. Register yourself and family or friends at the same time.

Club personnel will be available to help. Poster below.

Stall Holders (incomplete)

  • Stall holders: if you would like basic information listed here then please provide the club with a card, other information, or a web link. Basic information will be posted here as soon as practical. Photos welcomed and are accepted for consideration for use by website at our discretion. If you do not have a web link, we would like to provide a link to a web page we will construct that includes relevant information and photos you provide. Photos provided may be used by the website after Gemfest to help document the event. This is not a request for advertising material.
  • Bruno and Helen Simonetto, dealers and traders of high quality and exotic slabs for cabochoning and lapidary
  • Far North Gems from Port Douglas, opal cutters and wholesalers, Australian gemstones, handmade jewellery
  • Queensland Government Department of Resources. Representative Michael Staneke will hand out fossicking maps and will be able to answer questions. Fossicking in QLD. Stall near front door of front of club.
  • from Townsville, specialise in gemcutting, silversmithing and other lapidary supplies and equipment for rockhounds, hobbyists and business
  • Lapidary Slab Supplies from Mackay, locally crafted lapidary machines, saw blades, grinding wheels, facet laps, silver work tools, raw slabs, polished faces, crystals, tumble stones
  • Troi Thelin, Big Sky Jewellery & Stones, lapidarist and silversmith for over 25 years. Handmade and original finished and custom work.
  • Gem n’ Stone Jewellery from Innisfail, hand crafted silver and gemstone jewellery made by Gary and Sharna.
  • Rick’s Rocks, Rick imports and sells beautiful stones from Indonesia, sets select pieces in sterling silver, and sells retail and wholesale.


    • JEWELLERY PIECES to be listed
    • $100 voucher from Gemcuts Lapidary and Jewellery Tools redeemable at
    • $100 voucher from AJS (Australian Jewellers Supplies) redeemable at
    • Second $100 voucher from AJS (Australian Jewellers Supplies) redeemable at
    • Family pass to Paronella Park
    • Family pass to Mamu Skywalk
    • More vouchers to come
  • DETECTOR RAFFLE (also experience metal detecting and panning)
    • Thanks to member Ian MacLean of Night Sky Secrets for asking his supplier of gold detectors for a donation.
    • Garrett Australia has donated a 200i gold detector for the first prize.
  • GOLD NUGGET PRIZES (with peg a claim)
    • One on Saturday
    • One on Sunday
    • Gems
    • Polished stones
    • Specimens
    • Popular with kids


Club approved poster by Jan

Phtotocopying kindly donated by the Hon. Warren Entsch MP, the Federal Member for Leichhardt

Proposed COVID Safe poster by Sokar

Club approved poster by Trevor


Club Logo to use with posters and other communication

Gemfest 2020

CANCELLED due to COVID-19 pandemic: July 25th and 26th.

Gemfest 2019


Gemfest 2019 poster