Information for the Gold Coast Community

Whilst Schoolies is often referred to as a festival or event, it is essentially a holiday period when Year 12 school leavers, who are predominantly under the age of 18, book end-of-school holidays in popular tourist destinations. The Gold Coast has been a chosen destination for many Queensland high school graduates since the 1970s.

The Queensland Government doesn't promote or encourage young people to book Schoolies holidays however, it is committed to ensuring that the holiday period is as safe as possible for school leavers, local residents, businesses and the community in general.

This is achieved through the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response which provides support to school leavers and the local community, and aims to balance the needs of both by encouraging young people to engage in safe and responsible behaviour.

In 2021, the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response will be activated from Saturday 20 – Friday 26 November.

  • Accommodation Providers

    Information and advice to help Accommodation Managers help young people stay safe during the school leaver holiday period.

  • Gold Coast community

    Information for the local Gold Coast community about the school leaver holiday period.

  • Road closures

    Latest information around road closures required in Surfers Paradise during Schoolies to keep all pedestrians safe.