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Sand Safari

The Sand Safari is a yearly event held on the Gold Coast where artists come and create sand sculptures for all to see. During this fun event, sculptors will transform the foreshore into a fantasy sandscape featuring all your favourite DreamWorks film characters.

This is a free event which features the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships where talented artists come to carve their masterpieces all along the Surfers Paradise beach.

Sand Safari 2018 Dates – Surfers Paradise Beach Sculpture, Gold Coast

Using up to 180 tonnes of sand to create their jaw dropping pieces, the sand is moulded and carved with precision, the result being exceptional detail that only the best sculptors can achieve. After the competition, all sculptures will then remain on display on the iconic foreshore.

Families are also invited to see sculptors live at work, while they collaborate to craft three separate interactive works from Madagascar Madness, The Lion King and Kung Fu Panda. The sculptures are then able to be explored by the public in the following week.

The Sand Safari starts off in 2018 with the ‘Sand Trail’, which sees the art of sand sculpting extend beyond Surfers Paradise throughout hotel lobbies, libraries and shopping centres.

Visitors to the Sand Safari will also enjoy interactive exhibitions and photo opportunities with the 10-25 tonne creations of their favourite characters, along with creative family orientated workshops where participants are able to design their own colourful sand art or sand bottles.

The Sand Safari is free for the whole family to attend, making it one of the cheapest, entertaining days out in Surfer’s Paradise.


05 February 2018 to 28 February 2018

Event Times

10am - 4pm


Surfers Paradise Foreshore


The Esplanade
Surfers Paradise, QLD

Contact Details

(07) 5584 3700
[email protected]



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