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Animalia in Sand at Boneo Discovery Park

Saturday 14th of December to Thursday 30th of April
by EricaL (follow)
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World first Sand Sculpting Exhibition based on the book Animalia by Graeme Base

Sand Sculpting Australia and Boneo Discovery Park opened ANIMALIA IN SAND in December 2019. This is the first time Sand Sculpting Australia has presented an exhibition at the Boneo Discovery Park and the first time the book Animalia has been carved in sand.


Animalia was first published in 1986 and has sold over four million copies worldwide. It is an illustrated children's book, containing twenty-six illustrations, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each illustration features an animal along with a short poem utilising the letter of the page for many of the words.

The exhibition sees twenty-six giant sand scenes from Graeme Base's much-loved book, carefully crafted by some of the world’s most renowned sand sculptors. It is open until 30 April 2020.


This awe-inspiring exhibition is set-up towards the rear of the Boneo Discovery Park. You will see the front face of the exhibit as you walk through the rear/side doors of the cafe. Depending on the interest and attention span of your child, allow yourselves around 45 minutes to an hour to see all twenty-six sculptures. Take your time and see if you can spot hidden extras in each of the sculptures.


At the end of the exhibition, there is a play and craft area set up by the lake and pedal boats. Here your children can craft their own sand art picture and bottle their own colourful sand to take home. This is an additional cost to the exhibition itself but well worth the money if your children are creatively minded. This was a highlight for our 6 and 11yos.

Sand art

If you've yet to visit the Boneo Discovery Park, note that whilst viewing the sand exhibit might be your priority, there is so much more to see and do that you'll likely spend hours here.

Boneo Discovery Park

Play a round of 9 or 18 hole mini-golf, get lost in the mazes, climb the rock climbing walls or jump on the bungee tramplolines. Challenge your kids to a game of outdoor chess or drafts or simply enjoy the serenity of the Boneo Discovery Park's tranquil 27 acre wetlands.

Mini Golf


ANIMALIA IN SAND is open Dec 14 2019 – April 30 2020 at Boneo Discovery Park on the Mornington Peninsula.


Where: 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal VIC
When: 14 December 2019 - 30 April 2020.
Web: boneodiscoverypark.com.au

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