Mike Lewis from Oregon working on one of his sandcastle masterpieces on Shelly Beach.
Mike Lewis from Oregon working on one of his sandcastle masterpieces on Shelly Beach. Alistair Brightman

Mike Lewis is the king of the mystery sandcastles

EXCEPTIONAL. Mysterious. Remarkable. Extraordinary. Wonderful. They're words being thrown around to describe a previously unidentified sand sculptor and a castle he built on a Hervey Bay beach last week.

So impressive was the work that it sparked a region-wide search for the mystery man - who it turns out is named Mike Lewis.

Mike has been on holidays in Hervey Bay with his wife Sue for the past month, visiting from Beaverton in Oregon, USA.

He's been creating sandcastles since he was 10 - that's 45 years and counting.

"It's fun, it's great," Mike said.

"I grew up in New Jersey and when I was graduating from college the guy interviewing me said he wanted to take me to Oregon for a job and said, 'do you have any questions?' and I said 'is there a beach?'."

Mike's tips

  • Tools: ice-block stick, putty knife, shovel and wood block
  • Work top to bottom
  • Use wet sand
  • Bermuda's a waste of time: worst sand ever
Councillor Darren Everard (right) and sandcastle sculptor Mike Lewis.
Councillor Darren Everard (right) and sandcastle sculptor Mike Lewis. contributed

Why you should change your iPhone passcode

Why you should change your iPhone passcode

Do you use a six-digit passcode for your iPhone?

Splendour tickets sold out in minutes

Splendour tickets sold out in minutes

If you missed out, don’t panic and read on

The joy is in the giving, and giving, and giving

The joy is in the giving, and giving, and giving

The joy is in the giving, and giving, and giving

Local Partners