Surfers Paradise Sand Sculptures

Sand Safari

Presented by Streets Ice Cream

  • Date: Fri 5 Feb to Sun 28 Feb
  • Price: FREE
  • Address: Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
  • Phone: (07) 5584 3700
  • Email: spa@surfersparadise.com

See Po, Alex, Shrek and Donkey come to life through sand with all their DreamWorks heroes friends at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships and Sand Trail this February.

It’s all a part of Sand Safari presented by Streets Ice Cream, which this year will include brand new art elements such as pop up photographic galleries, giant inflatable sculptures, and edgy mural art by 40/40 creative. 

It’s 23 days of sand & sea themed art and it will be fabulous!
Fun and FREE for the whole family.

Enter the enchanted wonderland of Sand Safari presented by Streets Ice Cream as Surfers Paradise over 3 weeks transforms into a precinct of art inspired by sand and sea.

Sand Safari will feature the DreamWorks heroes from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and more, carved in large sand sculptures at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships along the foreshore and the Gold Coast Sand Trail, plus some exciting brand new elements including Sand and Sea themed sculptures, art murals and photography exhibitions.

Sand Safari includes:

  • Sand Trail (5 to 28 February)
  • Sand & Sea Sculptures (5 to 28 February)
  • Pop-up Photographic Galleries & Photography Competition (5 to 28 February)
  • Mural Art (5 to 8 February)
  • 2016 Australian Sand Sculpting Championships (12 to 14 February)
  • Sand Art Activities and Workshops (12 to 28 February)
  • DreamWorks Heroes Exhibition (17 to 28 February)

Sand Safari, a fantastic outing with fun and art for all ages!

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Sand Trail

Follow your favourite DreamWorks heroes across southeast Queensland with our Sand Trail from Tweed Heads to Loganholme. With 22 mini sculptures scattered across the coast, no matter where you are there’s a DreamWorks sculpture nearby for you to check out!

Check back soon to download your Sand Trail adventure map.

Sand & Sea Sculptures

Art attacks Surfers Paradise! See giant inflatable street art and urban interventions from international artist Filthy Luker take over the precinct, all in-line with the Sand & Sea theme. Can you spots the massive octopus, green tentacles, or the hanging jellyfish?

Pop-up Photographic Galleries & Photography Competition

Come and admire the work of professionals, amateurs and students of Surfers Paradise State Primary as photographs inspired by Sand & Sea are placed on display in our Sand Safari pop-up photo galleries. You can even vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award.

Got a great print you’d like to submit? Registrations are now open, and close 5pm Sunday 10 January, 2016. Click here to find out more and to register.

2016 Australian Sand Sculpting Championships

Watch on as 10 talented sculptors carve 10 tonnes of sand into magnificent sculptures of DreamWorks heroes, all vying for the 2016 title championship. Winners will be announced 4pm Sunday 14 February, but sculptures will remain open for viewing until Sunday 28 February.  Got a favourite? Vote by placing a coin in the box at the sculpture. Voting open Fri 12 – Sun 14 Feb only.

DreamWorks Heroes Exhibition

Made from a massive 50 tonnes of sand in total, see international sculptors Jakub Zimacek and Jan Zelinka over just four days create DreamWorks heroes sculptures big enough for you get right up close and have a photo with. The display will be open for photos from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 February.

DreamWorks Heroes Exhibition