Boneo Discovery Park


Sand Sculpting Australia and Boneo Discovery Park presents 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.

Set inside a magical outdoor space to discover art, nature and play, Boneo Discovery Park’s new exhibit will appeal to families and visitors of all ages.

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.

The exhibition will be complemented by an augmented reality app with each of the 26 sculptures having an augmented reality sign that brings the characters to life. While the pages of the Animalia book feature lavish illustrations containing intricate details and moral messages, the sand sculpting exhibition will be just as immersive, revealing hidden stories through this on-screen app experience.

The sand sculpting area will also feature sand art tables, workshops with sand sculpting sand and a mini diggers play pit. There’s also pedal boats, a snack bar kiosk and plenty of shady, grassy picnic spots for visitors to enjoy.

ANIMALIA IN SAND Open 14th December 2019 – 30th April 2020
at Boneo Discovery Park on the Mornington Peninsula

A New Years Eve celebration the entire family can enjoy!

We are back with our sell out family friendly NYE event, a jam packed night of entertainment, interactive activations and delicious food and drinks.

Experience the magic of ANIMALIA In Sand with a world first Augmented Reality experience, Our favourite lantern artist The Lanternist will be back with pieces from Lantasia lights and their brand new Energies collection created for White Night 2019.

Interactive activations, workshops and activities will keep the little ones busy while you sit back and enjoy some live music and some delicious local wine and beer. We will have plenty of delicious food options or you can make your own picnic to bring along.

The bigger kids can enjoy our bungee tramps, rock wall and pedal boats while our mini train, carousel and jumping castle are perfect for our youngest visitors.

New Years Eve from 6pm – 10pm at Boneo Discovery Park

Boneo Discovery Park, 695 Limestone Road, Fingal

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