Schoolies Byron Bay
Famous around the globe for its sensational music scene, captivating coastline, and bustling festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, it should come as no surprise that Byron Bay is a Schoolies hotspot for graduates from both New South Wales and Victorians alike. Head to Byron for your Schoolies week away and you can expect to spend your days recharging your batteries amidst the pristine environment, making the most of the breath-taking hinterland and world-renowned waves; and your nights letting loose at the bustling Schoolies beach parties to tunes from emerging music artists and spectacular street performers. Being one of the most revered stops for backpackers traversing the epic east coast trail, Byron is well adept at putting on a party and perpetuating an upbeat energy that insists you simply ‘live, laugh and let the good times roll’, a mantra that is owned by the quirky locals and an ethos that is well in step with what Schoolies is all about.
Testament to the Schoolies scene here, even though much of the town’s substantial tourism infrastructure is Schoolies friendly, year after year, Schoolies Byron Bay continues to be a sell-out. If you want to be a part of something spectacular, speak to Tribe Travel today about grabbing your Schoolies Party Tickets and booking your Byron Bay Schoolies accommodation.
Sitting just 90 minutes north of the big smoke of Sydney, Terrigal is a quaint coastal paradise that offers Schoolies the perfect environment to recharge their batteries with epic offerings of salt, sand and sun. Perfect for graduates looking to escape the nation’s largest city to somewhere more serene, your Schoolies week away here would be best spent hiking, fishing and sunbathing, swimming, surfing and snorkelling with the up-and-about crowd that is known for maximising both the days and nights of their wondrous week away. If a pristine natural playground alive with a crowd abound with an ecstatic energy of party and appreciation for the great outdoors is what you seek for your end-of-school experience, then Terrigal Schoolies is the place for you.
Schoolies Batemans Bay
A favourite for both Canberra and Sydneysiders alike, Batemans Bay is another seaside sensation that thrives alive with an infallible vibe, guaranteed to leave you feeling fulfilled with your end-of-school celebrations. Being relatively small in size, this quaint bay swells with Schoolies to create an intimate atmosphere that is both excitingly energetic and supremely serene, a paradox that sets the scene sensationally for you to thrive with the tribe you arrived with, whilst making new friends with the familiar faces you’ll see along the way. If you’re looking for a tranquil seaside escape that bustles to a beat guaranteed to melt away your senior year stressors like a summer snow in the Sahara, then Batemans Bay Schoolies is the place for you.
Luxuriously located where the mouth of the calm Crooked River meets the stunning shores of Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa is a wonderland for anyone who loves the water. Book in here and you can swim, surf and sail, kayak, kite or paddle board your long, warm days away as you recharge your batteries in preparation to make the most of the chilled community vibes by night. With its close proximity, Gerroa Schoolies is a fan favourite for tribes from Wollongong, with some Schoolies from Canberra and Sydney also swooping in to make the most of the sensational serenity and stunning surroundings.
Schoolies Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie is another hotspot on the New South Wales coastline, perfect for Schoolies who seek something more intense than what’s on offer at its smaller coastal counterparts of Gerroa and Bateman’s Bay, but less hectic than that at Byron Bay Schoolies or the Gold Coast Schoolies. With the broader Port Macquarie region being a plethoric playground of natural wonders, the town is better equipped to accommodate crowds (read parties) of greater sizes. Spend your week away here relaxing into the majesty abound in the surrounds here, making the most of all the usual activities you’d expect to find amongst the highlights of the hinterland, on the banks of the Hastings River and along the stunning shores of the beautiful beaches that grace this stunning part of the planet. Should this not satiate your appetite for adventure, you can also opt to up your adrenaline with a jaunt at skydiving or paintball, wakeboarding or water skiing. With the stupendous lineup of entertainment options attracting a sizeable and enthusiastic crowd, Port Macquarie is certainly a Schoolies option worthy of your consideration.
Schoolies Coffs Harbour
Another heavy hitter on New South Wales’ Schoolies lineup list is Coffs Harbour. Sitting centrally between Sydney and Byron Bay, Coff’s tends to draw an energetic crowd eager to enjoy the seaside surroundings, without blowing their budget on some of the more popular aforementioned places. Being one of the larger locations on our list here, the lands around are alive with infrastructure and activities assured to keep your week away as action-packed as you please. For a more comprehensive insight into the best of the action, talk to the team at Tribe Travel today.
