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Where DOES SWELL TAKE PLACE?

SIGNATURE EXHIBITION

UP TO 50 LARGE SCALE SCULPTURES SET AMONG THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE OF CURRUMBIN BEACH.

SWELL Sculpture Festival (SWELL)- Pacific Parade, Currumbin, Queensland 4223 AUSTRALIA. more info

ALSO VISIT POP UP EXHIBITIONS

northerlySWELL - Helensvale Cultural Precinct and Library, Crn Lindfield Rd and Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale, Queensland, 4212, AUSTRALIA more info

westerlySWELL- The Village Green, Mudgeeraba, Railway Street, Mudgeeraba, Queensland, 4213, AUSTRALIA. more info

SWELL Smalls Gallery - at Dust Temple, 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin, Queensland, 4223, AUSTRALIA. more info

WHEN IS SWELL 2020?

We look forward to seeing you for #SWELL2020 between 11 - 20 September, 2020

The exhibition is open all hours so you can enjoy the sculpture at any time. There are Info Hubs along the 1km walkway where you can obtain information. They are open daily from 9am - 5pm.

A selection of sculptures will light up 5pm - 9pm to show a new verve.

Visit a SWELL Information Hub to:

  • Purchase the $5.50 exhibition program - buying a program supports SWELL with all proceeds of sale reinvested into presenting the following year's exhibition.

  • Obtain information about the children’s weekend activities, masterclass, twilight sculpture walks and artist talks.

  • Vote for your favourite sculpture in the People’s Choice Award - place your entry in the barrel at The Hubs.

  • Enquire about purchasing a sculpture

FOR THE EARLY BIRDS, purchase your $5.50 SWELL program at the Currumbin Beach newsagent at 784 Pacific Parade from 6am.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

PLAN YOUR TRIP
Choose to walk, cycle or catch a bus, or park and ride to SWELL and you will be contributing to a cleaner, greener Gold Coast.
CATCH THE BUS TO SWELL
RIDE YOUR BIKE
WALK ALONG THE GOLD COAST OCEANWAY
PARK YOUR CAR AT THE CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

There are two TRANSLINK local busses that pass through SWELL Sculpture Festival at Currumbin.

BUS Route Number 767

Heading South the Translink Bus number 767 starts at The Pines Shopping Centre, Elanora, QLD and goes to Tweed Heads NSW via Pacific Parade, Currumbin, QLD.

LINK TO TIMETABLE 

BUS Route Number 768

LINK TO TIMETABLE

Heading South the Translink Bus number 768 starts at The Pines Shopping Centre, Elanora, QLD and goes to Tweed Heads NSW via Pacific Parade, Currumbin, QLD.

Please note - buses are cashless, don't forget your TRANSLINK GO CARD.

 

RIDE YOUR BIKE, SKATE, SCOOT OR
WALK ALONG THE GOLD COAST OCEANWAY

ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL OCEANWAY THAT RUNS ALL THE WAY ALONG BEACHES OF THE SOUTHERN GOLD COAST.

The Gold Coast Oceanway is a lovely way to get from A to SWELL!

Park and cycle or walk along the Oceanway to come and visit SWELL at Pacific Parade, Currumbin.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON GOLD COAST OCEANWAY

VISITING FROM OUT OF TOWN

PLAN YOUR TRIP

 


TRAVEL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Use the Translink journey planner or download the MyTransLink app to help you reach your destination. Visit their website here - https://translink.com.au/plan-your-journey or call 13 12 30.

Bus stops in the area:

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary stop at the corner of Tomewin Street and Teemangum Street
  • At the northern end of Currumbin Beach opposite the Rocks Resort
  • Centrally opposite the Elephant Rock Café

TRAVEL BY TRAIN

From the Varsity Lakes Train Station, ride the 761 Bus to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. A short walk from the bus stop here will have you at the Swell Sculpture Festival bus stop in no time.


TRAVEL BY CAR FROM THE M1 MOTORWAY

There is limited parking along the Currumbin foreshore. If you are traveling by car we strongly encourage you to use the FREE park and ride on the weekends or park at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary $10 with proceeds going to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.

FROM BRISBANE
Heading south along the M1 Motorway, take exit 95 at Currumbin, follow this road and veer left at the traffic lights onto the Gold Coast Highway. Follow to the lights at the bottom of Currumbin Hill, turn right into Tomewin Street. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Car Park is on your left with a short walk to Pacific Parade, Currumbin.

