Winton Opal Festival Winton

12. - 13. July 2024 | Trade fair for opals and gemstone products

The Winton Opal Festival, a prestigious event located in the heart of Queensland's opal mining region, takes place in the town of Winton. Organized biennially by the Queensland Boulder Opal Association (QBOA), the festival attracts both professional dealers and opal enthusiasts from the general public. It serves as a platform to showcase a variety of opal products, from raw natural stones to carefully polished gems and intricately crafted jewelry..

Since the late 19th century, Winton, a small town at the heart of Queensland, Australia, has been a hub of opal mining. The discovery of valuable opal deposits has significantly shaped the local economy and made Winton a crucial node for miners and traders. The town is known for its rich Boulder Opal fields, which are among the largest in the world and have a profound impact on the region's cultural heritage.

An interesting aspect of opal mining in Winton is the discovery of the "Matrix Opal", which, unlike traditional opals, is embedded directly in the rock from which it is extracted. This rare type of opal dazzles with vibrant colors that seem to be captured within the stone itself, making it a unique and visually stunning gemstone.

The Queen of Gems Design Awards, a highlight of the festival, celebrate the creativity and craftsmanship in handling Boulder Opal. These awards honor the originality and high quality of craftsmanship.

The fair offers a wide range of products and services, from unprocessed and processed opals to designer jewelry and innovative applications in wearable fashion. Technological innovations such as CAD/CAM/CAST processes, used in modern jewelry manufacturing, are also featured.

Exhibitors mainly come from the gemstone mining and jewelry manufacturing sectors. The main visitors are industry insiders, collectors, and jewelry enthusiasts interested in the latest trends and techniques in the opal business.

The Winton Opal Festival remains closely connected to its origin, Winton. Easily accessible via Queensland's main transport routes, the town not only provides a unique backdrop for the festival but also serves as a significant center of Australian opal mining.

Overall, the Winton Opal Festival represents not just a sales and exhibition opportunity but also a chance to celebrate and share the region's rich mining culture and the fascination with opals.

The Winton Opal Festival will take place on 2 days from Friday, 12. July to Saturday, 13. July 2024 in Winton.

In 23 days
12.07.2024 - 13.07.2024*
Friday - Saturday, 2 days
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professional visitors and general public
Free admission


Local time:
18:34 h (UTC +10:00)

Fair location:

North Gregory Hotel,
Elderslie Street, 4735 Winton, Queensland, Australia


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Fair organizer
QBOA Queensland Boulder Opal Ass.
77 Dagworth Street
4735 Winton, Australia
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Past editions:
  • 07. - 08. July 2023
  • 08. - 09. July 2022
  • 09. - 10. July 2021
  • 26. September 2020
  • 12. - 13. July 2019
  • 13. - 14. July 2018
  • 07. - 08. July 2017
  • 08. - 09. July 2016
  • 10. - 11. July 2015

Fair location:

North Gregory Hotel,
Elderslie Street, 4735 Winton, Queensland, Australia


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Product groups: cut opal, opal set into jewellery, polished stones, rough opal, …

Disclaimer: No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information. Errors and alterations excepted! Fair dates and exhibition sites are subject to change by the respective trade fair organiser.


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Where does the Winton Opal Festival taking place?
The Winton Opal Festival fair takes place in Winton, at the North Gregory Hotel.

When is the Winton Opal Festival taking place?
Visit the Winton Opal Festival from 12. - 13. July 2024.

How often does the Winton Opal Festival take place?
The Winton Opal Festival takes place biennially.

What kind of fair is the Winton Opal Festival?
The Winton Opal Festival is an exhibition for Gemstones, Jewelry and Gems and Minerals.