Gold Coasters break national record for most sandcastles built in 1 hour

Woo hoo!

Well, we may not have broken the Guinness World Record for the most number of sandcastles built in one hour, but we did manage to nab the national record, according to The Australian Book of Records!

History was made on Sunday, February 18 when 1,200 locals and visitors gathered on the iconic sands of Surfers Paradise beach with their buckets and spades in tow.


Despite extraordinary efforts, with more than 3,000 60cm tall sandcastles constructed in the one-hour time limit, only 1,589 were officially accepted as per the rules and guidelines laid out by Guinness World Records.

To take the title, Gold Coasters needed to beat the previous world record of 2,230 sandcastles, which was set in Germany in 2013.

The record attempt, organised by Surfers Paradise Alliance as part of the 2018 Sand Safari Arts Festival, has a silver lining though – with The Australian Book of Records acknowledging the 1,589 sandcastles as a qualifying number to take out the national title for Most sandcastles built in one hour!

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said although Surfers Paradise didn’t take out the world record this time around, he was overwhelmed by the community spirit exhibited at the attempt.

“What a wonderful sight it was to see people of all ages come together to channel their pride for our city and to help Surfers Paradise make history on a global scale, while showcasing our beautiful white sandy beaches to the world,” Mr Winlaw said.