The Gold Coast has been the popular choice for many Queensland schoolies since the 1970s.

Every year the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response is activated to enhance the safety of schoolies staying and partying in Surfers Paradise. In 2019, the Response will be activated from Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November.

The Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response is for genuine 2019 Year 12 school leavers. The Response provides you with a range of support services to help keep you safe, and also includes official Safer Schoolies wristbanding allowing you FREE nightly access to the Schoolies Hub where you can celebrate with your mates.

Make sure you check out below for everything you need to know and organise for a safe and enjoyable Schoolies on the Gold Coast.

The Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response is activated during the peak Schoolies period – the week that follows is sometimes referred to as ‘Week 2’. If you are visiting the Gold Coast after Friday 22 November 2019, make sure you check out our section on ‘Week 2’

Wristbands and ID

Want access to the nightly Schoolies Hub? Then you’ll have to get yourself an official 2019 Safer Schoolies wristband. Wristbands are FREE and are only given to genuine 2019 Year 12 school leavers.

How do I get my official 2019 Safer Schoolies wristband?

Getting an official Safer Schoolies wristband is easy - you just need your valid 2019 Australian Year 12 school photo ID card.

Your school ID card must:

  • include your year level and include the current year (to prove that you are graduating Year 12 this year)
  • include your photo
  • be issued by an Australian high school

No valid school ID = No Schoolies wristband/ID = No Schoolies Hub access

Got a problem with your school ID? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below to get your questions answered.

Where do I get my official Safer Schoolies wristband from?

For Schoolies on the Gold Coast, you can get your official Schoolies wristband from the Wristband Centre located on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cypress Avenue.

It will be open:

  • 11am to 8pm - Saturday 16 November 2019
  • 6pm to 8pm - Sunday 17 November to Friday 22 November 2019.

Frequently asked questions

My school ID doesn’t have a photo – how can I get my official Safer Schoolies wristband?

As well as your high school ID card, you will also need to bring your driver’s licence or passport to the Wristband Centre as photographic proof.

My school ID doesn’t have my year level – how can I get my official Safer Schoolies wristband?

You will need to ask your school for a letter (on official school letterhead) confirming that you are a Year 12 school leaver in 2019. Make sure you bring both the letter and your school photographic ID to the Wristband Centre.

I don’t have a Year 12 photo ID at all. Can I still get an official Safer Schoolies wristband?

No.

You will need to prove that you are a genuine Year 12 school leaver. You can do this by bringing your driver’s license or passport with you as well as a letter from your school (on official letterhead) confirming that you are a genuine Year 12 school leaver in 2019. Make sure you bring both the letter and your photographic ID with you to the Wristband Centre.

I dropped out of school, but I am still coming to Schoolies on the Gold Coast. Can I get an official Safer Schoolies wristband?

No.

If you have dropped out of school, the ONLY way you can access an official Safer Schoolies wristband is if you are still studying. For example, you must still be participating in other Australian education pathways e.g. TAFE or a registered apprentice AND you must be able to prove that you would have graduated Year 12 this year.

You will need to provide a letter signed by your Australian Registered Training Organisation (on company letterhead) stating that you are registered as an apprentice or attending TAFE, AND if you had continued your high school education, you would have graduated Year 12 this year. This letter must be brought with you to the Wristband Centre along with your current photo ID.

I am home-schooled and don’t have a current Year 12 school ID. How can I get a Safer Schoolies wristband?

If you are home-schooled, you must provide a letter either from your state’s Department of Education and Training (on Government letterhead) or from your Home-schooling network that states you are a current Year 12 school leaver. This letter and an official photographic ID (e.g. drivers licence or passport) must be brought with you to the Wristband Centre.

Where can I get my official Safer Schoolies wristband?

For Schoolies on the Gold Coast, you can get your official Safer Schoolies wristband from the Wristband Centre located on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cypress Avenue, Surfers Paradise.

Opening hours are:

  • 11am to 8pm - Saturday 16 November 2019
  • 6pm to 8pm - Sunday 17 November to Friday 22 November 2019.

What does my official Safer Schoolies wristband entitle me to on the Gold Coast?

An official Safer Schoolies wristband entitles you to access the Schoolies Hub nightly between 7pm and midnight from Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November, 2019. The Schoolies Hub is a fenced, alcohol and drug-free zone on the beach in Surfers Paradise providing nightly DJ entertainment and a Chill Out Night on Tuesday 19 November. The Schoolies Hub can only be accessed by genuine 2019 Year 12 school leavers wearing an official Safer Schoolies wristband.

