Hostels are known for their cheap prices, which often leads to a fairly average stay. But a new hostel on the Gold Coast demonstrates that inexpensive accommodation and a unique, architectural experience can go hand-in-hand.

The world’s first “sand hostel” – aptly named the Sand Hostel – opens today for a very limited time (the next three days to be exact).

Located on Kurrawa Beach, the four-metre hostel is made from 24 tonnes of sand, and features a ceiling constructed of rafters and woven bamboo panelling.


The joint project from Hostelworld and Gold Coast Tourism was developed by creative agency Lively Worldwide, along with production designer Jon Dowding, who has worked on films such as Mad Max and The Blue Lagoon. Construction was led by world champion sand sculptor, Denis Masoud.


The hostel will only accommodate ten guests across an eight-bed dorm and a private double room. For the many who have missed out on this opportunity, don’t worry. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the bar, live music and a range of activities including volleyball, surf lessons and beach yoga.


Sand Hostel is open from today until this Friday 22 September. 

Images: Hostelworld