Thousands of teenagers flood Surfers Paradise for Schoolies

THOUSANDS of teenagers have started pouring into Surfers Paradise for the annual Schoolies celebrations.

Around 22,000 screaming school leavers are expected to descend on the Coast for a week of beachfront partying.

Police are out in force today, monitoring the influx of teens as they arrive and book into their accommodation.


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School leavers will be able to begin collecting their official Schoolies wristbands from the Wristband Distribution Centre on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cypress Ave from 11am.

It won’t be all ‘fun in the sun’ though, with showers and overcast conditions threatening to dampen festivities.

It’s tipped to be a wet weekend, which is expected to keep many graduates confined to their hotel rooms.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high 80 per cent chance of up to 10mm of rain falling on the Coast today, followed by another possible 15mm on Sunday.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation and the Office of Fair Trading will also be out and about, conducting random compliance checks of accommodation and entertainment venues.

Last year, the agencies together performed 84 proactive compliance checks 230 checks on security providers.

Police have warned they will not hesitate to take enforcement action against anyone found to be in possession of, or supplying, trafficking or producing dangerous drugs.

“Schoolies week is a timely reminder to the community that the possession and consumption of drugs is illegal,” police said in a statement on Saturday morning.

“Not only is it illegal – it is also dangerous and could have fatal consequences.”