Schoolies Gold Coast
If you’re a firm believer that bigger is better, then Schoolies Gold Coast is certainly the hot spot for you! Popular since the 70s, the Goldy is home to the largest Schoolies celebration on the planet, famous for drawing crowds near 20,000 strong over its 3 weeks of epic celebrations.
Opt for a gargantuan Schoolies getaway to the Gold Coast and you can expect all elements of your experience to be busier, bolder and more ruckus and rowdy. Not only will you have all the splendour of one of the nation’s premier tourist destinations to make the most of during your stay; stupendous shopping, fantastic theme parks and miles of miraculous coastline aching to be enjoyed, but you will also have a line-up of official, free, Government-run Schoolies events and initiatives to further enhance your experience. In addition to a slew of all-ages nightclub events, pool parties and themed fiestas that ignite around the city during the Schoolies festival, the Gold Coast dials up the disco even further with a nightly beach party at ‘The Schoolies Hub’, a fenced, alcohol-free area right on the shores of the stunning Surfers Paradise beach. With access being reserved exclusively to Schoolies who have registered for an official ‘Safer Schoolies Wristband’, each night, party-goers can expect to enjoy exclusive access to two stages that will be emblazoned with performances from headlining DJs and music artists from Australia and across the globe.
Along with all the fine-tuning that has happened to make Schoolies Gold Coast the meteoric party that it is today, developments have also ensued to make it as safe and practical for its energetic attendees as possible. Each year, ‘The Safer Schoolies Response’ is activated during the peak of the festival, with its teams of dedicated professionals and volunteers such as the Red Frogs working tirelessly to ensure everyone’s week runs smoothly. In addition to the professional and emotional support services they offer to attendees who may feel overwhelmed by the expectations of entering the next stage of life or the intensity of the festival itself, they also offer practical assistance such as walking you home at the end of the night should you lose your friends, or cooking you a pancake breakfast to help keep your strength up throughout what tends to be a very large week away. All these services, like the Schoolies Hub beach parties, are completely free for all graduates with a Safer Schoolies Wristband. Speak to Tribe Travel today about booking your Schoolies Gold Coast accommodation, Schoolies Lanyards and Building ID's.
Schoolies Sunshine Coast
Staying true to the standard stereotypes that set the stunning Sunshine Coast apart from the Goldy, Schoolies here hums at a more serene pace but with no compromise on natural beauty or great outdoor activities to keep you occupied throughout your stay. With its countless miles of brilliant beaches offering endless options for entertainment by the sea, cute canals perfect for exploring by paddleboard or sunset cruise, magical markets and a heavenly hinterland abound with waterfalls, hiking trails and lookouts from the magnificent glasshouse mountains, your Schoolies stay here is promised to leave you feeling fulfilled.
With several hotspots along the sixty-odd kilometres that culminate Sunshine Coast Schoolies, there are plenty of getaway options for you to tailor your experience as you please. At the bottom end of The Coast, you will find the township of Caloundra bustling alive with good Schoolies spirit. More central you have the CBD hub of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba, with larger shopping centres, the famous underwater world of the Sea Life Park and its entertainment precincts of The Wharf and Ocean Street. And finally, at the northern end of the coast, you have the awe-inspiring, white sand stretches of Sunshine Beach and, of course, all the splendour of the Sunny Coast’s heaviest hitter Noosa.
Somewhat synonymous with the Sunshine Coast itself, especially to tourists unfamiliar with the lay of the local land, Noosa is a majestic mecca of natural wonders and A-grade tourism opportunities. As bustling as it is beautiful and as delicious as it is divine, you could not spend a week here and have a bad time if you tried.
On the natural wonders front, there are beautiful beaches with wondrous waves, perfect for sunbathers and water babies of all skills and disciplines. There is Noosa National Park offering enthralling hikes, alive with cute koala encounters and sublime views out to an impossibly blue ocean that is swimming with playful schools of dolphins, turtles and migrating whales. The nearby Noosa Everglades are rife with an illustrious lineup of wetland wildlife worthy of a day out for any avid tourist. And, there is easy enough access for a day trip to the fantastic Fraser Island - the world’s largest sand island, world heritage listed and abound with wonders.
