Toolies hit the black market to buy wristbands that give them access to Schoolies-only areas – and they’re spending up to $500 a pop to get their hands on them
- Desperate toolies are offering up to $500 to access Schoolies events in WA
- Some 10,000 graduates have swarmed to Dunsborough’s party strip ‘The Zone’
- School leavers have reported being offered money in exchange for their passes
- Only 10,000 could register for the vaccine-required event and many missed out
Desperate ‘toolies’ are paying up to $500 to secure wristbands on the black market to get access to schoolies-only events so they can party with thousands of Year 12 graduates.
Each year, throngs of school leavers swarm to Dunsborough – a coastal town in Western Australia’s southwest – for week-long celebrations to mark the end of high school.
With Leavers Week kicking off on Sunday, 10,000 graduates set up camp at ‘The Zone’ – a strip along the foreshore – where the ‘best’ and biggest schoolies parties take place.
But over-age and unregistered revellers are reportedly offering graduates up to $500 in exchange for their all-access wristbands to gain entry to the rave hotspot, The West Australian reports.
Schoolies celebrations kicked off around the nation this week as Year 12 graduates swarmed to popular event destinations in their states. Pictured: Two women have fun on a ride during festivities at WA’s Leavers week
A black market has emerged as toolies and unregistered revellers try to get their hands on all-access wrist bands to enter The Zone (pictured)
The demand is being driven by the event’s 10,000 capacity limits and a strict registration process – which saw hundreds miss out on tickets earlier this week, including those who were unvaccinated.
The black market has sprung up on social media, with a number band seekers placing bids for the passes – which officially cost $120 for a week or $55 for a day – over Snapchat.
One man posted a picture of himself wearing a Leavers band from 2020, which he had successfully used to get into The Zone.
Meanwhile, a leaver told The West he rejected a $250 offer for his band because he did not want his female friends preyed on by toolies.
South West Supt Geoff Steward said no charges have been laid against people trying to enter the area using under the counter bands.
The wristbands were sold to school leavers for $120 a week or $55 for a day, with proof of vaccination required at purchase. Pictured is an official promotion for the wristbands
‘There will always be toolies that will come down and try to crash the party or whatever, but the good thing about toolies is boofheads stand out and the leavers have been reporting them to us as well,’ he said.
Despite the circulation of unauthorised tickets, Supt Steward praised the behaviour of the teenagers, saying this year’s cohort were some of the best behaved in the event’s history.
‘We have had to speak to some people about their behaviour but they’ve responded well. A lot of people should be proud of the children who have come down, and so should the schools,’ he said.
‘Overall all the things we’ve put in place have worked well, the leavers’ zone is working a treat.
Dunsborough, a three-hour drive south of Perth, is the primary schoolies location for Western Australian Year 12 students.
While nights are reserved for drinking and clubbing, leavers have access to a range of activities during the day, including kayaking, scuba diving, surf lessons, and helicopter rides.
WA schoolies flocked to the beach on Wednesday as part of Leavers Week celebrations