More Schoolies than ever before have set their sights on Noosa for 2020 after official events were cancelled on the Gold Coast and flights to Bali and Fiji were grounded.
While the tourism and hospitality industries are hoping an estimated 5,000 school leavers will inject much needed money into the economy - which was crippled by Covid and the subsequent lockdowns - plenty of Noosa locals have their doubts.
Some fear their personal safety wasn't taken into consideration before Noosa agreed to become the unofficial Schoolies destination of 2020.
Others are simply concerned the cash injection isn't worth the potential damage to local beaches and nature reserves.
'Many of us bought in Noosa so we wouldn't have to endure such a thing as Schoolies,' one longtime Noosaville resident said.
'Who in their right mind would consider it a good idea from a health risk point of view... given the age demographic of most residents in Noosa.'
Damning photographs taken at various Schoolies events across the Gold Coast in recent years show beaches littered with rubbish from the night before. Pictured: Cavill Avenue in 2019
Tourism Noosa chief executive officer Melanie Anderson (pictured) said Schoolies who choose Noosa as their destination of choice are likely not coming 'to party' given venues close early and there aren't any night clubs
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From November 20, an estimated 5,000 school leavers will descend on Hastings Street and surrounds - after organised events and beach parties were cancelled on the Gold Coast to stem the spread of Covid.
Red Frog volunteers - who usually offer support to teens during their stay - will also skip the Glitter Strip, instead deploying at least 100 people north to Noosa.
Red Frogs Queensland's Chris George said they're 'bolstering support for locals in Noosa' but really aren't sure what to expect from school leavers this year.
'We're not quite sure until we get there and find out,' he said, admitting that while early estimates anticipate about 5,000 Schoolies, that number doesn't factor in private bookings or AirBnB stays.
The volunteers work round-the-clock during Schoolies week to offer support to the teenagers, from walking them home to ensure they get there safely to cooking pancakes for breakfast the next morning.
But some locals are concerned the Red Frogs won't be able to protect Noosa's pristine beaches and nature.
Some locals are simply concerned the cash injection isn't worth the potential damage to local beaches and nature reserves
'They have a habit of drinking in parks and leaving rubbish and broken bottles everywhere,' another resident said.
'Partying til dawn in their AirBnBs, drinking, lighting fires on Main Beach... stay safe everyone.'
Another said: 'The Gold Coast is refusing to have them. Every Schoolies year has been a disaster... The council always come out at a loss, replacing damaged infrastructure... Good luck Noosa.'
Damning photographs taken at various Schoolies events across the