Thursday, November 17, 2022
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
This weekend marks the start of the seven-day Schoolies celebration, with hundreds of students from around the country inundating the local holiday town of Airlie Beach to mark the moment their formal education finishes and life as young adults begins.
Last year 1500 school leavers chose to celebrate Schoolies in Airlie Beach and organiser Margie Murphy said that this years’ event will be another opportunity for a brand-new cohort to enjoy festival vibes, local tours, and nightly parties.
Located in Fairy Tree Park, the main festivities will begin at 8pm each evening and finish at 12am.
Popular local DJs such as Isaiah and Karma will be performing, and they will be joined by special guests DJ B and Nina Sinclair.
For the first time, there will also be a Schoolies DJ competition where attendees from around the state will battle it out on the main stage.
Each evening will also have a theme: Saturday is ‘Back to School’, Sunday ‘Tight & Bright’, Monday there will be a Pink Party, Tuesday is ‘Tropical’, Wednesday ‘Festival Fits’, Thursday night is a ‘Neon Disco’, and Friday features a classic ‘White Party’.
A special bus service will be running nightly from in front of the Heart Hotel between 10pm and 1am to get Schoolies safely to their accommodation.
The event is supported by the Queensland Government Safer Schoolies Program, Whitsunday Regional Council, Queensland Police Service, and Queensland Ambulance Service.
On ground support is given by the kind volunteers at Red Frogs and WYAM (Whitsunday Youth with a Mission).
This is strictly open to Year 12 students, with school ID required upon entry.
A fully fenced perimeter will ensure ticketed entries only and it is an alcohol-free event.
“Last year we had such a great bunch of kids come and enjoy the event who were really well behaved,” said Margie Murphy.
“These are Airlie’s future tourists, so making them feel welcome and safe benefits everyone in the long run as they are sure to keep returning”
WHAT: Schoolies Week
WHEN: Saturday, November 19 to Friday, November 25
WHERE: Fairy Tree Park
TICKETS: airlieevents.com.au or at the gate
Last year 1500 youngsters attended Schoolies in Airlie Beach