• When drinking

    You don't need to drink to have a great time at Schoolies. Alcohol may be considered to be the most socially acceptable drug, however, it is responsible for more drug-related deaths and trauma within youth than any other drug.

  • Around drugs

    The safest way to stay safe around drugs at Schoolies is to say no and not use them. Drugs are not worth the risk!

  • At the Schoolies hub

    If you are celebrating Schoolies on the Gold Coast, it is likely you will be spending your nights partying at the Schoolies Hub on Surfers Paradise beach.

  • Out and about

    Worried about staying safe at Schoolies? We've come up with a list of easy and practical tips to help you stay safe so you can have an enjoyable Schoolies for all the right reasons.

  • With sex

    If you choose to engage in sexual activity at Schoolies, it's important for you to decide if you want to have sex, that you both consent to the sexual activity and that you have safe sex every time.

  • With social media and privacy

    If it didn't happen on social media, it didn't happen right? When you upload photos or video to social media, you run the risk of not knowing where it may end up.

  • In your accommodation

    You may think your accommodation may be one of the safest places to be at Schoolies, but it can often be the place where a lot of risk taking behaviour occurs.

  • On the go

    Whether you're travelling by bike or vehicle during Schoolies, make sure you check out our tips below, especially the laws and responsibilities that come with hiring a scooter on the Gold Coast.

  • Around water

    We don't want to bang on about it but a lot of things can go wrong when you're enjoying the sun and surf, especially if you've been drinking or using drugs.

Whether you’re travelling by bike or vehicle during Schoolies, make sure you check out our tips below, especially the laws and responsibilities that come with hiring a scooter on the Gold Coast.

Hiring a vehicle during Schoolies

When hiring a motorised scooter, moped or car during Schoolies, you will be entering in to a legal contract. It's important to know your rights to avoid any extra charges.

Before you hire, make sure your drivers licence is current. It also pays to find out where you are allowed to drive the vehicle.

Motorcycle, mopeds, motorised scooters and bicycles

  • Be aware of pedestrians – often they may not hear or see you approach them.
  • Take it easy if you're on two wheels - motorcycle/moped riders have a very high crash rate in their first years of riding, regardless of their age
  • Stay sober and stick to the speed limit
  • Respect the local community - keep horn blowing to a minimum.
  • Only ride your vehicle in the designated areas e.g. stay off the footpaths
  • Bicycles must have and use pedals as the primary source of power, whether the bicycle is standard or power assisted. The rider must pedal to propel the bicycle forward and an electric motor must only assist the rider with pedalling.
  • Bicycles with motors that operate at speeds above 25km/h are more like mopeds and motorcycles. They are only legal when they comply with Australian Design Rules and are registered for road use. Riders must wear a motorcycle helmet and must have relevant drivers licence. They also cannot be ridden on footpaths.
  • Visit Motorcycle safety for tips on how to be aware, take care and survive on your motorcycle.
If you are planning on hiring a moped and it’s fitted with pedals, it's likely it will be an illegal motorised bike or an illegal moped and cannot be used on roads or paths.

Driving

  • Don't drink and drive or get in the car with a drunk driver - you could lose your licence or your life.
  • Leave the car at home or at the party and catch a taxi, bus, tram or get a lift with a friend who has not been drinking alcohol.
  • Driving when affected by drugs is illegal and extremely dangerous as they make you drowsy, reduce your alertness, concentration and coordination.
  • If you’re on your learners or provisional licence, you must have a zero blood and breath-alcohol concentration when driving. You've only just got your licence – don't lose it at Schoolies.
  • After a big night (or week) of partying, don’t drive until you are well-rested and alert - particularly on the journey to and from Schoolies where you may be driving long distances. Take a break at least every two hours and share the driving with your mates.

Public Transport

Not only is it safe, but sometimes it’s easier to take public transport to get around during Schoolies. Grab yourself a go card and plan your journey ahead of time using the TransLink Journey Planner.