• 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.

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.

Stick together

  • always go out with at least one other friend
  • pre-arrange a meeting place – in case you get separated from your friends
  • If a friend wants to head back to your accommodation, don’t let them walk alone. Either accompany them back or ask a volunteer team to walk them home safely.
  • If you decide to go back to someone else’s apartment, always make sure that you have one of your friends go with you.

Other simple safety tips

  • Before you head to Schoolies, make sure your friends know how to contact your family or carers in the event of an emergency
  • Keep credit on your phone and make sure it’s always fully charged before you head out
  • $20 stashed away somewhere safe (e.g. in your shoe) in case you need to take a taxi or catch public transport.
  • It goes without saying, but make sure you always carry photo ID.
  • Save your hotel address in the notes section of your phone or save it as a destination in your maps app. It can be easy to lose your way in the dark if you know the address you can use your smartphone to help you navigate your way home.
  • Make sure you download the Emergency+ App. It will help to help identify your location and seek assistance in case of an emergency.
  • Don't forget to set up your Medical IDon your smartphone. Having your Medical ID available from the lock screen of your phone allows quick access to vital medical information as well as details of who to contact in case of an emergency

Help is always available on the Gold Coast

  • Safer Schoolies Volunteers – whether you need a walk home, are feeling unwell, have a friend who has drunk too much or just need a friendly face to talk to, a team of volunteers (wearing the bright orange vests) will always be available to help. You can find them walking the streets of Surfers Paradise from 6pm nightly.
  • Recharge Zones – head to a Recharge Zone for free water, a quiet place to regroup, or support of any kind including medical attention without judgement. Two Recharge Zone tents can be found within the Schoolies Hub (right near each stage) and one outside the Schoolies Hub entry on the Esplanade.
  • Emergency Treatment Centre – head here for free treatment for medical emergencies or any mental health concerns. Located on the Esplanade and open from 7pm nightly.
  • 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. The Chill Out Zone van can be found in the nightclub precinct on Orchid Avenue, from 9pm nightly.
  • Red Frogs – whether you need help mediating a problem with your roommates, a walk home back to your accommodation or would simply love an in-room pancake cook up for you and your mates, Red Frogs Australia are your people. 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).