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National Youth Week on the Gold Coast

Held in April each year, National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia.

National Youth Week on the Gold Coast

National Youth Week

National Youth Week (NYW) is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Each year, thousands of young people aged 12 to 25 from across the country get involved.

In 2017 National Youth Week will be held from the 31 March to 9 April 2017. This year’s theme is "Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You".

Applications are now open for organisations hosting a free or low cost activity for young people during Youth Week to be listed on the City of Gold Coast calendar of events. Complete and submit the form below.

Please note: Applications close 17 February 2017

National Youth Week - 2016

In 2016, over 40 free or low cost events were held across the city during National Youth Week. Events included workshops on horror makeup, tie dye, comic creation, stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, talks on the film industry, sessions with a gold medal Olympian and much more.

Highlights of the week included:

  • YOLO (You Only Live Once) - grand opening at Thrower House, Palm Beach;
  • Shout Out at Coomera;
  • The inaugural Burleigh to Bundall: a mash up of bikes, beats, bowls and brilliance delivered across four city locations;
  • STAMP – a program celebrating young people launched by The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Be sure to check out National Youth Week activities

One event featuring in past calendars is the YOLO (You Only Live Once) Festival. It is held at Thrower House, a collaborative effort from services across the Gold Coast. Activities have included slam poetry, braiding, tie dying, laser tag, inter-generational activities such as card making and great line-ups of bands and entertainment. Check out some of the great photos from the YOLO Festival in the image gallery below.

Youth Week 2014 video transcript

For further information about Youth Week on the Gold Coast, contact us on 07 5581 6691 or

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