Surfers Paradise Sand Safari

Over 3 weeks from 5th to 28th February, Surfers Paradise will transform into a hub of art inspired by sand and sea with the Surfers Paradise Sand Safari presented by Streets Ice cream.

Sand Safari will feature DreamWorks heroes from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and more, carved in large sand sculptures at the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships along the foreshore and 22 mini sculptures in the Sand Trail from Tweed Heads to Loganholme, plus some exciting brand new elements including Sand and Sea themed sculptures, art murals and photography exhibitions.

Some of the great Sand Safari events include: 

  • 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 Sand Sculpting Championships (12 to 14 February)
  • Sand Art Activities and Workshops (12 to 28 February)
  • DreamWorks Heroes Exhibition (17 to 28 February)

Sand Trail

Follow your favourite DreamWorks heroes across southeast Queensland with our Sand Trail from 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 check out! There is no better way to cruise around the Gold Coast to find all 22 amazing sculptures than in a quality, reliable hire car from Surfers Rent A Car.

Sand & Sea Sculptures

Art attacks Surfers Paradise! See giant 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. Take the kids along to see if they can spot the massive octopus, green tentacles, or the hanging jellyfish?

Pop-up Photographic Galleries & Photography Competition

Come and admire the work of professionals, amateurs and students of Surfers Paradise State Primary School 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. 

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.