Tips To Avoid Schoolies In Gold Coast
Do you have any tips to avoid Schoolies in Gold Coast?
We are a young couple, in our late 20s. We have by mistake booked our holiday in late November, which is the during the schoolies season on the Gold Coast. It's now not possible to cancel our trip.
We are staying in Broadbeach. We have planned on a whole day cruise on 25th and thus one day we'll be safe I guess.
What else can we do to avoid bumping into these kids? How crowded will the theme parks be? Is it better to avoid them?
We wanted to do stuff like parasailing, kayaking etc. Are these safe things to do?
I have to tell you, your website is a great source of much wanted information, great going.
Rachel from Melbourne
Firstly, Rachel don't worry too much, especially as you are staying in Broadbeach. I couldn't find out exactly, but I would be very surprised if there are any schoolies staying at the resort you are staying at in Broadbeach. In general they stick to Surfers Paradise.
I have had a few questions like your in the week or so, you are not alone and there are others on the Gold Coast enjoying their holidays. Unless I go into Surfers Paradise I generally don't even know the schoolies are here!
To answer your questions about the theme parks, they will be more busy with schoolies (and since it is not really a family holiday time of the year) you will notice more of their age group (17 and 18 year olds) proportionately than normal.
They are in party mode, I don't think the theme parks would tolerate bad behaviour by them any more than normal. In my opinion, those who can drag themselves out of bed to get to a theme park are more than likely going to be just there to have fun and not cause trouble.
Trouble and rowdy behaviour is often only a few out of the thousands that visit and is mostly at night in and around the Surfers Paradise Schoolies Precinct. I would definitely avoid that area like the plague!
Broadbeach has great places to go to eat at night or you could try Jupiters Casino for food and entertainment which has a great show on at the moment: Latest live Show at Jupiters Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
. Shows are usually suitable for the whole family.
Dinner & Show Deals, Lunch & Matinees or "Show Only" packages available. Check out all the live entertainment
for Gold Coast.
To answer your question about the other activities you mentioned, like the theme parks you may find some schoolies doing those activities. You are less likely to find them kayaking and more likely to find them parasailing. The further you go away from Surfers Paradise the less likely you are to encounter any. Check out the links below for some suggestions:A Selection of Water Sports and Activities on the Gold Coast
Another great option is to head to Coolangatta and my friends at Cooly Dive
have both scuba experience dives and snorkelling with turtles around Cook Island.
Here are some other pages on this website you may find useful, they have some other suggestions of things to do and places to go to avoid schoolies:How to survive your family holiday during schoolies week on the Gold Coast!Will Schoolies Week Affect Our Holiday and Tips to Make It Enjoyable!
I hope that helped answer your question. If you have any more questions leave a comment below.
Enjoy your holiday and please stop by afterwards to let us all know how your found the Gold Coast during schoolies week.
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