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Sand Safari Arts Festival - 10 to 26 February 2017


Arts Festival

 Surfers Paradise

10th to 26th of February 2017

Free Event


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

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 10 to 12 February.

An initiative of the Surfers Paradise Alliance and presented by Streets Ice Cream, the festival will kick off with the intriguing Sand Trail from 3 to 26 February, which sees the art of sand sculpting extend beyond Surfers Paradise as more than 20 works of art pop-up in hotel lobbies, libraries and shopping centres from Tweed Heads to Loganholme.

From 10 to 26 February, visitors will also be wowed by the UK’s renowned “inflatablist” Luke Egan (aka Filthy Luker) as he returns to exhibit bold, playful and clever inflatable art interventions throughout Surfers Paradise.

The interactive event will offer an array of free and fun activities for families including sand art and workshops on the beachfront.



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


After Sand Safari Accommodation for February?

Where better than Voyager Resort at Broadbeach for the Sand Safari 2017 – a little bit quieter and more upmarket than Surfers Paradise, but with all the conveniences… better restaurants too! Get in quick to secure your accommodation over this popular period! Check availability and book here or contact us with further enquiries.