Police shift focus on nightclubs as older, interstate Schoolies start arriving on the Gold Coast

THOUSANDS of Queensland school leavers have started packing up and heading home following a week of partying in Surfers Paradise.

Official Schoolies celebrations wrapped up this morning following a final night of organised activities in the party precinct.

Eighteen male school leavers were arrested on the last official night and charged with a combined 18 offences, mainly for drugs.


A further 18 non-schoolies were arrested on 19 offences, mainly relating to public nuisance, obstructing police and contravening a requirement.

Queensland Ambulance said a total of 85 patients were assessed at the Ambulance Treatment Centre on Day Seven.

Of these, three patients required further assessment at hospital.

As Queensland Schoolies head home to rest their heads, thousands more from interstate will arrive on the Coast and begin checking in to their apartments.

With the majority of interstate schoolies being 18 years of age and over, the policing strategy will shift towards licensed venues.