Gold Coast - golden city of beaches, nightclubs and high rise party towers. But did you know that the Gold Coast is also an incredibly nerdy place to hang? And in this blog, being nerdy is a massive compliment. So I know you've perked up!
On April 12th, Supanova - epic comic and gaming convention - hits the streets of Broadbeach, transforming the Gold Coast into a geeky fan's dream of visiting pop culture celebs, incredible cosplay and other super fun things to do. But, surprising to some, this is a vibe that fits comfortably on the Gold Coast. You see, in the shadow of those high rise party towers lies some of the coolest nerdy attractions in the country.
Over the Supanova weekend thousands of pop culture fans will flood the streets of the Gold Coast to enjoy everything Supanova has to offer - grabbing autographs from visiting stars like Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey and Tyler Hoechlin, picking up epic comics and merch, spectating esports tournaments and so much more. But while on the Gold Coast, we also encourage Supanova fans to explore the other nerdy delights that the Gold Coast has to offer. So to help, we've put together our top 5 nerdy things to do on the Gold Coast (you, know, besides visiting Australia's premier pop culture convention!)
Number 5: Topgolf, Oxenford
Part driving range, part esport, Topgolf offers a hilarious, fun and if it's your thing, competitive night out with your friends. Using microchipped golf balls to keep track of your shot, you participate in a variety of different fun golf games, all from the comfort of a climate controlled bay just for your group. Even if golf is not your cup of tea, you have to try out Topgolf, where they really have gamified the experience.
Number 4: Xscape Reality, Surfers Paradise
Virtual Reality arcades are springing up around the country, riding the wave of jaw dropping advancements in VR technology (bring on the Ready Player One era!). Xscape Reality is an epic VR lounge located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Featuring well over 20 different VR games, you can immerse yourself in fun alternative universes of your choosing - whether hectic gun play or chill potion making is your thing, you'll find it here. Look out for our top VR picks - Super Hot VR and Beat Sabre.
Number 3: Padlock'd Escape Rooms, Surfers Paradise
Escape rooms needs no introduction, so we'll just point you to our favourite escape room on the Goldy. Padlock'd Escape Rooms features some seriously mind bending, fun, and slightly scary scenarios for you and your friends to try and bust out of. As at the time of this article 1,653 teams have been successful in solving the room, but 1,926 were not! So your challenge is clear. And starting at just $32 per player for 60 minutes of entertainment, this is a great value way to spend a nerdy evening on the coast.
Number 2: Gold Coast Film Festival
Supanova visitors are lucky enough to be in town at the same time as the Gold Coast Film Festival - a seriously artsy and nerdy event bringing cool films and viewing experiences to the Gold Coast. And if you don't believe us on the nerdy chops of this event - just check out Horror In the Hinterland on Saturday night (13th). Journey up a winding mountain road to take in scary Australian survival thriller The Furies surrounded by ominous trees and under a dark sky. Check out the link below for the full program.
Number 1: Supanova Superhero Parade
What could be nerdier, and hence cooler, than Australia's largest Superhero parade?! Starting at 8.45am on Sunday morning (14th), your favourite pop culture characters will rule the streets of Broadbeach. Get up early and get a great spot to catch the action, and then head to the Party in the Park after the parade to mingle with cast of the parade, and your fellow fans. Check the link below for the exact parade route and get on it!
So there we have it, have we convinced you that the Gold Coast is secretly a nerdy location? This blog thinks that this should be the basis of the Gold Coasts future international tourist campaigns!
And if you are thinking of visiting the Gold Coast over this epic weekend, check out Legit Nerd's accommodation and ticket packages, epic value right in the heart of the action.