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Hostelz.com's Review
Coolangatta Sands Hostel is located only a minute's walk from the beach (which is the main attraction of this town), and due to the small size of Coolangatta, is within easy walking distance of everywhere.

The Location

There is a Woolworths and an Aldi supermarket just around the corner, alongside the main shopping street with bars and cafes. The hostel itself is above a traditional pub (or "hotel"), which seems popular with the locals. The Greyhound stop is an easy walk away and the hostel advertises a free shuttle service from the Gold Coast Airport.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are very basic, with our dorm containing only beds and no other furniture. The beds, however, are very comfortable and made from decent quality wood, so they didn't squeak throughout the night! The rooms are air-conditioned (and they need to be during the hot summer) and also open out onto a large balcony. This, however, means that it can be a bit too noisy to leave the doors open at night.

The communal bathrooms are well maintained with a good number of showers and toilets for the size of the hostel, meaning you should rarely have to wait for one. They are generally kept clean and the individual shower cubicles have areas where you can change with privacy and leave your clothes. While not the most powerful showers, they are good by normal hostel shower standards with decent water pressure and plenty of hot water.

Common Spaces

The large Queensland balcony provides a great common space to meet other travelers. There are beds to relax on during the day and also tables and chairs -- making it a great place to eat your meals or catch up with others. The atmosphere can vary depending on the guests staying there. The Gold Coast attracts lots of backpackers looking to party, but as Coolangatta is only a small town, most party animals will pass straight through and stay in the bigger cities like Surfers Paradise. This gives the hostel a more relaxed yet still sociable vibe. It's particularly popular with those looking to surf.

There is a well-equipped kitchen with lots of hobs, making it easy to prepare a meal -- even during the evening rush. The large fridges make it easy to stock up on food from the supermarkets and free tea and coffee (as well as pasta and rice on occasion) is available to help yourself. The included basic continental breakfast is served here daily.


This is a great, reasonably priced hostel, with all the facilities you would expect. Its location so close to the beach is perfect, making it a great pit-stop as you travel up or down the coast.

by Callum
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2015

View of hostel from the street4 bed dormBalcony area
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4   Satisfactory Rather crowded at the time. Airport accessible by public transport. Central location. Value for money.  , age 71, new Zealand ()

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