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Alternatives to Schoolies

If the thought of a traditional schoolies week isn’t appealing to you, then there are still plenty of other ways you can cut loose and celebrate the end of Year 12.


Simply relax

Stay at home, organise catch up with friends, if it’s hot head to the beach, or spend some time catching up on sleep and getting reacquainted with the couch.

Book a beach house

Take a relaxing trip with a few of your best friends and spend some time by the pool or partying with smaller crowds.


Perhaps a cruise is more your style, star rated accommodation and more than one destination. You can even book special schoolies cruises.

Plan a road trip

By yourself of with a couple of friends, choose a destination and plan how you’ll get there, then head off on an adventure.

Go camping

The traditional camping option shouldn’t be overlooked. A few nights away with no plans, no responsibilities, a fridge full of food and your mates, campfires and sleeping under the stars – doesn’t get much better. Or cheaper.


It might not sound much of a celebration to everyone, but if you’re keen to start earning money and being independent, now’s your chance. Plus if you start applying while everyone else is planning their schoolies week, you could het ahead of the crowds and land yourself the best job.

Be productive

Perhaps you’d like to get away but you still want to be a little bit proactive? Why not check out short residential courses and retreats, indulge your passion or hobby while adding something valuable to your CV too.


It’s a great way to explore the world, feel better about yourself, learn new skills and add something valuable to your resume.

Achieve a goal

If you’ve ever dreamed of trekking to Everest’s Base Camp, skiing in Japan, or travelling in Europe, then you could do that too.


Now’s the time to start planning and saving, just make sure you don’t forget to study for those all important exams.

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