Mornington Peninsula Kids Activites – Sand Sculpting Australia

Sand sculpting Australia

Sand sculpting as an art form has been around for centuries.  No one knows just how long, as there has been conjecture that even the ancient Egyptians made sand models of the pyramids.

Rye Accommodation and Sand sculpting History

In 2000, sand sculpting came to Rye beach, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula in the form of a single sculpture display.  The following year, over 20,000 people travelled to Rye to see the Rye Beach Sand sculpting Championships that were held on the foreshore.  The Championship then developed into an exhibition of the talents of sculptors, both local and from around the world.  It was a highlight for Rye and increased the demand for Rye Accommodation.  Rye has a long history of being a favourite holiday destination for residents of Melbourne and demand for Rye Accommodation is strong during popular tourism times ; long weekends such as Cup Weekend and Queens Birthday, the week involving Christmas, BoxingDay and New Years, with the months of December and January being the peak tourist period. Our Rye Accomodation is central to everything and even though the sandsculpting is not exactly on the doorstep now it is only a 30 – 40 minute drive away at Frankston.

Over the years, the Sand Sculpting Australia exhibition has grown to include not only magnificent sculptures, but sand sculpting workshops for budding sculptors of all ages, and many other sand based activities.

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rye foreshore

In December 2007, Sand Sculpting Australia opened an exhibition at Lighthouse Square in Port Adelaide (South Australia) and in January 2008 the Victorian exhibition opened to rave reviews at its new home in Frankston, where, for the first time, the sculptures were lit for evening viewing.

For 4 months from Boxing Day, Frankston Waterfront will again be transformed as 3,500 tonnes of sand is carved into spectacular sand sculptures. This year our team of talented International and Australian sculptors will bring to ‘life’ in meticulous detail “Story Land”.
We invite you to immerse yourself into a world where reality and fantasy combine as we bring to life popular Penguin book titles including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mr. Men and Little Miss Books, Angry Birds, Postman Pat, Angelina Ballerina, Flower Fairies and so many more!
Integrated with the sculptures will Speed Carving Demonstrations, Sculptors Tours and Talks, along with a range of children’s activities including Sand Sculpting Workshops, Sand Art, Sand Bottles, Sand Pens, Sand Diggers, our Giant Sand Pit, Children’s Activity Sheet, Lego Play Zone and the Channel 9 Summer Chill Zone. Plus on weekends and school holidays, there will be roving entertainment and face painting.
Frankston Waterfront, 510N Nepean Highway, Frankston
Melway reference: 100A B8
2013/14 DATES
Open daily from 26 December 2013 to 27 April 2014
26 December 2013 to 26 January 2014
Monday to Sunday

10:00am to 7pm
Last tickets sold at 6:00pm

27 January 2014 – 27 April 2014

Monday to Friday

10:00am to 4pm (Last tickets sold 3:30pm)
Saturday & Sunday
10:00am to 6pm (Last tickets sold 5.30pm)
** Concession cards must be shown – We accept Senior, Disability, Student, Carers & Pension cards.
Please note:  Health Care Cards are not accepted.
** Groups must be pre booked at least 24 hours prior to arrival to receive the group-booking rate.
Bookings can be made by telephoning (03) 5986 6684 or emailing
The event itself is Cash Only – all tickets ( except for group bookings) can be purchase on the day at the ticket box located at the main entrance of the event.
Pre-purchase Tickets
- If you would like to pre-purchase tickets, for yourself or as a gift, contact the Frankston Visitor Information Centre on 1300 322 842 or visit

Frankston Waterfront 510N Nepean Highway, Frankston, Victoria.
Melways ref:  100A B8 and you can find us Google Maps

Free activities are available for children on weekends, school holidays and public holidays. The activities will run from 10am until 4pm daily.
On Saturday, Sunday, all School Holidays & Public Holidays

Free with Entry:

  • Sand Sculpting Workshops
  • Lego Play Zone
  • Giant Sand Pit
  • Children’s Activity Sheet
  • Face painting
  • Speed Carving

Paid Activities

  • Sand Art
  • Sand Bottles
  • Sand Pens
  • Diggers

From Monday – Friday (27 January 2014 – 27 April 2014)

Free with Entry:

  • Access to the Sand Sculpting Workshop Area
  • Access to the Lego Play Zone
  • Access to the Giant Sand Pit
  • Children’s Activity Sheet

Paid Activities:

  • Half price Sand Art
  • Full priced Sand Bottles/Sand Pens
  • Diggers

Activity Overview
•     Sand Sculpting Workshops –
A professional sculptor will teach you the basics of sand sculpting and let you have a go at creating your own masterpiece.
•     Face Painting
•     Speed Carving –
Watch our professional sculptor create a mini masterpiece in the blink of an eye
•     Giant Sand Pit – Hours of sandy fun
•     Lego Play Zone – Make your own  ”Story Land ” Lego creation
•     Craft Activities – Sand Art, Sand Bottles and Sand Pens ranging from $5.00
•     Little Diggers – become an earth mover on our Sand Diggers

Meal Deals available for Groups
Meal Deals include:
·        All day entry to Sand Sculpting Australia
·        Souvenir program
·        Guided tour
·        Drink of your choice
·        Norgen Vaaz (2scoop) ice-cream
$18 Package:
Fresh Sandwiches, drink of your choice & ice cream
$25 Package – Choice of:
·        Fish, Chips & Salad
·        Lasagna, Chips & Salad
·        Pasta & Salad
·        Quiche, Chips & Salad
·        Pizza, Chips & Salad
·        Plus drink of your choice & ice cream
$28 Package – Choice of:
·        Chicken Snitzel burger & Chips
·        Beef Burger & Chips
·        Vegie Burger & Chips
·        Plus drink of your choice & ice cream
$32 Package:
·        Seafood Basket, Chips & Salad
·        Plus drink of your choice & ice cream
Terms & Conditions of Group Bookings:
·        Group bookings prices (not packaged) include a welcome talk only.
·        Guided tour extra $25.00 per group.
·        To receive the group discount rate, you must pre-book.
·        To receive lunch package bookings 2 weeks prior are essential

Looking to stay on the Mornington Peninsula and visit the Sand Sculpting then stay in the original home of the Sand Sculpting and choose some of our Rye Accommodation, it is central to all the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. Alternatively, if we are fully booked take a look at other recommended  Rye Accommodation at Blue Ribbon Escapes