School leavers have been forced to party on the street with Covid restrictions banning dancing in night clubs, with some comparing it to a Year 7 disco.
The second week of unofficial Schoolies celebrations kicked off on Saturday in Queensland's Surfers Paradise after a coronavirus-interrupted year of study.
Although the Queensland government called off the party months ago, it hasn't stopped thousands of Year 12 students from descending on the Glitter Strip to celebrate the end of classes.
But footage of revellers on social media partying outside has been ruthlessly mocked online.
The TikTok video which has garnered over 230,000 views shows Year 12 students singing and dancing by the beach as a heavy police presence looks on.
Commenters were merciless in their reaction to the clip.
'This is the saddest schoolies I've ever seen,' one person wrote.
'This looks like a year 7 disco, not schoolies,' another said.
Others said: 'I feel embarrassed for them.' 'Even the cops look embarrassed.'
One person commented they were 'so glad' they didn't make the trip up because it looks 'depressing'.
In late August 2020, the Queensland Premier, along with the Chief Health Officer and Minister for Health, announced that all organised Schoolies events are cancelled citing mass gatherings as a high risk that could spread Covid-19.
'Friends typically head off to various 'Schoolies' locations for a well-deserved break to mark a milestone in their lives,' the Queensland government said on its website.
TikTok commentors said: 'I feel embarrassed for them.' 'Even the cops look embarrassed.'
A Tik Tok video which has garnered over 230,000 views shows Year 12 students singing and dancing by the beach in Surfers Paradise
'The worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic means that Schoolies will look very different for Year 12 school leavers in 2020.'
School leavers have mostly been praised for their good behaviour at unofficial Schoolies celebrations throughout Queensland.
But some footage has emerged of teens vomiting off balconies, hosting non-socially distanced apartment parties and jumping on police cars.
In one video posted to a Schoolies Facebook group, teenagers danced and smoked on a tight balcony on the Gold Coast, with low railing protecting them.
A separate video showed another Schoolie vomiting off the balcony onto the people below, warning them to take a step back from their own balcony if they wanted to avoid the sick.
'Friends typically head off to various 'Schoolies' locations for a well-deserved break to mark a milestone in their lives,' the Queensland government said (pictured, Schoolies 2019)
DANCING CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS IN QUEENSLAND
For licensed venues operating under an approved COVID Safe industry plan, dancing is permitted in all outdoor areas - but not indoors.
Indoor dancing is allowed, subject to the one person per 2 square metre rule, in a few circumstances.
A venue hosting a wedding or school formal can allow dancing, as well as in exercise classes or strip clubs.
For licensed venues, such as restaurants, indoor dance floors cannot be used for dancing.
Night club dance floors are not allowed to be open, but can be used for extra seating.
His mates encouraged him to continue 'tactical vomiting' - a term used to encourage people to vomit after a few alcoholic beverages in the hope that it will 'make room' for them to drink more later in the night.
A third video showed crowds gathered at a beach while a man performed a dangerous backflip, reportedly just a day after landing dangerously on his head while attempting the same trick.
Queensland Police have maintained a strong presence in both Noosa and the Gold Coast despite reporting good behaviour in the first unofficial week of Schoolies.
Schoolies on the Gold Coast has been tainted in recent memory by the deaths of several young people after they fell from their balconies.
In 2019, 18-year-old Charlie Scott from Melbourne fell from the highrise Hilton Tower to his death, while Hamish Bidgood fell from the Surf Regency Holiday Apartment a year earlier.
Footage has surfaced in previous years of teens hanging from balconies and leaning their heads over the edges while talking with people on other floors.
But Acting District Superintendent Jason Overland said overall police were happy with the behaviour of Schoolies this year.
Acting District Superintendent Jason Overland said overall police were happy with the behaviour of Schoolies this year