Can I purchase a Safer Schoolies wristband?

No – if you are attending Schoolies on the Gold Coast, official Safer Schoolies wristbands are free for genuine Year 12 school leavers.

I need to take my Safer Schoolies wristband off for work. Can I get another one?

No. There are no repeat wristbands.

I can’t make it to Wristband Centre until after 8pm. Is there any other way to get a Safer Schoolies wristband after the Centre closes?

No. Official Safer Schoolies wristbands are only issued to schoolies during opening hours stated below. You will have to wait until the following night to access the Wristband Centre.

Opening hours are:

  • 11am to 8pm - Saturday 16 November 2019
  • 6pm to 8pm - Sunday 17 November to Friday 22 November 2019.

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Schoolies Hub

Looking for the best place to party at Schoolies? Well make sure you head down to the Schoolies Hub right on Surfers Paradise beach.

The Schoolies Hub is a fenced, alcohol and drug-free entertainment precinct on the beach. With two stages providing nightly entertainment and a Chill Out Night on Tuesday 19 November.

The best part of all is that it’s FREE to attend – you just need your official Safer Schoolies wristband to gain entry.

Oh, and the Schoolies Hub is only for genuine Year 12 school leavers – no toolies, droolies or moolies allowed.

When?

  • Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November 2019
  • Nightly 7pm – midnight

Where?

The Schoolies Hub is located on Surfers Paradise beach – right at the end of Cavill Mall.

Download our map (PDF, 378 KB) for more detail.

How can I get in to the Schoolies Hub?

Entry is FREE. You just need your official Safer Schoolies wristband to gain entry as the Schoolies Hub is for genuine Year 12 school leavers only.

What’s happening at the Schoolies Hub?

Every night (Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November), from 7pm through to midnight, we’ll be featuring different DJ’s across two stages.

On Tuesday 19 November, we switch gears with Chill Out Night. Closer to Schoolies, we will release the full schedule so follow our socials for what we’ve got planned.

Conditions of entry to the Schoolies Hub

When it comes to the Schoolies Hub, everyone has the right to feel safe and have a good time. Do your bit by following the below conditions of entry:

  • entry restricted to genuine Year 12 school leavers only
  • you must have an official Safer Schoolies wristband to gain access
  • no bags are allowed inside the Schoolies Hub*
  • smoking is not permitted, including the use of electronic cigarettes or similar devices
  • groping without consent is assault
  • moshing, circle pits and crowd surfing are not allowed
  • aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

*Clear plastic pouches will be available at the Wristband Centre – grab one when you get your official 2019 Safer Schoolies wristband. These can be worn in the Schoolies Hub. As there are no cloak room facilities available, we strongly suggest you leave bags and valuables at your accommodation, in your car or at home.

Accessibility and the Schoolies Hub

All graduating Year 12 students are free to celebrate the end of their schooling in a safe and happy environment. We welcome schoolies requiring different accessibility needs to the Schoolies Hub. We have designated areas inside the Schoolies Hub that provide a comfortable area for schoolies to celebrate with their peers.

Parking options are available close to the Schoolies Hub entry for eligible patrons.

To make accessibility arrangements, please contact Safer Schoolies HQ at SaferSchoolies@csyw.qld.gov.au and one of the Safer Schoolies team will be in contact to discuss your needs directly.

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Support on the ground

There is always someone to help

To help keep your Schoolies experience as safe as possible, a range of FREE support is provided for schoolies holidaying on the Gold Coast during Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November 2019.

Whether you need a friend to talk to, someone to walk you home, an in-room pancake cook up or first aid, know that there will always be someone available to help you - without judgement.

Head to one of our Recharge Zones, reach out to one of our many volunteers (they're the friendly crew in the bright orange vests) or call the Red Frogs Hotline. You can always ask a friend to reach out on your behalf if you don't feel comfortable.

The Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response is activated during the peak Schoolies period – the week that follows is sometimes referred to as ‘Week 2’. If you are visiting the Gold Coast after Friday 22 November 2019, make sure you check out our section on ‘Week 2' for information on what support is available.

You can trust a Safer Schoolies Volunteer

Each year, hundreds of dedicated and caring volunteers give up their time to help keep schoolies as safe as possible.

