SAND SCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Australian Sand Sculpting Championships are held at Surfers Paradise every year for the last two weeks in February. This year , was only the second year of them being held. Unfortunately, terrible wild windy and wet weather was experienced, so when I went to see them, so of them had crumbled, what a shame.
I missed the first year but have been to every one since and love them!
2013 and the sculptures were of African animals.
2014 was "Under the sea"
2015 was "Magical Friendships" - Disney Characters.
The professional sculptors and one wildcard entrant use heavy sand (brickies sand) which is different to the fine beach sand. This sand holds together better, requiring nothing more than water to hold the sculpture together. Almost 200 tonnes is shipped in for the event!
The public vote for their favorite sculpture, by placing a $1 coin in a box, THEN the peoples choice is announced on the last day.
For the public, you can learn sand art and do a bottle making workshop, prices started from $5 and for children, there is a sand activities marquees where children can create their own sand art, put 14 colours of sand in a bottle to take home and more. A small fee is charged.
IT IS A FREE EVENT
Photos are in a travelogue.
- Arts and Culture
Surfers Paradise has some lovely young ladies dressed in a golden Bikini who are known as 'METER MAIDS"
You may or may not come across them! They have been around [not the same girls] for 49years and you wouldn't believe what their job has been all that time.
THERE JOB IS FEEDING THE PARKING METER WITH COINS SO THE TOURIST DOESN'T RECEIVE A FINE FOR OVERSTAYING THEIR STAY!
They are an Icon on the Gold coast, and so is there gold Bikini.
The Surfers Paradise Meter Maids were introduced in 1965 to help beat the bad image created by the installation of parking meters on the tourist strip in December 1964. Back then, it was a controversial promotion, but one that worked very well. They soon were known worldwide!
They no longer wear a tiara, instead, not a so brief Bikini and an Aussie Akubra hat to prevent them from sunburn.
They are helpful and friendly, so if you see them wandering around, feel free to ask them a question about the Gold Coast. They gave me a little booklet of which the second photo is of.
I see they now sell merchandise including Calendars, Wall posters, Drink Coasters & coolers, Bar Runners and Mouse Pads.
If you want to take a photo of them, it was cost you $5. This helps pay for them to do their job.
Surfers Paradise Meter Maids!
The glamorous Meter Maids are a Surfers Paradise icon and have been around since 1965. They walk around saving forgetful motorists from parking fines and they enjoy stopping for photos.
- Water Sports
The pace of life
The pace of life in Noosa Heads, and Queensland in general is relaxing and fun. This makes it an ideal place for a holiday and getaway from busy city life.