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8 Alternatives to the Gold Coast for Schoolies 2017

Published November 10th, 2016

This is it class of 2017, it’s now your turn to rule the school but more importantly get those plans happening for what will be one of the best weeks of your life so far, SCHOOLIES!

But where will you be celebrating come November 2017? The obvious answer is the Gold Coast but why stop there when you have even more epic Schoolies celebrations happening in places like Byron Bay and Vanuatu?

Take a look at some of the alternative Schoolies options from Sure Thing, the Schoolies pros who have the best parties sorted out here at home and in tropical locations overseas too!

1. Vanuatu

Voted as the number one overseas Schoolies event with exclusive Schoolies venues at the eight bars and clubs in Port Vila. There are also Schoolies pool parties and events each night, not to mention the tropical beaches for you to lay out on during the day. Schoolies representatives are also onsite 24 hours.

2. Byron Bay

The Schoolies designated Byron Bay Backpackers Inn is right on the beach and has been voted the top rated Schoolies accommodation in Byron. Relax by the pool or get stuck into the surf by day before partying it up with your fellow graduates by night!


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3. Fiji

Situated on the most amazing stretch of beach in Fiji, the main Schoolies accommodation Mango Bay Resort gives you the kind of Schoolies experience you’ve been dreaming about. During the day there’s heaps of local culture to explore, not to mention the local shopping scene as well as heaps of different island tours.

4. Terrigal

It’s the Official Schoolies Party of the Central Coast and it’s only about an hour from Sydney. Surf or sunbake by day and party by night. Bonus points for being one of the more affordable Schoolies options too!

5. Magnetic Island

When you book exclusive Schoolies hotels you get one hundred percent exclusive Schoolies fun with The Official Schoolies Party on Magnetic Island. At the Sails of Horseshoe Resort you’re right in the middle of it all with great shopping and food to discover during the day and fun, centrally located parties at night.

6. Phillip Island

What’s the best way to kick off your Schoolies? With an awesome mini roadtrip! Just two hours from Melbourne, you can drive right onto Phillip island, no air travel needed! Bonus points are the exclusive Schoolies Hotel with rooftop balcony as well as shopping, swimming, surfing and killer sunsets!

7. Thailand

There’s only one official Schoolies sanctioned event in Thailand and this is it! Located in Koh Samui in a beachfront resort, this Schoolies is more than just an end of school celebration, it’s a way to kick start a lifetime of travelling! Getting to go overseas with all of your best mates before uni and other commitments creep in is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Food and drink is usually cheaper than in Australia and there's loads of activities on offer; including the Full Moon Party and jet skis to shred on!

8. Bali

Smack bang in the middle of all the action is Kuta and you can be sure that Bali’s Schoolies books out fast so get in quick. Sure Thing’s Bali Schoolies accommodation is just a quick stroll to the famous Kuta Beach and the main Bali Nightlife. Also if you are up for shopping then Bali is place to get your post-school-retail-therapy


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Pick up the phone, chat online, or drop into a Student Flights store today and start planning a Schoolies worth working hard all year for! Also make sure you’re well prepared with our essentials cover travel insurance created specifically for youth travellers. 

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.