Gold Coasters try to break world record for most sandcastles built in 1 hour

More than 1200 people whipped out their buckets and spades and gathered on the iconic sands of Surfers Paradise on Sunday afternoon in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Most sandcastles built in one hour.

While more than 3,000 60cm tall sandcastles were 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.

Gold Coasters were forced to battle with the wind and high tides, which unfortunately played a major factor in the end result.


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

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said Gold Coasters should be extremely proud for coming together and giving their all.

“While unfortunately we didn’t break the title today, we are extremely humbled by the support and participation of everyone who turned out. We asked for your help Gold Coast and you really gave it everything you had!

“It’s fantastic to see people from our city come together to channel their civic pride, while showcasing our beautiful white sandy beaches to the world. The community spirit was alive and well on the Gold Coast today.

“Support from the community has been overwhelming and we are proud to host free, family-friendly events like the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt as part of Sand Safari to bring Gold Coasters together.”