Best schoolies destinations for 2014
With term one out of the way, it’s time to get serious about booking in that sweet, celebratory week (or two) we like to call Schoolies Week. Not sure where to start? There are plenty of choices – it’s just a matter of deciding where. We roll call some of the best schoolies destinations for 2014.
The Classic Local: Gold Coast
Year after year, the Gold Coast lives up to its party town reputation and proves to be the number one Aussie destination for schoolies. After months of studying, relaxing on the beach is likely your number one priority, and the Goldie has plenty of sun, surf, and sand on offer. But if you do happen to get itchy feet, the theme parks, jet boating, skirmish, and go-karting are sure to burn off some steam.
As the sun goes down, the Gold Coast transforms into a party paradise. And some of the best DJs and bands supply sounds on the beach and behind the doors of the hottest clubs. If you haven’t turned 18 yet, you won’t miss out, thanks to the multitude of all-ages parties including the Playground All Ages Schoolies Party.
Fact: Schoolies began on the Gold Coast way back in 1979. With 35 years of experience, it’s no wonder they know how to throw a party.
The Private Party: South Pacific Islands
While we can’t guarantee you the privacy of an A-lister, these ‘Schoolies Only’ South Pacific islands come pretty close… Think of a postcard-perfect island, a resident DJ, and a whole bunch of like-minded school leavers celebrating together. Then soak up the beauty of places like Mana Island, Plantation Island, and Sonaisali Island. Parents can also rest assured you’re in safe hands, with the Unleashed crew and tons of security for support.
If you’re underage, or just don’t like to drink, Hideaway Island in Vanuatu is an alcohol-free party zone. It’s the ideal destination for school leavers who know booze is unnecessary when it comes to having a seriously good time.
Fact: You don’t even need a visa to travel to Fiji. As long as you have a valid passport, and you’re staying for less than 4 months, you’re good to go.
The Rewarding Experience: Thailand and Cambodia
Everyone celebrates in their own way, and we understand that for some schoolies, partying the nights and sunning the days away just isn’t going to cut it. That’s why we have volunteering adventures in Thailand and Cambodia on offer.
What many don’t know about these holidays is that you do get a chance to unwind. Yep, there’s a lot of very rewarding work involved, but at the end of each day your group will head out to local restaurants and bars to relax and enjoy your surrounds.
Fact: The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that displays the image of a building. This building is none other than Angkor Wat – the temple where Tomb Raider was filmed and where you’ll visit, should you decide to volunteer here.
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