Sand Sculpting Australia and Boneo Discovery Park present

ANIMALIA IN SAND

– the world’s first Sand Sculpting Exhibition with augmented reality technology –

Animalia in Sand brings to life the much-loved classic children’s book by Graeme Base through 26 giant sand sculptures created by some of the world’s most renowned sand sculptors. See the sculptures come alive through our innovative sand and screen immersive experience.

Graeme Base created the alliterative animal alphabet which has become a family favourite for over 30 years.Animalia features incredibly detailed and creative descriptions and whimsies of wildlife from all corners of the globe, alongside hidden images for readers to discover. Over 3,500 tonnes of sand has been transformed into all our favourite Animalia characters; from Ingenious Iguanas to Vaudeville Ventriloquist Vultures. Fifteen award-winning sculptors from around the globe have worked for over 450 hours collectively to bring the exhibition to life along the wetlands and lush garden pathways.

Augmented Reality App

The exhibition is complemented by an augmented reality app with each of the 26 sculptures having an augmented reality sign that brings the characters to life.

Download and Win!

Before you come and visit us download the app for a chance to win.

Not only will the app make your visit to Animalia in Sand more interactive and exciting but you will go into the draw to win the best weekend ever on the Mornington Peninsula.

The prize is valued at over $1000 and includes family passes to the Peninsula Hot Springs and Arthurs Seat Eagle as well as lunch at St Andrews Beach Brewery and accommodation at Moonah on Forbes Beach House.

Make sure you sign up to enter! 

 

The app experience starts before you even arrive with AR posters that display 3D animal animations on your phone or tablet and interactive options to view videos or buy tickets makes finding information fun and easy. 

When you arrive at our ANIMALIA in Sand exhibition the full app experience begins, with each sculpture having its own AR signboard that brings 3D animal animation to life on your screen. The app also provides fun and exciting interactive elements with a ‘find the boy’ activity and ability to take an AR selfie to share with friends and family. The app has links to video and special behind the scene footage. 

Kid's Zone

 

With a sand play pit, activity tent, sand sculpting workshops, face painting (please check timetable) and pedal boats there is plenty of things to keep our youngest visitors happy.

Our Kid’s Zone also has a kiosk with snacks and drinks to enjoy. Lovely and grassy, it’s the perfect spot to have a picnic and let the kids play.

Check out daily timetable to see what’s available each day and to book workshops and activities

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

$8 sand artboard and a small coloured sand bottle activity.
Face painting and pedal boats are a separate additional cost.
Daily sand sculpting workshops with our resident sculptors are free of charge.

TICKETS

FAQs

ARE DOGS ALLOWED INSIDE THE EVENT?

Unfortunately, due to restrictions, we are not permitted to have dogs inside the event area.

Assistance animals that are certified by a registered authority are welcome.

DO YOU ACCEPT EFTPOS?

Yes, you can use Eftpos inside the event for purchases at the cafe, merchandise etc.

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH MY ENTRY TICKET?

All inclusions for your ticket purchase are listed before checkout. Please check these carefully to ensure the wrong tickets are not purchased.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO SEE AT Animalia In Sand?

Sculptures that will blow your mind! You will see the 26 pages of ANIMALIA come alive in sand and augmented reality. Take your time and discover the incredible detail in each sculpture. 

IS IT ALL SAND?

Yes most definitely! 100% brickies loam sand.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO BUILD?

It took 15 sculptors (International and Australians) 30 days to prepare; over 5,000 carving hours.

AM I ABLE TO SMOKE OR DRINK INSIDE THE EVENT?

We are a family-friendly event and do not permit anyone to smoke whilst inside or outside the event area. Smokers may ask for a ‘pass out’ at the gate to come in and out as they please. We have a licensed café where you can try some of our delicious local beer and wine. BYO is not allowed.

DO YOU PROVIDE REFUNDS ON GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS?

We do not provide refunds but can exchange your tickets to a different month if you cannot make the month you have booked. Please refer to the terms and conditions of purchase.

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD AND DRINK INTO THE EVENT?

You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy in either our game’s garden or kid’s zone. We have some picnic tables set up that you can use however, you may not consume your food in our café or deck area. No BYO alcohol and we ask that you dispose of all your rubbish thoughtfully. BBQs and  gas stoves are not permitted.

ARE YOU STILL OPEN WHEN IT’S RAINING?

We sure are! Our sculptures are sprayed with a biodegradable glue which helps repel the rain in wet weather; protecting them to a certain degree. If it is very heavy rain and high winds some activities may be closed. Please check our socials or call us to check we are open if you are unsure. (03)5988 6385

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LOOK AT THE SCULPTURES?

We cannot answer this as everyone is different! Some people spend hours with us taking photos of every last bit of detail – some spend 15-20 minutes looking at the sculptures. With the added activities and 27 acres available at our new location we strongly recommend giving yourself a few hours at least so you can enjoy everything on offer.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

We have free parking available at the venue.