The world’s first sand hostel has opened on the Gold Coast foreshore. Located on Kurrawa Terrace, the hostel resembles a giant sand castle with beige walls and rough finishes.

The hostel offers two exclusive spaces for guests: an eight-bed dorm and one private double room. The unique accommodation is a collaboration between Hostelworld, the largest online hostel-booking platform, and Gold Coast Tourism.

To celebrate the opening, a three-day event will be held from 20 to 22 September. Guests can snap up limited accommodation spots will be through a competition on the Hostelworld Facebook page or by booking on the Hostelworld website.

However, anyone can come and enjoy the facilities during the day and live music into the evening at the beachfront lounge and bar. Food trucks, beach volleyball, surf lessons, beach yoga and sand sculpting classes are also available.

The hostel was built using approximately 24 tonnes of sand and is the brainchild of accredited production designer Jon Dowding, who worked on the films Mad Max and The Blue Lagoon, and world champion sand sculptor Dennis Masoud.

Hostelworld’s Head of Acquisition Niall Walsh says they want to challenge the perception of hostels and show how they are amazing social hubs where you meet open minded travellers and create extraordinary memories.

“We’ve listened to what our customers want and created the ultimate dream hostel right here on the Gold Coast. The Sand Hostel will offer the opportunity for the lucky guests to immerse themselves in the local Gold Coast culture and interact with travellers from across the globe with the sand between their toes in a beautiful setting.

It will be unlike anything anyone has ever seen before.”

Gold Coast Tourism Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategy Dean Gould says that collaborating with Hostelworld was a natural fit to show young travellers the real Gold Coast experience through modern hostelling.

“There is an inexplicable energy that lives here and we invite young travellers to see how the Gold Coast has evolved. Our unique coastal culture, emerging street food and craft beer hubs, iconic beaches and lush hinterland sets the scene for truly memorable experiences.”

Gould and his team are excited for guests to uncover those genuine, remarkable moments that millennials so desire and that are in abundance on the Gold Coast.

Read more about the sand hotel’s launch here.