Sunshine Coast 2017
For the past several years young people celebrating Schoolies at the Sunshine Coast have gravitated to Mooloolaba Beach at night (nearest landmark - Loo With a View). You will find hundreds of fellow schoolies there.
For accommodation during Schoolies at the Sunshine Coast look firstly in Mooloolaba, then places like Maroochydore, Alex Heads, Noosa and Caloundra.
Sunshine Coast Schoolies is a much more relaxed and enjoyable Schoolies destination compared to the Gold Coast, as the Policing level, crowd size and government intervention into the schoolies experience is at a much less intense level.
The Surf Life Saving Clubs along the beaches on the Sunshine Coast especially the Mooloolaba club provide the best starting point for a drink if you are over 18 and a great place to eat on the cheap.
Activities such as fishing, surfing, swimming and beach lazing are obviously all the go. There is great shopping, and local shopping centres include cinemas and supermarkets along with arcade games and take away food. You can get really good seafood from local vendors all along the coast at usually decent prices (ask a local for tips on the non-tourist places).
The geography of the Sunshine Coast includes some awesome look-outs (Noosa, Montville, and others)... and bush walks. There are also some really great community markets - check the local paper, especially for the Eumundi Markets: Wed 8am- 1:30pm and Sat 6:30am - 2pm.
For a romantic schoolies week for the cashed up, there are amazing bed and breakfast chalets available in the Montville (anything on Western Avenue is great) / Malaney hinterland areas. If you do venture into the hinterlands, the Montville look-out is breath taking, and the shopping is very unique and worth a walk along the entire main street.
Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo is off the highway opposite the Caloundra turnoff and the Ettamogah Pub (includes theme park and tourist shopping) is on the highway just after passing the Caloundra turnoff... a good place to visit also.
If you are in Caloundra, the seafood at Marsay Brothers on Bullcock St is excellent, and a feed at La Promenade in Tay Ave is great breakfast, lunch or dinner.
For the fisherman, in Noosa follow Hasting St to the end of Claude Batten Drive to the channel at the mouth of the Tewantin River. Everywhere else, just drop a line in on a good tide - the fishing is great.