Sand Safari Arts Festival

Sand Safari Arts Festival transforms Surfers Paradise into a captivating beachside exhibition of life-sized and even larger than life art pieces. See 10 tonne sand sculpts, multicolour tentacles bursting out of the sand, a sculptural sand crab migration and even a full scale pirate ship resting on the beach.

International and local artists are showcased in this award winning festival. Through arts, literature and education, the 2019 theme for Sand Safari highlights the importance of one of life’s real treasures – friendship!

An integral part of the festival each year is the annual Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. Visitors are invited to interact with the world-renowned sculptors as they complete their quest to create ‘Treasures of the Sea’ from solid blocks of sand. Watch the sculpts take shape and develop character over several days, their finished forms creating a striking centrepiece for the Sand Safari Arts Festival.

Sand Safari offers a wonderful place of discovery, where families and friends can connect, share and capture memories over 16 days and nights.

Be inspired by the intricate detail of the sand sculptures and vote for your favourite in the People's Choice Award!

Wander through the Artist Plaza in Cavill Mall and admire the work of local artists who have taken up residence during the festival.  Participate in sand sculpting and sand art workshops.

An impressive feature of the event, the interactive sand sculpture, will be unveiled on 15th February. Named 'Ocean's Alley', it will be carved into life by our skilled sculptors over five days. Start your journey at ‘Treasure Rock’, the immense carved chair that will host daily mermaid book readings. Venture through the interactive walkway and follow the storyline of JAKE AND HEIDI’S TREASURE HUNT ADVENTURE in 3D.

As night falls the outdoor art takes on a new hue as pieces become illuminated across the beach and pedestrian areas.

Enjoy a meal at one of the precincts many cafes and restaurants and soak up the atmosphere that is our award winning Sand Safari Arts Festival!

Check back on this page for more information and let us know you're coming to Sand Safari 2019 on Facebook here!

Check out all the action of Sand Safari 2018 in the video below.

Major Partner


  • Date: 8 - 24 February 2019
  • Price: FREE
  • Address: Surfers Paradise

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