On the creature comforts and culinary front, you have an equally impressive lineup of showstopper options for you to indulge in during your stay. Noosa’s culinary scene is second to none. Take a stroll down the glitter strip of Hasting’s Street or the delectable Noosa Junction and you will find cuisine from all over the world being delivered in infallible fashion - some with mesmerising views over Noosa Main Beach and all offering perfect positions for some prolific people watching. Alternatively, you can swing by the nearby Eumundi markets where you can shop til you drop amongst the 600 odd stalls, grazing along the way til you need to be rolled home. Equal to the incredible lineup of dining options are the avenues for live entertainment. Daily amidst the hustle and bustle, you will find local and travelling artists setting the scene with their decks, necks and guitars across the many watering holes that grace the Noosa space. And finally, should you really need some extra assistance winding down, Noosa has a sensational lineup of spas, resorts and retreats where you and your posse can sit back, relax and be pampered into adulthood in style.
There is a reason Noosa is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations, and these reasons stand also stand out for Schoolies Noosa. Speak to Tribe Travel today about your Noosa Schoolies accommodation and party tickets!
Schoolies Airlie Beach
Looking after the graduate compatriots situated more centrally in the sunny state of Queensland, and perhaps perfect for those not quite sold on the intensity and enormity of Schoolies Gold Coast, but who still want to indulge in a solid surrounding of Schoolies fun in the sun, then Schoolies Airlie Beach is the perfect spot for you!
With the essence of Airlie revolving around its supreme access to the stunning Whitsundays, it is exceptionally well equipped at catering to a crowd who is just out to have a good time. With a line-up of Schoolies accommodation venues along its magic mile well poised to put on a party that is promised to impress, and access to an unfathomable array of wet and wild adventures, your Schoolies week away here is guaranteed to be anything but dull. When you aren’t busy getting acquainted with the aquatics with a sailing, snorkelling or scuba diving adventure, or feeling alive with the wind in your hair on a foray jet skiing, parasailing or skydiving, you are sure to find the perfect party onshore, alive with enthusiastic partygoers looking to do the exact thing you are, to have the best week of their lives!
Schoolies Magnetic Island
Sail a little further north up Queensland’s stunning coastline and you will find the next locale on our list, the majestic Magnetic Island.
Lounging luxuriously just a short ferry ride off the coast of Townville, Magnetic Island is a gorgeous getaway thriving with flora and fauna, shining with golden sunshine and jiving with a jovial Schoolies buzz. A favourite for folk from Townsville and its surrounds, this serene island retreat’s awesome hikes, palm tree lined beaches and captivating coral coves are gifts that keep giving for graduates that love adventure and the ocean. Definitely not dull, but historically less hectic than its counterpart Airlie Beach, Schoolies Magnetic Island is the perfect escape for anyone eager to unwind amidst the niceties of nature whilst still reserving their right to get rowdy with a staunch crowd of school leavers out for the time of their lives. Speak to Tribe Travel today about booking your Magnetic Island Schoolies adventure!
Cairns & Lake Tinaroo Schoolies
And finally, for the lads and ladies in the far north of the Sunshine State, we have the captivating locale of Cairns. Famous for its easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is another heavy hitter on the Australian tourism front that is well accustomed to accommodating crowds from across the globe. In synergy with these hordes of tourists, the town has an epic infrastructure of activities and adventures to ensure everyone has the most memorable of times during their adventure up north. All of this considered, whilst Cairns is not an official Schoolies destination, you and your tribe are sure to remain entertained should you decide to visit the tropics for your foray away for saying sayonara to school.
In addition to the lively scene that is abundant in the city centre, Cairns’ surroundings are abound with adventure and meteoric natural beauty that are not to be missed should you head north for Schoolies. One such spot which is a Schoolies favourite is Lake Tinaroo. Traditionally attracting crowds of graduates some hundreds strong, this beautiful dam with its immense tranquillity, communal BBQ areas and options for water sports is a solid option for Schoolies keen to get away with their tribe without breaking the budget.
Schoolies Festival Victor Harbor
Without a doubt, South Australia’s premier Schoolies destination is none other than Schoolies Festival Victor Harbor. Brilliantly beautiful with mesmerising views across Encounter Bay, come Schoolies time this happening seaside town swells in size and vigour as graduates from across the state swarm to enjoy the arresting coastline, scrumptious culinary scene and energetic Encounter Youth festival which pumps across 3 big days at the Warland Reserve. With tickets to the festival being limited and only so much accommodation and camping available, things do sell out pretty quick.
