Sandstorm Events are responsible for many a sand sculpture exhibition around Australia, with various themes from Alice in Wonderland to dinosaurs in The Lost World, and come Boxing Day, they're launching at a new location.
The Penguin Parade area on Phillip Island is the place to see the next outdoor gallery of sand and it has the fitting theme of WILD, where you can explore a planet of majestic creatures brought to life in incredible detail that will have your camera lens in overdrive.
Discover over 60 animals from 7 continents, surrounded by the island's colony of over 30,000 fairy penguins, and learn about many of the earth's wildlife species that are at risk of disappearing from our planet. From turtles to seals and birds, wombats to bandicoots, elephants, monkeys and whales, 18 Australian and International sculptors will put in over 5,000 hours and use 700 tonnes of sand to craft life-sized sculpted masterpieces for your perfect day out.
More so, uncover the secrets in the sand and solve the puzzles to find out how we can all help these endangered species. Ticket entry is $16 per adult, $12 per pensioner and $10 per child. A family ticket is available for $42. Prices include a children's activity book, a DIY sand sculpting workshop, play time in the giant sandpit, an interactive photo opportunity and a sand sculpting Discovery Video that shows you how all the sand magic happens, the processes and the carving, as well as personal interviews with the sculptors.
You can add-on to your WILD visit with the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies, where you will be immersed in a multimedia wildlife experience with sand sculptures showcased under lights and hands-on activities as you embark on a virtual journey to the world's most extreme continent. A combined ticket package is available, along with a free return shuttle service between the Penguin Parade and the Nobbies.
There's also a Meet the Artist guided tour to enhance your overall experience, developing your understanding of this art form from the process of creating the designs to the life of a sculptor. A short sand sculpting demonstration will also be provided. Tours run at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at a cost of $25 per adult, $15 per pensioner and child, and $65 per family ticket.
Tickets for WILD and the add-ons can be purchased here or inside the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.
Children can also enjoy making sand art pictures and sand bottles from $7 and for $15 they can take the WILD Sand-Fari Adventure – a guided tour where they become a park ranger and help save the wildlife. They will complete an activity book and enjoy sand art of their choice. Tickets to these can be purchased inside the event.
The WILD exhibition runs 26 December 2019 – 5 January 2020 (10am-5pm) and from 6 January 2020 – 30 April 2020 (10am-6pm). Combine your day time activities with an evening discovering the magic of the penguin parade as the little fairies come in from the sea and waddle up to their burrows.
Whilst onsite, enjoy ice creams and drinks from the stall at the event site or grab a snack or meal from the Little Penguin Cafe and the restaurants inside the new star-shaped state-of-the-art visitor centre.
Retail stores and toilet facilities are also present in the visitor centre, as are interactive and interpretive displays. Don't miss the habitat space that provides a 'penguins-eye' view of the world, complete with grass tussocks and cinematic projections.
There's a lot to love here on Phillip Island, including other attractions like the Koala Reserve and getting up close to one of Australia's largest fur seal colonies on an EcoBoat Adventure.
So come take a walk on the WILD side, explore and enjoy time with family and friends this summer.