Forget the Gold Coast, this is the place to just chill

Red Frogs Sunshine Coast coordinator Dan Terry is preparing to help schoolies enjoy their Sunshine Coast experience.
Red Frogs Sunshine Coast coordinator Dan Terry is preparing to help schoolies enjoy their Sunshine Coast experience. Cade Mooney

THE Coast's relaxed atmosphere is expected to attract about 1000 schoolies seeking a different vibe from the Gold Coast's party reputation.

Red Frogs Sunshine Coast co-ordinator Dan Terry said there were no major events or dance parties planned for next week's celebrations.

"The Sunshine Coast is one of those destinations where people just want to come to have a holiday with their friends," Mr Terry said.

"Here, a lot of it is just (going to) the beach and shopping."

They will be staying at Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Coolum and Noosa.

Mr Terry's organisation promotes safety among school leavers and tips on how to avoid getting into trouble.

They also offer assistance to teens worried about getting home safely.

Mr Terry said schoolies could call Red Frogs and staff would walk people home or come around and cook up pancakes.

They will also be organising informal events like soccer games, beach volleyball and barbecues on the beach.

Sunshine Coast police district officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson said police were expecting a "small number" of schoolies to come to the region.

"The small numbers and from experience, the excellent behaviour of our school leavers coming to the Sunshine Coast does not require any individualised operations," Supt Johnson said. 

"Police will provide extra patrols where required to ensure our school leavers are able to celebrate in safety whilst ensuring the safety of our own community."

He said officers from the Sunshine Coast would be travelling to the Gold Coast to help with schoolies celebrations over the coming fortnight.

"The completion of your school years is a significant achievement and a milestone which should be celebrated. 

"Our Sunshine Coast police will ensure that all our community, whether residents or visitors, are safe when in our district. 

"I would ask that our school leavers have a great time whilst here in this district, but remember there is still the need to act responsibly and respect others."

For more information on Red Frogs call 1300 557 123.

Topics:  schoolies 2016 sunshine coast

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