Gemfest – The Festival of Gems is Almost Here!

August is just around the corner, which means that it is almost time for Gemfest! Established in 1988, the four day festival has been held on the second week of August for the past 31 years. This years event is set to run from Thursday the 8th until Sunday the 11th and is expected to bring in crowds of more than 7000 people to the Central Queensland Sapphire Gemfields.

What is Gemfest?

Gemfest is recognised as one of the most popular celebrations of sapphire and gems in Australia. Held every year at the Allan King Memorial Park in Anakie Queensland, Gemfest is a showcase for Local, National and International gemstones.

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What Can You Expect?

The festivities are set to include; family friendly activities, live entertainment (including a fireworks show!), workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, competitions with high value prizes, amazing catering and much, much more.

The festival prides itself on offering something for everyone, whether you are a gem enthusiast, a family looking for a fun outing or both.

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Event Highlights

As you can see, the event is jam packed with fun and exciting activities for all, but here are some of the highlights that we are eager for;

The Jewels of the Outback Exhibition

Is where you can see exceptionally rare sapphires, many of which are only on display at Gemfest.

Gem Fossicking

You can try your hand at gem fossicking and you might be lucky enough to unearth your own gemstones. But don’t worry if you’re not, because you can always just buy some and say that you did.

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Live Music – Gina Jeffreys

Gina Jeffreys is the headlining act for the event, with 44 years of experience she is sure to amaze. She will give two performances over the 10th and 11th of August. So don’t miss it!

Are you interested and in need of somewhere to stay in Emerald QLD?

Then the Emerald Explorer Inn is the place for you! Our 4.6 star rated Emerald accommodation is driving distance from the Sapphire Gemfields and Gemfest, making us the perfect place for event goers who want to stay in Emerald QLD. You can relax here over the four days of the festival or stay longer and visit our surrounding tourist attractions and national parks. 

Gemfest is beginning soon. So if you require accommodation during your stay in Emerald QLD, make sure to secure your spot with us before they’re all gone.

For booking or other inquiries, please contact us here.

And if you are interested in learning more about our amazing Sapphire Gemfields, then feel free to check out our ‘Sapphire Searching in a Gemfield Near Emerald’ blog.

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