Redcliffe Gem Club Prepares for Dazzling Gem Market Day Celebration

Gem enthusiasts and treasure hunters, mark your calendars! The Redcliffe Gem Club is inviting the local community to their highly anticipated ‘Gem Market Day’ next month at the Redcliffe Showgrounds.

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On Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the showgrounds will be transformed into a sparkling wonderland, as gem traders from across the country will flock to the Redcliffe Showgrounds to showcase an unparalleled array of precious stones, opals, jewellery, and even machinery used for cutting and polishing precious gems.

Whether you’re a long-time collector searching for that elusive gem, or a newcomer to the world of minerals and crystals, the Gem Market Day promises to be a truly enchanting experience. 

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Stalls will be brimming with glistening gemstones, exquisite handcrafted jewellery, and a diverse selection of rare and unique specimens that are sure to captivate the imagination.

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Beyond the stalls, visitors will have the opportunity to partake in educational conversations and demonstrations, gaining insight into the intricate processes involved in turning raw stones into stunning works of art. Experienced jewellers and lapidaries will be on hand to share their expertise and inspire the next generation of gem enthusiasts.

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So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and get ready to discover the dazzling treasures that await at the Redcliffe Gem Club’s ‘Gem Market Day’ next month. It’s an event that’s sure to leave you sparkly-eyed and inspired.

Visit Redcliffe Gem Club’s Events Page on Facebook for more information.

About the Redcliffe Gem Club

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The Redcliffe Gem Club is a volunteer-based community organisation. It is open to all members and visitors who might want to see how they cut and polish precious and semi-precious gems, and then turn them into beautiful pieces of artisanal jewellery.

The club provides instruction and facilities for members to perform a range of lapidary-based activities, precious metal work for jewellery making, and faceting of gemstones.

Visitors can learn to work with soft gems such as opal and jade, or learn to facet gemstones in the club’s faceting workshop. The organisation also offers other activities such as rock slabbing, stone tumbling, and field trips.

Published 15-April-2024

Mark Your Calendars: The Redcliffe Show Returns, Bigger and Better Than Ever!

The highly anticipated Redcliffe Show is back and to celebrate its 100th year, the 2023 Show promises to be nothing short of spectacular!

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From 30 June to 2 July 2023, check out this line-up of events and activities.

Traditional Agricultural Competitions and Displays

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Immerse yourself in the rich agricultural heritage as you witness an array of traditional competitions at the show. Marvel at the skilled woodchoppers as they showcase their talent and precision, or indulge your taste buds in the cookery section where local culinary artists will impress with their delicious creations. 

Explore the arts and crafts exhibitions, brimming with creativity and craftsmanship. There will also be captivating ring events that showcase the finest horses and riders in thrilling displays of equestrian skill.

Sideshow Alley and Rides

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Prepare for an adrenaline rush at Sideshow Alley, a beloved attraction that brings excitement and laughter to visitors of all ages. From classic carnival games to thrilling rides that make your heart race, there will be no shortage of fun-filled experiences. 

Entertainment Programs

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The Redcliffe Show is not just about agriculture and rides; it also offers a variety of top-notch entertainment programs to keep you enthralled. 

Prepare to be amazed by the Dino-Larious Ventriloquist Show, where talented performers bring laughter and awe through their delightful puppetry skills. Catch the breathtaking Eljay BMX stunt shows during the day, showcasing daring tricks and gravity-defying manoeuvres that will leave you in awe.

For the night owls, the Aussie FMX motocross stunt show will dazzle you with high-flying jumps and incredible aerial displays. Don’t miss the adrenaline-fueled Trackskill V8 Ute show, where roaring engines and precision driving will leave you on the edge of your seat. Every night will culminate with a magnificent fireworks display that will light up the Redcliffe skies and create a dazzling spectacle for all to enjoy.

Animal Shows and Competitions

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Animal enthusiasts will have plenty to look forward to at the show. Witness the excitement of pig races and the charm of the Redcliffe Dog Show, where four-legged friends showcase their agility and obedience. 

On Saturday morning (1 July), immerse yourself in the world of livestock as cattle and poultry competitions take centre stage. Show jumping enthusiasts will be thrilled to witness the grace and power of talented horses soaring over obstacles on both Friday and Saturday.

Pavilions and Displays

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Throughout the three-day event, pavilions will be open, inviting visitors to wander through the various displays at their leisure. From agricultural exhibits to local arts and crafts, these pavilions offer a chance to appreciate the talents and achievements of the Redcliffe community. 

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To join in the festivities, showgoers can purchase tickets at the gate for $14 for adults and $7 for concession and children (5-14 years). Infants aged 0-4 years enjoy free admission. On Friday, 30 June, admission is half price, and children aged 14 and younger can enter for free, making it the perfect opportunity for families to attend.

Please note that there is limited parking on the showgrounds site, but alternative parking options include Redcliffe State High School and Pearson Park. 

Visit Redcliffe Show’s website to get your tickets or to learn more about the upcoming event.

Published 19-June-2023

Rebecca O’Connor Performs Tina Turner Tribute Show in Redcliffe

Today in 1985, Tina Turner was celebrating because “What’s Love Got To Do With It” had just won Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammy’s which was held on the 26th of February 1985. The song was Ms Turner’s most successful single and the second-biggest US single of 1984 and 17th biggest UK single.

