Surfers Paradise Beach will host the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships, which will take place from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 February, 2013. It's the 2nd annual event and the theme this year is "Sand Safari". During the Saturday & Sunday of the competition, 9 professional sculptors will mould & carve over 70 tonnes of sand into their interpretation of the theme. The centrepiece will be a collaborative work between the sculptors. All manner of African animal will be created out of sand, in what promises to be a crowd pleasing attraction.
Visit Surfers Paradise beach and witness Australia's best sand sculptures in action. The event is set to appeal to all ages. You can also get involved in the children's activities, which include sand sculpting workshops, sand art & sand bottle making. There is also the opportunity for anyone who is an up and coming sculptor and artist to be awarded the wildcard entrant in the competition. Click here for info and entry form. You'll need 2 photos of your original work. Sounds like an opportunity for someone out there. Note entries close Friday 25 January.
Advice on parking and transport options can be found here. I would recommend parking in the Bruce Bishop car park (located under the wheel) as the first 2 hours are free and it's only a 5 minutes walk to the foreshore. Use the Ferny Ave signed exit to walk out (which is a bit confusing as when you drive in you are coming off Beach Road but Ferny Ave is also the Gold Coast Highway at the bottom of the street). Turn right as you walk out, left at the lights and then it's right into Cavill. Walk straight down to the Foreshore for the sand sculpting event.
I actually didn't realise how big sand sculpting is around the world until I googled "sand sculpting images". There are some incredible creations out there.
Take a look at what goes on on Frankton's foreshore with Frankston TV in this 9 News feature.