From the 20th-23rd of September Gold Coasters experienced the world’s first hostel made from 24 tonnes of sand.
The idea envisioned by Hostel World and Gold Coast Tourism, aimed to challenge the perception of shared accommodation.
In a statement on Destination Gold Coast’s website, Gold Coast Tourism said that hostels should no longer be seen as a cheap place to crash.
“Hostels have undergone a revolution and have evolved into stylish, social hubs encouraging new, once in a lifetime experiences,” they said.
The project was brought to life by sand sculptor, Dennis Masoud and production designer, Job Dowling who has worked on movies such as Mad Max.
Social media influencer and travel blogger, Sophie Matters said it was the most unique place she has ever stayed in.
“I’ve slept in a lot of amazing places around the world, but this one tops it,” Ms Matters said.
“After enjoying a great night of partying, I was able to wake up and walk right out onto the sand and watch the whales playing on the horizon.”
Those who were unable to stay overnight could enjoy the hostel’s night time entertainment, bar, and food trucks.
Gold Coast resident, Kelly Brown said she wishes the city could have a more permanent structure on the beach.
“We have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches on the coast, it would be a waste not to party on them every weekend,” Ms Brown said.
“If tourists were able to come stay in a place like this, people from all over the world would come to check it off their bucket list.”
Visit Gold Coast Tourism’s website to find out more about the hostel and other events on the Gold Coast.
Watch the video below to see more of the hostel.