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The Ultimate Guide For An Unforgettable Schoolies Week

The Ultimate Guide For An Unforgettable Schoolies Week

Exams have wrapped up, you’ve done all in your power to secure an ATAR good enough for a spot in your dream course (or at least Arts at UNE) and, whether you like it or not, your transition into adulthood has officially begun.

Well, almost. First there’s some important business to attend to — some extremely well-deserved end of school celebrations.


Here in Australia, the greatest way to say sayonara to the past 13 years of schooling is by rounding up your mates and hitting up Schoolies week on the Gold Coast, with week one kicking off on Saturday, November 16.

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Stock up on festival shirts, Little Fat Lamb and fake tan, because here’s your guide to an unforgettable Schoolies week on the Gold Coast.

Where to stay 


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When it comes to your Schoolies stay, location is everything. Sure, choosing accommodation a little out of the city will likely save you a buck, but you’ll thank yourself for booking something in the thick of the action.

Our top pick is the Hilton Surfers Paradise, dubbed the ultimate Schoolies hotel.

Not only is the Hilton luxe-as-hell, with its five-star rating, but it’s also got a prime location — right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, with the Gold Coast’s hottest nightclubs just a stone’s throw away.


Each room offers a spacious layout, private balcony and gorgeous views from all angles, including ocean views, should you and your mates be feeling a little boujee and keen on splashing a little extra cash.

Plus, the Hilton is also the home of the pool party to end all pool parties. Think giant inflatable flamingos, the hottest DJs spinning dope tunes, giveaways and plenty of good times.

Available to those who book through, the pool party at the Hilton takes over the entire pool deck, and is one of the most hyped parties of the year — it’s not one to be missed.


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Where to party

Gold Coast 18+ Grand Tour

If you’re new to the GC and are looking it get your bearings, a nightclub tour is just the ticket.

Bookable through, this tour allows you to kick your week off in style, with VIP access to four different clubs, complimentary food, venue vouchers and giveaways throughout the night.

Guest DJs will be behind the decks at each nightclub, with some very special guests partying with guests throughout the tour, to make the event one hell of a kick off to your Schoolies experience.

Cocktails Nightclub

Found in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Cocktails Nightclub is slinging Schoolies events left, right and centre over the three weeks.

They’ve got an epic launch party, a traffic light party — you know, wear green if you’re single, red if you’re taken and yellow if it’s complicated — perfect if you’re keen on a potential dancefloor romance, a pirate party, a pink party, a blacklight party and seriously, heaps more killer events to get around.


Melbourne’s biggest club brand is invading Schoolies on the Gold Coast once again to bring its iconic lineup of DJs and trademark atmosphere to Bedroom Lounge Bar Nightclub in Surfers Paradise.

The killer lineup is yet to be dropped, but if last year’s inclusions like Nathan Thompson, Madeleine Andrej, Nik Sitz and Taine Jones are anything to go by, it’s sure to be straight fire. Tickets start at $28 each.

The secret to an unforgettable Schoolies week

Okay, you guys. Want to know the secret to having the greatest Schoolies week of all time? The kind of week you’ll never forget? Spoiler alert! It’s by being safe, dummies.

Here’s some advice you already know, but is totally, completely worth repeating.

Be sure to stay in a group and look out for your friends; think about safety in your room, avoid balconies if you’ve been drinking and lock your doors at night; never swim after dark; never leave your drink unattended; remember to stay hydrated; take some time to step away and chill when you need it; and, if at any point you feel unsafe, call for help.

Enjoy it, y’all and be safe.

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