First things first, planning ahead and being organised for Schoolies Festival™ is the most important step in having the time of your life. So settle in, take some notes and start planning now.
Choose Your Accommodation
Consider how many of your friends are going to stay with you and what type of accommodation you would like. Places can book out early in the year so be quick or you might miss out!! Check out what’s available.
Please note that Encounter Youth do not take any bookings for accommodation.
Purchase Your Schoolies Festival™ Ticket
You will get access to the official Festival site which is unique to SA and designed especially for school leavers. Buy your ticket sooner rather than later as previous years have SOLD OUT. Tickets are on sale now!
Book Your Travel
Getting to and from the Festival safely is a priority. Book a seat on the Free MAC Schoolies Festival™ Bus Service from Adelaide to Victor Harbor. It stops at all the major accommodation venues across the Fleurieu. See more details about travel. Secure your seat by booking online, when you purchase your Schoolies Festival™ ticket!
Download the Free Schoolies Festival™ App
Available on both the Google Play and Apple App Store the official smartphone app is filled with all the information you need to plan ahead and get organised for the Festival this year. It includes heaps of handy links to book your bus and Festival tickets, bus service information, events timetable, planning checklist, links to social media channels and much more.
Getting around in Victor Harbor
When you purchase your ticket to the Festival you’ll get FREE unlimited rides on the Free MAC Schoolies Festival™ Bus. You can catch the bus during the day as well as to and from the Festival at night. The service runs right through until the close of the Festival each night. Destinations include Victor Harbor, Encounter Bay, Port Elliot, Goolwa and Middleton. Check out the travel page for the map and more info.
We want you to have an awesome time and that involves staying safe. The Encounter Youth Green Team volunteers are always available to help out in the Festival, on buses and in selected accommodation venues. Emergency services and first aid are on the festival site and prepared to help should they need to. Victor Harbor itself is a 24hr dry zone during the festival weekend and there will be extra police around to make sure you all have an awesome time.
Warm clothes – While it is nearly summer it can still become icy cold at night so bring plenty of warm gear. If you’re camping, don’t forget your sleeping bag, a torch and plenty of warm and waterproof clothing. Victor Harbor has some amazing beaches so be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat and swimmers.
Dollars – Plan to save enough money for the 3 days, perhaps draw up a budget and think about your accommodation, travel and food. All up, this can be a lot of money so start saving now. ATM’s are available so limit the amount of cash you bring with you to be safe!
ID – Don’t forget to bring your student ID or drivers licence to the Schoolies Festival™ ticket booth to get your wristband. Remember the Festival is for those guys and girls who graduated this year.
Food – Be prepared and organise food with your friends. There will be yummy snacks available in The Lounge for a small price. Plus, you are only a minute walk to the Victor Harbor town centre for other food options.
Dress up Themes – Each night of the festival we will have a party costume theme, so get involved and join in the fun! Friday night is Schoolies Tops, Saturday night is 90’s Night, and Sunday is School Uniform!
Leave it at home
Alcohol – By law Victor Harbor becomes a temporary 24hr Dry Zone during the week around the festival, so if you have alcohol in a public area you can be fined. You’re only a school leaver once so do yourself and your bank account a favour and leave the alcohol behind.
Glass – This includes all types of glass and not just alcohol bottles. Broken glass can seriously injure people and wildlife during and after the festival.
Car – All ticket holders can ride the Free MAC Schoolies Festival™ Bus whilst at the festival so don’t waste your money on petrol. Check out all the info on the travel page.
Graffiti – Some people think it’s fun to ‘paint the town red’ and graffiti public or private property during the weekend. This is ILLEGAL. While graffiti is a cool art form not everybody appreciates your art on their stuff, so please leave the cans at home.
Knives or weapons – The festival is a safe place to celebrate so don’t bring anything that could be considered by police or others to be dangerous.
Antisocial behaviour – The festival is about having a good time. Crowd surfing and stage diving are unsafe and people can get hurt so this is a no-go. Antisocial school leavers will be removed from venues and may have their wristbands removed. We take this seriously! We reserve the right to refuse entry and eject anyone. See the terms and conditions for more info.
Valuables – If you would be sad if you lost it, don’t bring it! There are large crowds and lost property is hard to track down.