Sand Safari

Presented by Streets Ice Cream

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 DreamWorks heroes from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and more, carved in large sandsculptures at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships along the foreshoreand 22 mini sculptures in the Sand Trail from Tweed Heads to Loganholme, plus some exciting brand new elements includingSand 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 7 February)
  • 2016 Australian SandSculpting Championships (12 to 14 February)
  • Sand Art Activities and Workshops (12 to 28 February)
  • DreamWorks Heroes Exhibition (17 to 28 February)


Save with Sand Safari! Click here to access great Surfers Paradise deals valid during Sand Safari. 

Sand Trail

Follow yourfavourite DreamWorks heroes across southeast Queensland with our Sand Trailfrom 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 checkout! 

Download your Sand Trail map here.

Sand & Sea Sculptures

Art attacks Surfers Paradise! Seegiant inflatable street art and urban interventions from international artists Filthy Luker & Pedro Estrellas 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 andadmire the work of professionals, amateurs and students of Surfers ParadiseState 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. 

Click here to find out more. 

2016 Australian Sand Sculpting Championships

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

2016 Australian Sand Sculpting Championship winners;

1st Place: Kevin Crawford (Madagascar Zooster)
2nd Place: Jino Van Bruinessen (Puss in Boots)
3rd Place:  Peter Redmond (Penguins)
People's Choice: Natalia Kamenskaia (Dragon & Donkey) 

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.

Sand Safari is proudly supported by:

Presenting PartnerSupporting Partners  
Streets Ice Cream logoBanana BoatThe 4217 Surfers ParadiseDreamworld 
 Media Partners Accommodation Partner
90.9 Sea FMNBNMantra Group
  • Date: Fri 5 Feb to Sun 28 Feb
  • Price: FREE
  • Address: Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
  • Phone: (07) 5584 3700
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