FAQ

Who will be going?

Year 12 leavers, fun-loving guys and girls, actually hundreds of them each year attend across all our events. Some are from up north, some from NSW, some from outback Qld, and stacks from SE Queensland. Schoolies from both state and private schools have come in the past. If you finish year 12 in 2016, you can be there.

Where do we stay?

Sunny Coast will be using two sites for SU-Schoolies: Alexandra Headlands Conference Centre and Luther Heights at Coolum.

What roles do the leaders play?

The leaders are there to provide support for the participants and facilitate many of the details which need to be taken care of on a daily basis. They will maintain an awareness of times for transfers to the different locations/events and have a responsibility to be aware of where participants are at various times. They aren't there to cramp your style, but they are there to ensure that you get the most out of your Schoolies.

Do we have to follow the day to day itinerary?

In broad terms yes! Each event and group within that has its own itinerary and needs to work within this (otherwise you'll miss out on too much). There is time scheduled where you can just hang out, shop, have space from leaders and other schoolies.

What is the Christian content for the week?

Each evening has a Christian speaker who communicates in a light, fun and energetic way.

How do I get there?

  • Catch a bus from Brisbane*
  • Catch a chartered bus from Central Qld*
  • Fly to Brisbane Airport and we will pick you up (contact us for more info)
  • Drive up yourself
  • Ask your parents nicely if they can drop you off
  • Pickup locations announced in August 2016
Please note that assistance may be available if you are travelling from outside South East Qld. Please contact us for more information.

Can I take my own car?

You are welcome to find your own way to SU-Schoolies via private transport, but no driving will be necessary throughout the week and is not permitted. Bus transport is provided for all activities during the week.

Can I catch up with other friends on the coast?

You are welcome to catch up with friends and family during the week. People from outside the event are not permitted to come to the accommodation where you're staying but you are able to meet them off site - our suggestion is to meet them at the beach or at the shops during elective time. We do ask you to get permission from your site director before making arrangements to do this.

What do I have to bring?

  • Bedding (sleeping bag, sheets, pillow, etc.)
  • Several changes of clothes
  • Funky swimmers
  • Sense of fun
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant)
  • Extra $$$ for shopping, additional electives, bribes, etc.

Who will be going?

Year 12 leavers, fun-loving guys and girls, actually hundreds of them from all over Queensland attend the event. Schoolies from both state and private schools have come in the past. If you finish year 12 in 2015, you can be there.

Where do we stay?

On Backflip you will spend two nights at Day Dream Island Resort and three nights aboard a vessel, sailing the Whitsundays!

What roles do the leaders play?

The leaders are there to provide support for the participants and facilitate many of the details which need to be taken care of on a daily basis. They will maintain an awareness of times for transfers to the different locations/events and have a responsibility to be aware of where participants are at various times. They aren't there to cramp your style, but they are there to ensure that you get the most out of your Schoolies.

What is the Christian content for the week?

On Backflip we don't have formal Christian input times like many other SU Qld events. Instead, we give you thoughtful material to reflect on and then discuss with the people around you. All of the leaders on SU Schoolies are Christians and Christian content arises out of conversations.

Do we have to follow the day to day itinerary?

Backflip has a basic itinerary that varies slightly for each group. You all do the same things, just at different times. Whilst on the Island you have plenty of time and flexibility to choose from a variety of activities, as you desire. Whilst on board the vessel, your skipper will decide on when the best time to go snorkeling and sailing are depending on the weather and the tides.

How do I get there?

If you are from South East Queensland you will need to meet at the Brisbane Airport at your allocated time. From there obviously you'll fly! We fly into Proserpine and then get a bus to the harbour in Airlie Beach. If you live nearby you can find your own way to the harbour, you just need to let us know. If you don't live anywhere near Airlie Beach or Brisbane, contact us and we will work something out!

How many people per room?

At Day Dream Island Resort, we stay in rooms which accommodate 2 people. Accommodation varies slightly between vessels but it is mainly open-plan. To make sure everyone is safe and well-behaved we allocate guys to one side, and girls to the other, with leaders scattered throughout.

Do we room with people we don't know?

Each participant gets to nominate another person they would like to room with when they register. We then do our best to match these so that everyone is sharing with their friends where possible. The one circumstance where this doesn't happen is where there is a mixture of males and females in a group. In this case we will group the males together and the females together. If you don't know anyone else on the trip, we will put you with other friendly people who don't know anyone so you can all make friends together! Lovely!

It's stinger season, am I in danger?

Generally, no. We take all the necessary precautions whilst on the yachts, on the Island and on the mainland. This includes wearing stinger suits whilst snorkelling and swimming in the ocean. You will also be asked to wear a stinger suit when you go tubing.

Will I get sea sick?

During your time on the yachts, we are only in open water a for small percentage of the time. You are sheltered by the islands the rest of the time. The chances of anyone getting extremely sick are low. If you do normally get seasick, take some ginger tablets before you're on your way to White Haven Beach as that is the roughest ocean crossing we take. The yachts anchor in very sheltered inlets at night, so there's no chance of rocking or sickness then either. If you are prone to a bit of sea or motion sickness then come prepared with the necessary remedies. Make sure you drink plenty of water and wear a hat - if you are dehydrated you are more likely to get sick!

My parents have frequent flyer points can I use them?

As we are a group booking and book 12 months out from the event the answer is no. The airline won't allow group bookings to claim individual frequent flyer points.

What to bring?

Beach gear

  • Togs
  • Boardies
  • Beach towel (Long Island Resort provide bath towels)

Clothes - ultra casual

  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Thongs/sandals
  • Sand shoes/Runners
  • Jumper - it can get cool on deck at night
Ladies take note: dresses and skirts are OK to wear on the Island but not so practical on the boat as you will be climbing up and down stairs from below deck to on top of the deck. The wind can also be a bit blowy and you can imagine what happens then!

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hair brush / comb
  • Insect repellent

Sun safe stuff - sunburn is a real danger and you need to take care!!

  • Sun cream
  • Hat
  • Sunnies
  • Cool shirt with sleeves and a collar