The Crystal Caves

One Man's Passion

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Trading Hours

  • Monday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM




  • Gemstones
  • Jewellery
  • Fossils
  • Crystals
  • Gembeads

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  • Cash
  • Direct Debit
  • EFT
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  • Visa


Open your mind and put all expectations aside, this is not your average museum…

What lies beneath the earth's crust? What occurred millions of years ago when deserts were oceans and volcanos spewed molten lava? This mineralogical museum gives you a glance at what Mother Nature has created deep underground over millions of years ago. Like flora and fauna which differs from country to country, so too do minerals and crystals. Seeing these formations in their natural environment is near impossible. You would need to travel all over the world and go deep underground in basic mines to find these spectacular natural formations. Now meet the man who has done just that. René Boissevain found his life's passion when he found his first Agate right here in North Queensland in 1963.

To display his private collection of crystals, minerals and fossils, René built a fantasy cave beneath his shop in the Main Street of Atherton in 1987. As his collection of crystals grew, so too did the caves. The Crystal Caves now extends to 250 m2 of tunnels and grottos. The hero of the show is the largest Amethyst geode in the world, standing at a staggering 3.5 meters tall; this is one of more than 600 individual pieces on display in The Crystal Caves.

The dedication and imagination of one man to build a fantasy cave to house his massive collection is only surpassed by the quality and size of the crystals and fossils.

This virtual cave gives the feeling of discovering the crystals yourself. Carefully positioned and delicately lit, you are free to discover in your own time and, unlike most conventional museums, encouraged to touch and photograph.

Science meets Mother Nature in this fun and educational journey into the mysterious world of crystals.

Open 7 days a week – last entry to the museum at 4pm weekdays and 3pm on weekends and public holidays. Allow at least one hour for the tour.
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