FROM NSW
Heading north along the M1 Motorway, take exit 95 at Currumbin, turn right at the lights, follow this road and veer left at the traffic lights onto the Gold Coast Highway. Follow to the lights at the bottom of Currumbin Hill. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Car Park is on your left with a short walk to Pacific Parade, Currumbin.


TRAVEL BY CAR FROM THE GOLD COAST HIGHWAY

FROM THE NORTH
Follow the Gold Coast Highway to the bottom of Currumbin Hill, turn left into Tomewin Street. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Car Park is on your left with a short walk to Pacific Parade, Currumbin.

FROM THE SOUTH
Follow the Gold Coast Highway to the bottom of Currumbin Hill, turn right into Tomewin Street. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Car Park is on your left with a short walk to Pacific Parade, Currumbin.

PARKING

PARKING along the Currumbin Beach foreshore is limited and busy during SWELL.

PARK AT CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY CAR PARK - $10 ALL DAY PARKING*
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a National Trust of Australia (Queensland) property, encourages visitors to use their car park - it's just a short 400m stroll to SWELL.

*Proceeds from parking support the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.  All National Trust of Australia (Queensland) members enjoy free parking.

Join National Trust of Australia (Queensland) where you will be supporting us in protecting, conserving and celebrating Queensland’s environmental, wildlife, built and cultural heritage.

OTHER PARKING OPTIONS  

  1. The Currumbin Alley car park at the northern end of Pacific Parade on weekdays
  2. Palm Beach Parklands car park on the Palm Beach side of Currumbin Creek
  3. Surrounding streets for parking include: Teemangum Street, Tomewin Street, Duringan Street, Thrower Drive
  4. Park and catch the Translink Bus Route 767 or 768 Translink App

ACCESS

The majority of the exhibition can be seen from the path along the foreshore. There is limited access to sculptures positioned on the beach and on Elephant Rock for wheelchair or pram users. The best option for access is midweek with better parking accessibility and reduced visitor numbers for ease of manoeuvring. Disabled parking is available near the Information Hub (adjacent Murraba Street), the Alley car park and the southern end near the Surf Club.

STAY

Plan your accommodation and leisure activities around your visit to SWELL. Stay a little longer to experience all we have to offer - over 10 days there are over 50 sculptures to explore, photograph and wander through plus workshops, activities forums and night lighting.  Visit Our Accommodation Page

 

TOILETS

Public toilets are located in the Wallace Nicoll Park at the northern end of Pacific Parade along with temporary toilets in The Wallace Nicholl Park. Additional public toilets are located at the Currumbin Nippers Club at the southern end of Pacific Parade (south of Elephant Rock Café).

FOOD & DRINK

You are most welcome to bring a blanket and a packed picnic lunch, sit among the sculptures and enjoy the exhibition!  The walk is 1km in length so a bottle of water is a good idea for each member of the family. There are several cafes along the sculpture walk and the Currumbin Surf Club at the southern end of Currumbin Beach.

  • Currumbin Vikings Surf Life Saving Club
  • Elephant Rock Café
  • The Beach Shack Cafe and Restaurant
  • The Salt Mill Cafe
  • Sanctuary Cafe at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

DOGS AT SWELL

Your on-leash dog is welcome at SWELL. The majority of sculptures can be viewed from the path and beach areas with your dog by your side. There are exclusion zones at the northern end of Currumbin Beach so please refer to the map provided at the City of Gold Coast website. Dog are not allowed within 200 metres of the flagged patrol areas. Please pick up after your dog. For any other questions, please contact City of Gold Coast directly on 1300 465 326.

CULTURAL CONCIERGE

A curated pocket-size guidebook that visitors (and locals) can always have on hand to explore, uncover and rediscover the vibrant lifestyle experiences this city by the sea offers. Look out for your copy at SWELL or download here

SMALLS GALLERY PROGRAM T'S & C'S

COVID-19

All of our events and programs will be produced in a COVID Safe manor.

Please ensure you do not attend the event if you:

  • are feeling unwell
  • have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • have travelled overseas or to a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.

Please remember social distancing when attending SWELL events. Try and give friends a big wave and smile instead of a hug. Additional signage has been placed around the venue as a reminder of social distancing.

Please wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitiser will be available.

If you start to feel unwell during an event please alert staff, volunteers or event organisers.