Credit: Tina Turner Official YouTube

Today in 2018, Ms Turner has remained an icon and is one of the strongest influences among singers today. Rebecca O’Connor, herself a Tina Turner fan, will be performing a Tina Turner tribute show at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre on 2nd of March 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Ms O’Connor is back in Australia from a sold-out European tour where she also belted out Tina Turner’s greatest hits. She also had a sold-out “standing room only” concert tour of South Africa and Botswana prior to the upcoming show in Redcliffe. Some may already know Ms O’Connor for her unique renditions of “Nutbush City Limits”, “River Deep”, “Private Dancer”, and “Simply the Best”.

Ms O’Connor was introduced by her parents to Tina Turner’s songs when she was just a young girl. “When I first heard Tina it was like a volcano went off inside me. I knew then this amazing woman would influence me forever,” she recalled.

She had been singing Ms Turner’s songs whilst growing up in Ireland. It was one of Ms Turner’s songs that made her win a local Karaoke competition and eventually a bigger competition, the European Stars in Their Eyes. The rest, so they say, is history.

On several occasions, Ms Turner herself watched as Ms O’Connor performs. ”Rebecca is so good, she’s scary… If I had her energy, I would still be touring today,” the music icon said of Ms O’Connor. Ms Turner herself had started her singing career in about the same age as when Ms O’Connor belted her songs.

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There is no doubt that Ms O’Connor sounded like Tina Turner when performing her hits. However, Ms O’Connor remained adamant that she could never come close to the real thing.

“There is only one Tina turner, she is absolutely amazing and I admire and respect her so much and I hope that I can bring her power, energy and magic to each and every show I perform…Most performers don’t have what she has, and never will have”.

For more information about the Tina Turner tribute show at the Redcliffe Community Centre, please click here.

What’s On in Redcliffe This Ekka Week

Ekka Festival is on and has an exciting lineup of events. However, if you’re too lazy to go to the Brisbane Showgrounds, check out these events in Redcliffe this week.

Saturday, 19 August

Classic, Not Plastic, Car Show


  • FREE (audience)
  • $5 for the display vehicles

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Venue: Redcliffe Showgrounds

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The Northern District Rod & Customs will be hosting a display of pre-1986 cars and bikes. This is a family-friendly event with food and trade stalls around the area, followed by a cruise on the Redcliffe area.

Alcohol is not allowed in the event’s premises. To maintain the safety and security of everyone, our furry friends are not allowed in the event.


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Sunday, 20 August

World Helicopter Day

Tickets: FREE

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Redcliffe Aerodrome

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The World Helicopter Day is a chance to have a close encounter with different helicopters and the people who fly them. During Open Hangar Day, spend the day talking to pilots, and take a selfie or two.

More than just seeing the helicopters, there will be kids colouring activities, race cars and drones displays, food and coffee van, and an Air Force Cadet drill demo.

This is an event for the young ones and the young-at-hearts to enjoy.


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Saturday, 19 August

Cooking with Ada

Tickets: $70

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Venue: Shields St Eats

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At Cooking with Ada, participants will learn how to make Pizza Pide, Spicey Chicken, and other yummy dishes.


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Saturady, 20 August

The Australian Bee Gees Show


  • $57.50 – Adult
  • $52.50 – Concessions/Group 10+

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Redcliffe Cultural Centre

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It has been 40 years since the Bee Gees redefined pop music and culture. The Australian Bee Gees Show is a tribute and a celebration of the wonderful world of music that the Bee Gees has brought to us.


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Tips to Help You Prepare for the Redcliffe Show

The Redcliffe Show will bring another year of fun and excitement from the 30th of June to the 2nd of July at the Redcliffe Showgrounds. The 66th-year celebration will feature different programs and big fireworks display.


Redcliffe Show’s Highlights

Car enthusiasts will enjoy the top attractions of this year’s show. Redcliffe will rev up their show with Trackskill. Over the last 10 years, Trackskill V8 Utes have been regular performers at the Ekka Festival, Adelaide Royal Show, Darwin, Canberra, and Sunshine Coast. Their show will include Holden v Ford V8 Ute Challenge and other exciting exhibitions.

There will be a variety of games and rides for the kids to enjoy, along with delicious showbags and delicious food in the venue in keeping with that carnival festival vibe.

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Animal lovers will love seeing all sorts of creatures, great and small, as part of the show. There will be an animal nursery for small furry barn animals, dog show, cold-blooded creatures at Luke’s Reptile Kingdom, and camel rides.

The show will not be complete without the big fireworksdisplay. Monster Fireworks will be the biggest and the brightest display at night. It will be held on both Friday and Saturday nights before the gates close.

View the full programme here.


Reminders Before the Event

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This year’s fun-packed event could be crowded, so here are some tips before going to the Redcliffe Show.

1. Entry

The official opening of the Redcliffe Show is at 7 p.m. on Friday, but gates will be open at 8 a.m. for Horse Judging, Poultry Display, Championship Dog Show, Pig Racing, and music.

Gates will open every day at 8 a.m and will close at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

2. Fees

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the exact day, which cost $12 for adults and $5 for pensioners and children, 5-14 years of age. Children below 5 years old are free.

On Friday, all children will be admitted free as a promo for the opening event.

3. Parking

There will be free parking spaces on site, but these will be quite limited. The Western Oval of Redcliffe State High School will also offer parking spaces for $5 per day. Arrive early to avoid hassles in parking.

4. Dress code

Wear comfy clothes. Tank tops and shorts are allowed. Thongs are also accepted, but shoes are better. Bring extra set of clothes for the kids (for you, too) for this day-long event.

5. Kid-Friendly and Pet-Friendly

This is a fun-packed event for the whole family to enjoy. You can bring your furry babies, too. They are welcome at the event. Be sure to bring their necessities and everything that will make them comfy all through the day.

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“Have fun” — that will be the first rule of the Redcliffe Show. Check out their website for more details.