More than 500,000 Queensland students will finish school forever today, with Schoolies festivities kicking off tonight.
Police are wishing them well, but also warning youngsters about the perils of drug and alcohol use and the Surfers Paradise nightlife on the Gold Coast.
Drugs are always a focus for police, who are urging parents to talk to their children before they head off.
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Queensland students will embark on Surfers Paradise tonight, while interstate students complete their studies next week.