Most people love to find a hotel near the beach.
But, for those travelling to Australia's Gold Coast, they may never need to leave their bedroom – if they opt to choose in one of the region's quirkiest new venues.
The aptly-titled Sand Hostel, in Kurrawa Beach, has caused a stir with holiday-makers, this week, after they learned it's built entirely from sand.
Innovative: The Sand Hostel's private double room is an impressive architectural achievement
Constructed using 24 tonnes of local grains, the two-metre-high inn was built in just three weeks thanks to a team of specialist builders.
The finished result boasts one private double room and an eight-bed dormitory, plus a communal bar, lounge area and volleyball court.
Believed to be the world's first sand hostel, the venture is a joint effort between three companies: Hostelworld, Gold Coast Tourism and Lively Worldwide.
It was co-designed by sand sculptor Denis Masoud and film production designer Jon Dowding, whose Hollywood credits include Mad Max.
However, keen travellers will need to be quick if they want to experience it – the pop-up venue will only function for three nights between 20-22 September.
Booking opens via HostelWorld on Wednesday, 20 September, with prices starting from AUS $7.50 per night (£4.44).
World's first? The venture is a joint effort between three companies: Hostelworld, Gold Coast Tourism and Lively Worldwide
Lounge area: Guests can relax in the communal area, which includes shade and sun loungers
Eight-bed dorm: The bespoke build allows up to eight holiday-makers to share a large room
Yep, there's storage! Thankfully, not everything is made of sand – including these lockers
Stylish: Although it'll only function for three days, the spartan hostel is still well-decorated
This competitive price includes food and drink, plus other extras: access to live musicians and DJs, plus yoga sessions and surf lessons.
'This partnership with Hostelworld is not only fun and innovative but celebrates one of the most important visitor markets for the Gold Coast,' Gold Coast Tourism executive director, Dean Gould, told Australian title Marketing.
'We believe it does an incredible job of both showcasing the modern hostelling experience while also highlighting the incredible things the Gold Coast has to offer to young travellers who want to explore Australia,' added Hostelworld’s head of acquisition, Niall Walsh.
Aerial view: The Sand Hostel was co-designed by sand sculptor Denis Masoud and film production designer Jon Dowding, whose Hollywood credits include Mad Max
Take a seat! An outdoor sofa is built using wet sand, which they matched with a coffee table
Cheers to that! Naturally, there's a pop-up beach bar in the venue which serves refreshments
Added extras: Beds start from just AUS $7.50 (£4.44) and availability launches tomorrow
Work in action: The Sand Hostel being built by a team of local designers and constructors