Gold Coast is getting a pop-up hostel made from 24 tonnes of sand

24 tonnes of sand will be used to build a temporary hostel on the Gold Coast later this month, a collaboration between widely used booking platform Hostelworld and Gold Coast Tourism. The sparkling foreshore will be home to this one-off pop-up across three days, looking out across the ocean from the area’s stunning Kurrawa Terrace.

The hostel, which will be open for public bookings from 20th to 22nd September, will feature two exclusive accommodation spaces for guests (one eight-bed form and one private double room) while locals and visitors will also be welcome across the three days to head along for a bunch of activities, including beach volleyball, surf lessons, beach yoga, sand sculpting classes and a bunch of food trucks parked up.

“By teaming up with Gold Coast Tourism, we 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”, said Niall Walsh of HostelWorld. “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”.

The hostel has been created by production designer John Dowding, who is best known for his work on Mad Max and The Blue Lagoon. A world champion sand sculptor, Denis Masoud, has also been involved and will build the structure with some surprising details.

Those wanting to spent a night or two at the Sand Hostel will have to win the opportunity via the official Hostelworld Facebook page or book one of the very limited spots via the Hostelworld website.