Please help keep SWELL COVID Safe and look out for your community.

EVENT TICKETS

If you become unable to attend an event, tickets are transferable.

You may pass your booking to other family or friends and they can update the contact details of people attending on the night. Please email [email protected] to amend your details.

COVID SAFETY AT SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2020 will be delivered in a COVID-19 Safe manner. The safety of the community of the utmost importance. SWELL Sculpture Festival will operate adhering to our Approved COVID-19 Safe Plan and will adjust accordingly as guidelines and recommendations are updated from health authorities.

Please ensure you do not attend the event if you:

  • are feeling unwell
  • have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • have travelled overseas or to a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.

Please remember social distancing when attending SWELL events. Give your friends a big wave and smile instead of a hug. Additional signage has been placed around the site as a reminder of social distancing.

Please wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitiser will be available.

If you start to feel unwell during an event please alert staff, volunteers or event organisers.

Please help keep SWELL COVID Safe and look out for your community.

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2020 COVID-19 Safe Frequently Asked Question.

How can I help keep SWELL COVID?
• Help keep SWELL COVID Safe by practicing responsible personal COVID safety
• If you are unwell, STAY HOME
• Sanitise hands regularly - Good hand hygiene is key to COVID safety
• Physical distancing is very important.
• Remain 1.5m away from people you do not live with (non-household members)
• No handshaking – elbow tap instead
• No hugging – just wave and smile
• Remind your friends and family to be COVID Safe
• Download the Australian Government COVID Safe app
• Check in to the SWELL Visitor Registration program to assist with contact tracing via QR Code found at SWELL Information Hubs
• Keep left on and keep moving on pathway
• Do not stop on the pathway
• Be kind & respectful to others and have a COVID Safe SWELL.

Where can I find hand sanitiser to use at SWELL?
• Sanitising stations at can be found at regular intervals along the sculpture walk
• Hand sanitiser can be found at the SWELL Information Hubs
• There are maps at the Information Hubs showing the location of hand sanitiser stations.
• Sanitiser is placed in all toilet facilities along Currumbin Beach.

What cleaning/health practices have been implemented?
• Preventative measures have been taken to reduce common contact areas.
• SWELL is an outdoor event where physical distancing is easily achieved.
• Visitors to SWELL are asked to practice good hand hygiene
• SWELL has altered the program for 2020. There are minimal hands-on activity, but still plenty to see, inspire and immerse in.
• Contactless payment is preferred at SWELL Information Hubs to purchase Printed Programs
• SWELL Kids Elements sculptural workshops are available FREE online
• Sculptures have been curated to encourage audience to Look and Flow through the exhibition

Are FREE artist talks and FREE twilight walk still taking place?
• Yes, please come along and listen while remaining 1.5m away from others
• Ask at the SWELL information Hubs for times.

What are some fun things I can participate in this year at SWELL?
• Enjoy walking through Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture gallery at Currumbin Beach
• Twilight walks at the main exhibition in Currumbin 5pm Sunday 13 & 20, meet at Ally Picnic Hut (remember to physical distance)
• Full program of events is happening at SWELL Smalls Gallery at Dust Temple. Including masterclasses, live music and spoken word events & culinary adventures. Check out details on website.
• #SWELLsnap2020 Photography competition for everyone to enter. For more details head to website.
• Enjoy a famous SWELL Ice Cream as you walk through the sculptures along Currumbin Beach
• Visit pop-up exhibitions at westerlySWELL, easterlySWELL, northerlySWELL and SWELL Smalls Gallery
• Grad a bite to eat from a local café or restaurant.

What is happening with SWELL Kids Elements this year?
• Program has been altered due to COVID 19 – limited tactile works
• FREE Online kids workshops available on website and youtube
• Free Movie Night with Gold Coast Film Festival 19th September in Wallace Nicoll Park -The Wishmass Tree
• Fun activities can be found in the SWELL Printed Program for kids to enjoy.
• Join the sculpture hunt – check out details in printed program available for $5 from Information Hubs onsite.
• Visit the Somerset Storyfest Pop Up Library located near the Currumbin Alley Car park. Pick a FREE book to take home.
• Enjoy an ice cream as you walk through the sculptures

Does SWELL have an approved COVID Safe Plan?
• Yes, SWELL has developed a comprehensive COVID Safe Plan and will remain fluid with planning and adapting and will always follow the directives of Queensland Health.

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