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60th National Gem & Mineral Show

Easter Weekend 29th March - 1st April
Willunga South Australia

This event is proudly being put together by all of the wonderfully enthusiastic members of the Gem & Mineral Clubs of South Australia, on behalf of Australian Federation of Lapidary and Allied Crafts Association. 

GEMBOREE 2024 Information

​Public Opening Times

  • 9am - 5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • 9am - 12 noon Monday

 

Entry Fees

Adult $10

Family $30

Children under 14 free when accompanied by a paying adult

What to do After the GEMBOREE

Murraylands Rockarama May 3, 4, 5 2024

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What Is A GEMBOREE?

A GEMBOREE is a celebration of all things gem related. Whether you're a seasoned collector, an aspiring lapidary artist, or simply curious about the beauty hidden beneath the Earth's surface, this event has something for everyone. The atmosphere crackles with excitement as vendors showcase their dazzling arrays of gemstones, minerals, and fossils, captivating visitors with their natural brilliance.

About GEMBOREE 2024

A Festival of Gems, Crystals, Minerals, Fossils and Jewellery, the GEMBOREE is an annual event where Gem Club members, enthusiasts, and dealers from all around Australia get together to promote the crafts and skills of lapidary (gemstone cutting).

A highlight of the Easter Weekend is the display of entries from people across Australia and overseas competing in both the National Lapidary Competition and the International Faceting Challenge. Everyday Aussies have created beautiful pieces of silver jewellery, faceted amethyst, sapphire, and Zircons, wonderfully cut tiger eye, opal and other precious stones which are on display for everyone to appreciate.

The GEMBOREE is held each year in a different state of Australia and in 2024 it is once again South Australia’s turn to host this exciting event. South Australian events are well known for their friendliness and the warm welcome all visitors receive.

2024 will be a particularly special event as we celebrate the 60th GEMBOREE to be held in Willunga South Australia. Over the Easter weekend in 2024, 29th March to 1st April, Willunga Recreation Park will host over 200 campers and welcome members of the public to come and experience the wonders of the natural world of Gems and Minerals.

This is a fantastic opportunity to bring your family to explore the displays, purchase their own gems / jewellery from Dealers both inside the Festival Hall and on the oval, watch demonstrations of gem cutting, silversmithing and wire wrapping. With local Gem and Mineral club members on hand to introduce you to the hobby you will be sure to gain an insight into a great family activity.

Encouraging an interest in the natural world with opportunities to learn hands on crafts and explore the great outdoors, this hobby enables family outings and shared interests. We will have food vendors there to feed your hunger pangs and coffee to enjoy as you wander through the many displays and traders.

 

GEMBOREE will be open to the public Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday from 9am – 5pm and on Easter Monday from 9am – 12 noon.

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Gemstone Secrets

Australia, known for its breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife, also holds a sparkling secret: its vibrant gemstone community. Each year, gem enthusiasts from far and wide flock to the Land Down Under to experience the exhilarating joy of a Gemboree. This spectacular event offers a treasure trove of excitement, education, and unforgettable memories for all who attend.

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Hands On Fun

Participating in a Gemboree goes beyond admiring the exquisite gemstones on display. Attendees can participate in hands-on workshops and demonstrations, learning the art of gem cutting, polishing, and jewelry making. From the delicate beauty of opals to the mesmerizing allure of sapphires, every gemstone has a story to tell, and experts are on hand to share their knowledge, helping visitors unlock the secrets of these precious treasures.

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Friendships & Community

Beyond the gem-related activities, Gemborees offer a vibrant social atmosphere, where gem enthusiasts can connect, share stories, and forge new friendships. The sense of community that emerges from these events is palpable, fostering a deeper appreciation for the beauty of nature and the passion that brings people together.

So, if you're ready to embark on a captivating journey into the world of gemstones, mark your calendar for the next Australian GEMBOREE. Prepare to be dazzled, inspired, and swept away by the gem-tastic fun that awaits you. Let the sparkle of Australia's Gemboree ignite your sense of adventure and unlock the hidden wonders of the Earth's geological treasures!

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