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Super-Sized Sculptures at Sand Safari Surfers Paradise

The Sand Safari Surfers Paradise will be back on the Gold Coast beach front in February 2018 showcasing more amazing Australian and international creative talent.  This is a great event for the whole family, why not combine it with a day at the beach.

I love the beach, cartoons and unique art mediums so it’s no surprise that we make a beeline in summer each year for Sand Safari, Surfers Paradise.  This year it’s taking place between the 9th and 25th February in it’s usual position on the promenade at Surfers Paradise with a backdrop of the golden sands and sparkling waters.

Surfers Paradise is a great destination for a day out anyway but even better when there’s an event like the Sand Safari taking place.  The beach offers a wide stretch of soft white sand and sparking waters, it has patrolled swimming areas for safety and then right across the road are some AMAZINGLY good cafes.  There’s always something going on here from impromptu games of beach volleyball to the Friday night markets and fireworks.

Sand Safari is a sand sculpture competition on Australia’s Gold Coast and is held in February each year.  The 2018 show has been confirmed as opening on the 9th February but the new years theme is still under wraps but we are expecting more mermaids, magic and mythical creatures to appear.

In recent years the festival has been cartoon oriented with Disney Magical Friendships and Dreamworks Heros and the art works really has been amazing.  These monster sand ‘castles’ are no light weights either, 10 to 25 tonnes of sand is packed then carved to create each one.  They are made only of sand and water but a weather sealant is applied to the finished sculpture to make it a little more durable to the elements.  The sculptures will be open for viewing until February 11th so there’s plenty of time to get down to the coast see them for yourself.

We understand that the event will follow earlier years layout with a giant interactive sculpture section in the middle of the display area, it’s an opportunity to watch a sculpture being created and have a chat with some of the artists.  The compact sand is boxed in several layers to keep it firmly packed.  The sections are removed one at a time and the design carved out from top down.  It’s quite incredible to watch the design being revealed from the lumps of wet sand, the artists will be work on the design between 9.30 am and 6 pm each day.   Once complete you will be able to have your photo taken with the display.

Sand Safari | Sand Safari on the Gold Coast

Our fave sand sculptures from previous years

Winnie the Pooh

Jino Van Bruinessen lives in the Blue Mountains and has been sand sculpting since 1992.  He attends upwards of 20 major sculpting events a year carving out incredible works like this one.  He took first place in the 2015 Sand Safari competition with his 100 Acre Wood creation.

Winnie the Pooh | Sand Safari on the Gold Coast

The Lion King

Dae Young Ji (Louis) studied sculpture at University and works in a variety of mediums including sand, rock and snow.  Louis won second place in the Gold Coast competition with his Lion King inspired creation.

The Lion King | Sand Safari on the Gold Coast


Third place went to Leo Vamvalis for this image from Ratatouille.  Leo started sand sculpting on the beaches of Rye in 2000 and has travelled to compete in Denmark, Belguim and Singapore.  The chiseled cut outs in this piece make it particularly impressive.

Ratatouille | Sand Safari on the Gold Coast

There’s plenty more to see too, get down and check them out.  Entry is free so why not make a day of it relaxing on the Surfers Paradise golden sands or exploring the less populated beaches further south on the Gold Coast.

Have you had the chance to check out Sand Safari on the Gold Coast or any of the many sand sculpture festivals on beaches around the world?  Let me know which ones you think are best in the comments below.

Visit the Sand Safari, sand sculpture event on Australia's Gold Coast


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