Lonely Planet Writer

Would you spend the night at the world’s first sandcastle hostel on Australia's Gold Coast?

Already stayed in a treehouse, yurt and a lighthouse? Perhaps it’s time to book a stay in the world’s first sandcastle hostel, where you can hang out on the beach and spend the night between walls made of sand.

The hostel made of sand in Australia. Image by Hostelworld

The new hostel has opened up on Australia’s Gold Coast as part of a partnership between Hostelworld and Gold Coast Tourism. They commissioned the world champion sand sculptor Dennis Massoud to create the structure on Broadbeach. Made out of 24 tonnes of sand over 21 days, the fully-functioning hostel will now open to travellers lucky enough to book a stay.

The rooms are made of sand, but you won’t have to skimp on comfort. Image by Hostelworld

The hostel can be booked on the Hostelworld site for the night of Thursday 21 September, and features an eight-bed dorm room and a luxury private room. Those lucky enough to get a bed will be able to take part in activities like surf lessons, cocktail-making classes and more. There will also be yoga instructors, food trucks, beach volleyball and plenty of music from local artists and DJs.

The amazing hostel was created after Hostelworld asked on Facebook what travellers thought their dream hostel would be, with a sandcastle beating out other options like a mountain retreat and more. The tourism group is also hoping to promote the Gold Coast as a top destination, citing the “unique coastal culture, emerging street food and craft beer hubs, iconic beaches and lush hinterland”.

Hang out on the beach inside a room of sand walls. Image by Hostelworld

The Gold Coast is famous as an Australian holiday destination with 52 kilometres of beach and 300 sunny days a year. Some of the top attractions in the area are Point Danger, Lamington National Park and many more.