Beasts take over


Tara Murray

The creepy and crawly are invading Watergardens Shopping Centre.

For four weeks, four large insects, each spanning four metres high, will be calling the shopping centre home as part of the Mini Beasts display.

The singing cicada, the neon cuckoo bee, Australian Swallowtail butterfly and the Australian jumping spider react to movement and feature lights and bright colours across their bodies, wings and antennae.

Watergardens centre manager Joe Galea said the insects will intrigue people of all ages.

“We’re really excited to showcase these beautiful Mini Beasts sculptures,” he said.

“While kids will love their giant nature and majestic colours, these creatures are really quite spectacular to see and a great opportunity for locals of all ages to come down, interact and snap a pic or two with them.”

Shoppers are also encouraged to get involved in a QR trail hunt with instant prizes available.

There are also fun downloadable activity sheets to continue the fun at home.

The beasts are already on display and will be in the centre until July 18.

The school holiday fun will continue at the centre, with wildlife ambassadors visiting with a range of mammals, birds and reptiles for a meet and greet between July 5 and 9.