Sand Safari 2017

The 2017 Sand Safari Arts Festival takes centre stage on the sands and streets of Surfers Paradise this summer when the precinct hosts its annual celebration of sand and sea-inspired art from February 10 to 26.

Presented by Streets Ice Cream, the popular free event features the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships, drawing thousands of spectators to admire the country’s most talented sculptors, as they intricately carve life-sized masterpieces inspired by the theme ‘Mermaids and Mythical Creatures’ over three days from February 10 to 12.

Visitors can vote for their favourite creation, with the “king or queen of the castles” announced at 4pm on February 12. The awe-inspiring creations – each carved from 10 tonnes of sand – will then remain on display on the iconic foreshore until Sunday February 26.

Sand Safari will kick off with the intriguing Sand Trail, which sees the art of sand sculpting extend beyond Surfers Paradise as 12 works of art pop-up in hotel lobbies, libraries and shopping centres from Coolangatta to Loganholme.

Expect the unexpected and prepare to be wowed as the UK’s renowned “inflatablist” Luke Egan (aka Filthy Luker) returns to exhibit his bold, playful and clever inflatable art interventions throughout Surfers Paradise.

Known locally for creating the enormous green tentacles that overtook The Islander during Sand Safari 2016, Luker has produced hundreds of innovative sculptures, among them giant squids attacking cities, diversions around huge banana skins and trees accented with oversized googly eyeballs.

From mesmerising flying squid to oversized sea anemones and hanging jellyfish, Surfers Paradise is guaranteed to be truly octo-pied throughout February.

A series of sand and sea-inspired art, from bold murals and inspiring photography to pop-up galleries, will feature throughout the Surfers Paradise precinct to provide more opportunities for discovery and wonder.

Sand Safari 2017 is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover Surfers Paradise, while experiencing the precinct’s retail offerings, restaurants, cafés and family-friendly attractions that form the Gold Coast’s sixth theme park.

With so much on offer, families can choose to stay at one of the region’s many quality accommodation options, taking advantage of convenient public transport to Sand Safari, or parking is available at Bruce Bishop carpark, located just 500m from the beach.

2017 Australian Sand Sculpting Championships

Dates: February 10 – 12, 2017

(Live sculpting February 10-12, winner announced February 12, works displayed until February 26)

Location: Surfers Paradise foreshore

Cost: Free

2017 Sand Trail

Dates: February 3 – 26, 2017

Location: Various locations from Tweed Heads to Loganholme

Cost: Free

Inflatable Sea Sculptures by Luke Egan (Filthy Luker)

Dates: February 10 – 26, 2017

Location: Multiple locations throughout Surfers Paradise

Cost: Free

Sand and Sea Sculptures

Dates: February 10 – 26, 2017

Location: Multiple locations throughout Surfers Paradise, including riverside at the end of Cavill Mall

Cost: Free

Sand Art Activities and Workshops

Dates: February 10 – 26, 2017

Location: Surfers Paradise Foreshore

Cost: Free

Check out all the fun from last year!


Click below to view our flickr album of last year's images:

Sand Safari 2016

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  • Date: 10-26 February 2017
  • Price: FREE
  • Address: Surfers Paradise Foreshore