The most popular Schoolies destination on the Mornington Peninsula, Schoolies Rye offers immense beauty both in town and in its surroundings. With its proximity to the big smoke of Melbourne, it attracts an energetic crowd that tends to do a damn good job in starting the party whilst making the most of the beautiful beaches, verdant bushland and easy access aquatic activities available in the calm waters of Phillip Bay. In addition to all the natural attractions that make this place so popular (think epic hikes, sunset horse rides and swimming with dolphins), Rye has official Schoolies accommodation and parties right on the beach which creates an epic epicentre for all the action. Perfect for letting loose with your tribe whilst getting to know some friendly new faces, Schoolies Rye is certainly a getaway that should be on your radar.
If you fancy being amphibious for your Schoolies week away, then Sorrento Schoolies is the place for you! Settled near the point of the Mornington Peninsula, between the calm northern waters of Phillip Bay and the pumping south coast surf from Bass Strait, Sorrento is a water baby wonderland that offers limitless aquatic adventures as well as access to all the onshore splendour mentioned above. Generally, a quieter Schoolies experience than that at Rye, Sorrento is still a getaway that is sure to leave you feeling fulfilled with your school leaving decision.
Schoolies Phillip Island
The south coast’s island paradise option for Schoolies, Phillip Island is exquisitely beautiful, calm and alive with some of the most bewildering wildlife encounters in the country. Famous for its daily little penguin parade (‘little’ referring to the size of the penguins, not the size of the parade. There are hundreds of them!), Australia’s largest colony of fur seals and the copious amount of koalas it has lazing and grazing their way around the island, Schoolies here offers opportunities for wildlife encounters like nowhere else. This, of course, is in addition to the lineup of other tourism highlights that exist to enthral the crowds of tourists who visit the island each year to enjoy all the excitement of the Phillip Island Circuit Grand Prix events. With awesome infrastructure for showing tourists a good time, and an energetic crowd looking to have exactly that, Phillip Island has a well-deserved place on this list. Have a chat to Tribe Travel today about booking your Phillip Island Schoolies accommodation.
Cowabunga, Dude, and welcome to Schoolies Torquay! Recognised as the surf capital of Australia, it should come as no surprise that Schoolies here is all about the ocean and the great outdoors. With a relaxed surfer vibe that is alive as much in the streets as it is in the surf, this beautiful town is the embodiment of what Schoolies is all about - unwinding by indulging in everything good for your soul! A crowd favourite for the masses from Melbourne and the nearby Geelong, come Schoolies time this sunny little town triples in size with graduates looking for a good time - and let this fact give you some insight into what you should expect of your experience here.
In addition to enjoying the poppin’ party scene, Schoolies here is well spent making the most of the laidback way of life, awesome coastal hikes and, of course, the stupendous waves. During your stay, be sure to check out the Australian Surf History Museum to founder a newfound appreciation for Australian surf culture and be certain to make the most of being at the official gateway to the Great Ocean Road - one of the most spectacular drives in the world.
A little further along the stunning south coast, we have the magnetic little town of Anglesea. A well-frequented stop for traversers of The Great Ocean Road for good reason, this pretty little town is small in size, but large on life and enthusiasm. Offering many of the same heavy-hitting coastal attractions as its big brother, Torquay, including sensational surf, awesome hikes and a majestic hinterland to explore, Schoolies Anglesea is perfect for anyone eager to make the pristine environment without having to navigate quite as chaotic a crowd. Whilst you are here, be sure to make the most of the Sunday morning Riverbank Market and don’t miss your opportunity to shoot a round of golf amidst the large mobs of grey kangaroos that frequent the local golf course!
Another treasure on The Great Ocean Road which swells for Schoolies is the lavish, little Lorne. Smaller yet again than its counterparts up the coast, but equally as robust on options for outdoor adventure, Lorne is another perfect option for Schoolies eager to enjoy an impressive party schedule as they unwind amidst a pristine paradise of waves, wildlife and waterfalls. With its dedicated Lorne Schoolies accommodation and parties throughout Week 2 of the festival, Lorne Schoolies is a crowd favourite for Victorian high-school graduates.