Schoolies Festival™ is held on Warland Reserve in Victor Harbor, 70km south of Adelaide. The main streets, shops and the beach are a minute’s walk away. During the day you may want to check out the beaches for a surf, enjoy some local shopping or even see a movie at the old-school cinema. For more info about Victor Harbor head to: Victor Harbor Visitor Information
A ‘dry zone’ is an area where the consumption of alcohol or possession of open containers of alcohol is prohibited. This applies even if you are just moving through a dry zone. So if you are drinking or have alcohol in the dry zone police can hand you a hefty fine and you may have to go to court. Be on the safe side and don’t pack it!
The line-up will continue to grow and build in the months leading up to the Festival. For this reason, we cannot release the exact playing times for each act until much closer to the date. Keep tabs on our Facebook page for the latest announcements.
Firstly, please respect the privacy of other school leavers, artists and service providers at Schoolies Festival™. We have a team of creative geniuses dedicated to capturing everything that’s happening on the weekend, check out our Facebook and Instagram to see it all as it unfolds!
Small personal cameras and mobile phones are permitted for your own personal use, however:
Any photos or video taken cannot be sold or published without written authority from Encounter Youth.
Any photos or video taken is to be used for personal use only – uploading to your personal social media is fine.
Before you upload anything, have a think about whether you’d be happy for anyone else to upload that exact photo or video of you. It might be funny at the time, but not so much the next day. Just remember photos on social media are for life.
Be prepared! Make a meeting place with your mates at the very beginning of the weekend. Also don’t rely on mobile phones as the battery might die or sometimes reception can be hard to get. Have an action plan and stick with your friends.
Schoolies Festival™ is for 2023 school leavers and you will need to show a valid form of photo ID (showing your birth year as 2005 or 2006) on arrival to ensure entry into the Festival. A limited number of general admission entry tickets are available pre-sale only and are for students who are under 21. Photo ID will still be required for general admission.
Legal forms of photo ID include a current 2023 student ID card, a current drivers licence or a state issued proof of age card. Due to the nature of the event, Encounter Youth reserves the right to refuse ticket sales or entry to persons 21 or over or to persons who are unable to produce sufficient photo ID that can prove their date of birth.
Our Terms and Conditions state that lost or stolen wristbands will not be replaced or reissued and a damaged but still attached wristband may be replaced.
However we want you to have a safe, fun and enjoyable weekend so if you find yourself in this situation, we encourage you to visit our Ticketing & Wristband Collection Area and explain your situation. Take your valid photo ID with you, as this will assist us to understand your situation.
Please note: Issuing a replacement band is at the sole discretion of Encounter Youth.
If you are looking to book our Schoolies Festival™ 2023 Accommodation & Ticket package, the team leader of your group will complete the application and they will need to know the: name, date of birth, email address (personal- not school) and school of each member wishing to attend. They will also need either a VISA® or MasterCard® to pay your groups application fee which is $49 per person.
Schoolies Festival™ 2023 Tickets are not refundable due to a change in personal circumstances or change of mind.
There are no refunds for insufficient ID. Due to the nature of the event, Encounter Youth reserves the right to refuse ticket sales to persons not of school leaver age or to persons who are unable to produce sufficient photo ID that can prove their date of birth.
For more information on your legal rights for refunds please see the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice.
Sorry, you missed out! There is still a chance that the accommodation type you want may become available. We can’t make any promises but click here to add your name to our waitlist. We will contact you if something becomes available!
Encounter Youth gathers a team of over 500 volunteers, affectionately known as the Green Team as you can spot them in their green t-shirt or hoodie. During the weekend you will see volunteers picking up rubbish, selling tickets or giving out free food…and that’s just the start! They are gathered from Christian communities across SA and pay to volunteer. They are all trained specifically for the Festival. Look out for the Encounter Youth volunteers in green, as they will be a great source of information, support and an extra friend to help you celebrate.
We understand they may be hesitant in you heading down. We suggest having a really good conversation with them about your plans; sit down and talk about how you have prepared and what your safety plans are. We also have a page with info for parents, get them to read this and talk about any concerns together.
Unfortunately we don’t have the time and resources available to respond to individual questions for your project or essay, as we get lots of these requests and they all vary based on the particular assignment.
We have prepared some PDFs on different topics, that you may find helpful for your project or essay.