Gold Coast braces for schoolies invasion

Gold Coast braces for schoolies invasion

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Schoolies have been warned not to risk their lives by balcony hopping just days after a young New Zealander fell to his death from a Gold Coast high-rise.

A horde of schoolies is about to invade the Gold Coast.Credit:Aaron Wallender

About 18,000 graduating year 12 students are expected to start arriving on the glitter strip from Friday night.

The 22-year-old New Zealander who died on Tuesday wasn’t an end-of-school reveller but schoolies have been killed or horrifically injured in balcony falls in previous years.

“Don’t jump between balconies … I don’t want my people having to deliver death messages,” Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins told reporters.