The Festival of Busselton Sandcastle Competition was hotly contested, with over 300 competitors digging, sculpting and moulding their creations for a chance to win $50 and the prestigious title of best sandgroper. Tom was going to enter solo, and build an architecturally designed solar-passive castle, but his mature age rendered him ineligible. So the competitive McAuliffe family joined forces, and with a brickies trowel, buckets and shovels, set to work on their vision which quickly dissolved due to lack of planning.
The sun beat down on turtles, mermaids, fish, boats and traditional turrets, with points deducted for the use of imported materials such as flags. The family didn't win, but there were smiles on sun kissed faces all round. A great Aussie cultural arvo.