Safer Schoolies volunteers (the crew in the bright orange vests) patrol in groups of four nightly and provide a first point of contact for schoolies in need – without judgement.

Some of the many ways Safer Schoolies volunteers can help you or friends:

  • provide a ‘walk home service’ to accompany you back to your accommodation – never walk alone
  • look after you if you’ve had too much to drink or are drug affected
  • help you to a Recharge Zone for a quiet place to rest and rehydrate
  • provide a friendly face to talk to, regardless of the situation
  • get you basic first aid or emergency medical treatment when needed
  • provide you with general items e.g. band aids and condoms
  • comfort and connect you to mental health services when needed
  • help you with general information or directions.

Recharge Zones

Staffed by trained volunteers, Recharge Zones are free, private places for you to rest, rehydrate and receive support in Surfers Paradise. Operating nightly between 7pm and midnight, the Recharge Zones receive visits from thousands of schoolies, often just for a friendly chat, some time out or a drink of water.

During the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response, there are three Recharge Zones activated:

  • Recharge Zone 1 – inside the Schoolies Hub near the North Stage
  • Recharge Zone 2 – on the Esplanade outside the Schoolies Hub (between Hanlan Street and Cavill Mall)
  • Recharge Zone 3 – inside the Schoolies Hub near the South Stage

Download our map (PDF, 378 KB) to help familiarise yourself with where the Recharge Zones are located.

Chill Out Zone

During the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response, Gold Coast Youth Service activate their Chill Out Zone nightly in Orchid Avenue to support schoolies. Similar to the Recharge Zones, the Chill Out Zone is a free, private place for you or your friends to rest, rehydrate and receive support in the Surfers Paradise nightclub strip.

  • located next to the Hilton, the Chill Out Zone operates nightly from 9:30pm – 3:30am.

Download our map (PDF, 378 KB) to help familiarise yourself with where the Chill Out Zone is located.

Emergency Treatment Centre

The Emergency Treatment Centre (ETC) provides free, emergency medical treatment for schoolies in need.

The (ETC) is manned by paramedics, doctors, nurses, SES volunteers and has an onsite ambulance for emergency transportation when required.

  • located on The Esplanade (adjacent to the Soul roundabout) operates nightly from 7pm – 2am.

At times, Schoolies can be overwhelming. If you or your friends are feeling distressed or not coping, know that you can head down to the Emergency Treatment Centre for psychological and mental health support.

Accommodation Outreach

Need some help mediating a problem with your roommates, a walk home back to your accommodation or would simply love a pancake cook up for you and your mates? Well Red Frogs Australia are your people. Their team of volunteers are available to support you in your accommodation.

Please note: this is not an emergency hotline. Schoolies requiring emergency assistance should always call Triple Zero (000).

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‘Week 2’

The Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response is activated during the peak Schoolies period from Saturday 16 – Friday 22 November 2019. The week that follows is sometimes referred to as ‘Week 2’. If you are visiting the Gold Coast after Friday 22 November 2019, all enquiries regarding entertainment, tickets and passes etc need to be referred to your booking agent or entertainment provider.

‘Week 2’ support

If you are celebrating Schoolies on the Gold Coast after Friday 22 November 2019, know that support on the ground is available.

  • Chill Out Zone - providing a safe and supervised chill out space for those who are drug or alcohol affected, offering free water, first aid and general support. Operated by Gold Coast Youth Service, the Chill Out Zone van can be found in the nightclub precinct on Orchid Avenue, from 9:30pm nightly.
  • Red Frogs – whether you need help mediating a problem with your roommates, a walk home back to your accommodation or would simply love a visit or a pancake cook up for you and your mates, well Red Frogs Australia are your people. Their team of volunteers are available to support you in your accommodation.

    Call the Red Frogs hotline on 1300 557 123 (available 24 hours a day) or download the Red Frogs Schoolies app.
    Please note: this is not an emergency hotline. Schoolies requiring emergency assistance should always call Triple Zero (000).

  • Emergency services – Queensland Police Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service will also have a highly visible presence on the ground providing the community and schoolies with additional support.

Additional support – make sure you check out our Additional support page for further support services available.

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Road closures

Due to the temporary population increase in central Surfers Paradise during the Schoolies holiday period, road closures are needed to ensure the safety of all pedestrians. Other road closures may be implemented by Queensland Police Service as required.

All road closure information will be published below closer to the Safer Schoolies Gold Coast Response.

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