The Gold Coast is bracing for its second wave of Schoolies with an influx of interstate students arriving this Saturday for their turn to party.
The event’s original and number one operator, schoolies.com, has praised week-one Schoolies for their good behavior and are promising interstate school leavers a fun-filled week ahead with the only beach festival in Surfers Paradise – Schoolies Nation – a highlight of the program.
“The Queensland students are now getting ready to hand over the baton to their NSW and Victorian counterparts, having set a really good standard of behavior,’’ said CEO of schoolies.com, Matt Lloyd.
“We have received positive feedback from local authorities, volunteers and Gold Coast businesses, with the majority of teenagers staying out of trouble and partying responsibly.
“We’ve heard nothing but good things about the behavior of this year’s graduates, particularly from local retailers witnessing all of the action first hand,” he said.
“A lot of school leavers are actually quite reluctant to leave and we’re really happy that this year’s celebrations have run as smoothly and as safely as possible.
Mr Lloyd said this year had seen a significant increase in interstate bookings on the back of tailored entertainment events organised by schoolies.com in week two.
This year’s second-annual Schoolies Nation Beach Festival is powered by official music partner Ministry of Sound, Australia’s largest independent dance music label.
A stellar line-up has been assembled for the all-ages festival including Timmy Trumpet, SCNDL, Bombs Away, Savage, Brooke Evers, Odd Mobb, Komes and Jesabel
The beach festival is part of Schoolies Tour – a seven-night extravaganza featuring 50 plus DJs across four stages, including the beach stage and associated clubs. It has turned around what was a traditionally a quieter period of Schoolies Week, offering non-stop action and the opportunity to party in a safe, fun and memorable way.
“This year we’ve seen a significant increase in interstate bookings which means even greater economic benefits for the region, in particular local businesses.”
Schoolies.com says an estimated 30,000 school leavers will attend Schoolies this year spending, on average, $1600 each comprising approximately $600 for accommodation and $1000 for entertainment, food and other items.
Schoolies.com itself contributes over $1.6 million annually on additional security patrols, 24 hour helpline for students, parents and property managers, exclusive Schoolies only events and more.
“An enormous amount of planning and effort goes into ensuring all relevant emergency and security staff are on site, making sure the event is an enjoyable experience not only for Schoolies but for local businesses and residents as well,’’ Mr Lloyd said.