Sculpture by the Sea is an annual, free sculpture exhibition along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama Beach. In 2018, it runs from 18th October to 4th November and there are 107 sculptures on display. We had such an awesome time visiting yesterday. And it definitely gets the BIG thumbs up ?? from us!
Now I’m not sure if it was the sculptures this year, or that they are older, but my two preschoolers engaged with them so much more than previous years. And have already asked to go back again. ✔️✔️ So yes, young kids and art can mix! Well at least in this setting – outdoors and with sculptures that appeal to kids (in funny ways). Our ‘kids choice’ pick is still being talked about by my boys. ???
Read our top tips and see our favourite sculptures below.
Tips for Visiting Sculpture By The Sea with Young Kids
As you can see from the map, most of the sculptures are located at Marks Park, Tamarama Beach and the path in between. We parked near Marks Park and walked from there to Tamarama Beach. It took us about 2.5hrs round trip, including a play on the beach.
At Marks Park you will find a playground, food trucks, toilets and plenty of space for a picnic. Plus an information booth where you can buy a Kids Guide for $6. We found this really helpful as there is a map, description of each sculpture and activities for the kids to do.
It’s best to leave the pram behind as there are lots of stairs along the way (see map below). But if you need to take it, then Marks Park is pram friendly and has lots of sculptures so you could just go there.
We STRONGLY recommend visiting on a weekday. Our mid afternoon visit on Thursday was very pleasant. And if you can’t go on a weekday, then we recommend you go very early or later in the day on the weekend. Or be prepared to shuffle along in a large crowd!
Along the sculpture walk, there are water refill stations so remember your water bottle.
If going to Tamarama Beach, you will find toilets, cafe and playground. Remember to pack a towel and sand toys as the kids are bound to be drawn to the beach. Just keep in mind that this beach has rough surf most of the time so best to just wet your feet and dig in the sand.
There are a lot of sculptures to see and chances are you won’t see them all, or have time to properly appreciate them. Which is why it is worth grabbing the kids guide and marking the ones you really want to see before you set off.
We found the sculptures this year a lot more appealing to young kids overall. And there weren’t that many that they couldn’t touch. Which was perfect for them to really engage with the art. But make sure to read the sign for each sculpture first to see if its OK to touch them.
The only downside for us of visiting Sculpture By The Sea this year was having to rush back to our car as we had parked in a 2hr spot near Marks Park. And even then we had been there 2.5hrs. We definitely could have spent a lot longer. Next time, I think we will park somewhere with unlimited parking and then catch a bus there.
The coastal walk itself is gorgeous so make sure to leave enough time to take in the beautiful ocean views.
Here is a selection of our favourite sculptures along the walk from Marks Park to Tamarama Beach. They are the ones that really appealed to my kids. And included toe tickling, bum humour, nose picking, reflections, funnel web spider impersonations, animal encounters, cable ties, musical statues and mega heads! Kids will be kids!!
Finding Sculpture By The Sea
We parked on Fletcher Street, which is restricted to 2hrs. We then walked down to Marks Park. There is also a bus stop on Fletcher Street. Think next time we will park further away and catch a bus down so we can enjoy ourselves for longer.