Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo is indeed a very unique place and can raise curiosity. Because for us Indonesians, of course exploring a desert is a rare event – one that may only be felt once in a lifetime.

How come? hot temperature, scorching light, and heavy footsteps is an atmosphere that is rarely found in Indonesia. Although Indonesia also has a tropical climate which is hot during the day, hehe.

Also read: 5 Tips for Vacation in the Desert that Make Your Tour Experience Unforgettable

You don’t need to go all the way to the Sahara Desert or other Middle Eastern deserts, it turns out that Indonesia has Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo which are no less cool, you know!

A very popular photography and surfing destination in this beloved country. Are you curious about the gamuk pasir facts? Check out the Travel Addict writing!

1. Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo is close to various other cool tourist attractions!

Do you know? It turns out that Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo is close to several other tourist sites, you know! If you are a traveler who stays around the sand dunes for a few nights, you can really visit Cemara Sewu Beach (0.8 km) and Parangtritis Geomaritime Science Park (2.4 km).

Based on the reviews of a number of people, these places are highly recommended to visit, you know! Why, how come? The following is an explanation from the Travel Addict:

Cemara Sewu Beach

As the name suggests, a number of shady pine trees are lined up, making it perfect for those of you who like to travel to cool places. What’s more, Cemara Sewu Beach has a large area with 4 pavilions, making it the best choice for a vacation spot with the family.

Cemara Sewu Beach
Beautiful View of Cemara Sewu Beach (Source: Reservation Blog)

With an entrance ticket price of IDR 10,000 / person, you can enjoy large and small bungalows to rest, invite children to play on the swing, and try various snacks.

Parangtritis Geomaritime Science Park (PGSP)

For those of you who want to vacation with your family, while motivating your children to learn, PGSP is a tourist site near the best sand dunes, you know! Here, visitors like you can learn various information about maritime affairs, watch movies, play drones, outbound, and various other interesting things.

Parangtritis Geomaritime Science Park (PGSP)
Educational museum in the desert ?? (Source: Yogyakarta – Travel Guide)

Not only that, for 1-2 hours at PGSP, you will be guided by educators, so that your curiosity about maritime can be answered so quickly! With free entry, you get a lot of conveniences.

2. Attached to Mount Merapi

That said, it is said that the sand in the Parangkusumo sand dune comes from Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu, which were washed away and then eroded by the Progo River.

Mount Merapi eruption
Gumuk material made from the eruption of Mount Merapi? (

There are also sources who say that the sand material is the result of the eruption of Mount Merapi, which is then used by local residents as a source of income and employment, such as sandboarding.

3. Sandboarding gumuk pasir

Want to have a surfing experience in the desert without having to go all the way to the Middle East? Well, don’t worry, because the Parangkusumo sand dunes can be your coolest surfing experience!

Sandboarding at Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo
Sandboarding acrobatics! (Source: Travel Tribune)

Even though the surfboard rental price is quite expensive (IDR 100,000.00), you can surf to your heart’s content. Eitt …. not only there! You can feel the pleasure of sandboarding after 3:00 p.m. WIB when the sand is not too hot. Wow, who doesn’twant to surf in coolweather?

4. Famous sand dunes

How not famous in Indonesia? Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo, as one of the only sandboarding spots in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, is a target for people who want to take a vacation.

In addition, this sand dune has cool and unique photo spots, which are usually the best photography spots. Its location is close to the beach and has a wide landscape, making it the best spot for sunsetphotos.

Spot cool photos at Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo
Spot cool photos! (Source:

And you know what? Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo was used as a shooting location for the production of several video clips. As for the video “Godai Aku Lagi”, starring Agnezmo, as well as a video band letto.

So, those are the unique facts about Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo. It turns out that after reading and reading, how cool is this Indonesian tourist site! So can’t wait to schedule a vacation and pack there! You feel that way too, right?

Last but no last! For those of you who want to go to Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo, here is some information that can at least help you!

AddressJl. Parangkusumo Beach RT. 1, Grogol 10, Kretek, Parangtritis, Beach, Parangtritis, Kec. Kretek, Bantul, Yogyakarta Special Region 55772
Parking feeIDR 10,000 (car) and IDR 5,000 (motorbike). Free parking fee if you arrive at 05.30 – 06.00
facilitiesPrayer rooms, public toilets, parking lots, seats, and stalls.
Operational hourThere is no