Backpacker Hostel offers clean, safe, modern and affordable accommodation facilities. Located in the heart of Coolangatta and less than a kilometre to the famous Coolangatta Beach, it’s the perfect place to base yourself and explore the world-famous Gold Coast. Our dorm rooms have 4, 6 or 8 single beds. We also have 5 private rooms (Double or Twin).

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Kitchen | The Sands Hostel kitchen is fully equipped for all your cooking requirements, including pots with handles, plates and cutlery – with no hire charges. You will have a designated food shelf for your bed and an allocated shelf in one of our two fridges.

Bathrooms/Showers | The Sands Hostel provides backpackers with large spacious showers that are cleaned daily and have an endless supply of hot water. Our water saving shower heads will ensure you don’t use too much water though!

TV Lounge | Use our TV Lounge with big screen TV and DVD for lazy afternoons or when you’re exhausted from a day in the ocean or lying in the sun on the beach. We have a library of movies to choose from as well as local area TV stations.

Internet | Three computers with high-speed broardband plus WiFi coverage is available within the building. There’s even a flash drive reader, so you can easily copy all your travelling photos onto disk.

Chill-out Balconies | Our terraced balconies offer a wonderful chill-out area, with beach views and the fresh breeze off the ocean. With the art deco architecture of upper Coolangatta main street below, you can enjoy many lazy afternoons reading a book on our balcony day beds while you watch the world go by.

Laundry | The laundry has coin-operated commercial grade Maytag washers and dryers as well as a fold-down ironing table and iron for those special nights out when a creased shirt will just not make the grade. Guests can buy washing powder at reception.

Employment/Job Network Board | The Sands has developed an affiliation with local businesses and farms to help you find short term employment while you’re in the area. This service comes at no cost to either you or the employer and is a simple system of bringing you and prospective employers together. The hallway notice board is regularly updated with details of most available positions in the area. Additional job searches can be made at,,

Security | Security is a vital point when selecting a hostel or backpackers accommodation. The Sands offers secure swipe cards for entry to the building and to each room. Once in your room, you have your own secured locker for added peace of mind. Our premises are managed daily by Grant, our onsite manager.

Cleaner | We are very aware of the importance of cleanliness to your ensure your stay is enjoyable, so our dedicated cleaners are up early every morning making sure your facilities are kept clean at all times. Nothing worse than a grimy shower or dirty kitchen!

Car Parking | Time-limited car parking is available in front of the building during business hours and there are some free car parking areas located very close to our venue. Ask us for details.

9am till 10pm Check-in | With our live in manager Grant onsite most of the time and reception open till 10pm each night we can check you in at any hour of the evening. If you have an early morning arrival, just let us know and we will do our best to get you into your room ahead of schedule.

Luggage Storage | Matilda the koala, the keeper of the luggage storage room, will give you access to our secure storage area.

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