17th November, 2014

14 Ways to Spend Your Schoolies Days on the Gold Coast

Congratulations, you made it through school! Now it’s time to reward yourself with a jam-packed week of fun on the Gold Coast. You’ve picked the best place to party. High school graduates have been celebrating on the Gold Coast since 1979, and it’s where “Schoolies Week” first became a thing.

So, how will you fill those post-exam days? Sure, lying on the beach all day may be tempting, but with so much to do on the Gold Coast, you probably won’t want to!

Theme parks

You’ve been there with your family, now it’s time to hang out there with your friends. Look for a pass options so you can fit them all in: Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet N Wild, Seaworld and White Water World.


Hire a scooter or bike

Hire a scooter or bike and go see the sights around the Gold Coast.


Let the Slingshot propel you over 100 metres at 160 km/p/h? Of course – this is Schoolies Week.


Once you’ve got the hang of the scooter, why not try a bit of jetskiing? There’s nothing like flying through the wide open ocean to make you feel the full force of your newfound freedom.



Harbour Town, Pacific Fair, Robina and Marina Mirage are all great Gold Coast shopping destinations. Put the beachfront market at Surfers Paradise on your list too.


Think you’ve seen all the theme parks? There’s nothing else like Infinity. Explore the maze, you’ll love it.

Learn to surf or dive

We know you’ve already crammed a lot of information into your head this year, but why not learn a new skill you can enjoy for life? There are plenty of surf and dive schools you can join on the beaches, and even if you don’t master it right away, you’ll meet new people and have a fun day out.


Sky Diving

You’ve always wanted to try it, and schoolies is the ultimate time to conquer your fears.



Get the best views of the Gold Coast – from the air.

Mini putt-putt

Need some downtime? Try a chilled afternoon of putt putt with friends if you hit a low energy day.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The animals are cute and the high ropes course included in the entry fee is a great bonding experience to do with your mates and a much nicer challenge than a bunch of exams. Wear enclosed shoes.


Q1 in Surfers Paradise is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. From the observation deck you can see a 360 degree view of the coastline and inland. Head up there at the end of the afternoon and watch the lights come on at night. Q1 is a five minute walk from Cavill Street, the main street in Surfers.



Test your skills, play with friends and calculate the number of schooldays in the past 12 years when you would have rathered be playing games than stuck in a classroom. Legally you’re a grown-up, but enjoy being a kid for the day.


There will be parties all around the Gold Coast over the three week period. Have fun and look after your mates, so that you can all bring good memories back home.

Have a great week – you deserve it.