The fun and safe Sunshine Coast alternative to schoolies
ISAAC Harrison will swap the alcohol-fuelled shenanigans of the Gold Coast with an adrenalin-fuelled week of adventure on his back doorstep.
The Sienna Catholic College student and long time mates Kurt Whiteman and Brayden Smith are among the first to take on the new Schoolies Adventure Package.
From November 21, the trio will throw themselves into 20 hours of action over seven activities including snorkelling, skydiving, surfing, kite boarding, yoga, jet skiing and an Australia Zoo experience.
Mr Harrison said the thought of partying all week and ending up bed-ridden had not appealed to him.
"There would be a lot of alcohol and drugs (on the Gold Coast), so not it's not so much fun just getting written off basically," he said.
"This way we will be having fun and enjoying everything."
Sunshine Coast Skydivers' Jodie Prime said they had devised the package in consultation with local operators to put a positive spin on Schoolies Week for those who wanted to spend their first week of freedom on the Sunshine Coast.
"Everyone calls Caloundra the sleepy town and there's a misconception that there's nothing to do, but I know as a parent you don't want your kids to head to Schoolies elsewhere to get drunk," she said.
"This adventure package offers healthy activities that allow the kids to push themselves beyond the limits of what they think they can do and it's a great way for them to get ready for life."
Ms Prime said the $692 price tag was great value for money when you considered some parents were happy to pay as much as $1000 just to secure accommodation and pay excessive bond charges.
Caloundra Jetski owner Ken Jeffreys said the initiative would create a point of difference for the Coast.
"This is an opportunity for us to position ourselves as offering a place where school leavers and their parents feel comfortable and where they can come and celebrate the end of 12 years of hard labour in a safe environment," he said.
"The young people that I have dealt with over the years have been exceptional people and this initiative is well overdue."
Red Frogs Sunshine Coast co-ordinator Dan Terry said they were expecting a very "chilled out" Schoolies Week.
"It should be the same as last year, it's where kids can get away from the parties on the Gold Coast," he said.
"A lot of the schoolies will stay in Caloundra, Coolum and Noosa and we will be engaging with them throughout the week to provide assistance where needed.
"We do pancake cook-ups, walk them home, arrange get-togethers to hang out if they like; it's all about keeping them safe."
- Adventure pack businesses
- Caloundra Jetski
- Kite Thrills
- Silky Surf
- Australia Zoo
- Sunshine Coast Skydivers
- Yoga NRG