Melbourne is an awesome place to be a nerd these days. No more will we be lovers of video games, anime, manga, sci-fi, tabletop gaming, and more need to hide from our nerdy passions. Planning to visit Melbourne anytime soon? You’ve come to the right place!
Before you fly
There’s a lot of groups to join, conventions to go to, and shops to visit. The best way to experience all of them while enjoying thousands of other things Melbourne has to offer (food, culture, views, etc.) is to drive around. Book car hire by DriveNow in Melbourne airport in advance, so you can have the freedom to go around and visit any nerd-favourite activities, shops and destinations as you please.
Supanova pop culture expo
Hailed as one of Melbourne’s biggest pop culture festivals, Supanova is celebrated for ONE weekend every year. The event features special guests, cosplay, and some of the best exhibitors of the year.
Spend your night being locked into a room with arguments over intelligence and endless puzzles. Trapt is the perfect place for nerds to experience four varying levels of underground escape rooms designed for the sound of mind. Your crew only has 45 minutes to break out of gruelling puzzles.
If you’re still looking for that limited-edition collector box of legendary Pokémon cards or super rare fighter figurine, Critical Hit might have it. Sexy anime figurines? No problem! And they won’t judge you for it.
School of life
Do you know someone who’s having a hard time understanding his or her emotions? Is this you? Drag yourself (or them) to the School of Life. Awesome courses like “how to master the art of relationships” and “how to find fulfilling work” are available to slap yourself or your buddy with some maturity.
Everything here is homage for all things Pokémon, Nintendo, and Wii. This local haven for gamers will have you enjoying Nintendo-themed events like trivia nights, Pokémon battles, and of course, a Mario 64 tournament – old but gold.
Become a walking dead
Walkers, biters, cold bodies, creepers, dead ones, floaters, geeks, lamebrains, lurkers, monsters, roamers, rotters and skin eaters. What do all these names have in common? They’re simply zombies! Melbourne has heaps of opportunities to fight this undead foe – or maybe, you want to join the horde yourself.
Popcorn Video in Bonbeach holds an annual Zombie Walk, which aims to raise money for cancer research, and the Melbourne Zombie Shuffle organizes annual zombie walks as well, just for fun. If shuffling around isn’t to your liking, you can join Humans vs Zombies, a game of tag with a twist.
NGV talks and discussions
Perfect for nerds looking for heaps of cultural and informative talks. The National Gallery of Victoria regularly discusses contemporary and currently displayed politics, art, and activism. Most talks run completely free to the public, so you can fulfil the desires of your inner art geek.
Website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs- events/?type=talks
Found a location you want to visit? Invite your friends now and start planning your itinerary in advance! Don’t forget to book a car hire by DriveNow in Melbourne airport so you can visit any the locations here and even see more of Melbourne.