20 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Sydney

Any place is better when it’s a glistening, sunny day and Sidney is not an exception. But even with the grey sky and big raindrops, there’s no shortage of activities you can do and that doesn’t mean just lounging at home watching TV series reruns.

    1. Berkelouw Book’s Cafe 1812
      This place combines literature, coffee and wine in a very cozy and quaint, classic European style café.
    2. Elizabeth Bay House and Vaucluse House
      This historic house has some of Australia’s best interiors. You will never want to leave the 1920s style and grace of the gardens and garden tearooms (which are admission free and open daily 24 hours). You can tour the inside for an entry fee.
    3. Visit Art Gallery NSW.
      One of Australia’s leading art museums, visitors and tourists flock the gallery to see the collections of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art.
    4. Drink Chai
      Smooth and spiced soy chai? Gertrude & Alice. Spicy ginger brewed in deep vats? Bondi Farmer’s Market. Circa Espresso, winner of this year’s SMH Good Café Guide Award or a casual at Cleveland’s, are both are Instagram ready places. Other café’s on the rise of popularity are Goblin Café, Kawa, Sadhana Kitchen, The Little Marionette and Single Origin Roaster, all featuring their own and unique blends.
    5. Sydney Antique Centre
      Delve into a treasure trove at Sydney Antique Centre and you’re sure to snap up a gem or two.
    6. Queen Victoria Building
      Wander through the gorgeous and take in the stained-glass beauty, the many interesting and charming exhibitions and attractions throughout the building.
    7. White Rabbit
      Healesville’s White Rabbit is arguably one of the best breweries in Victoria. The White Rabbit team are a quirky bunch and pride themselves on their unique ingredients, imagination, and creativity during the fermentation process.
    8. Marque
      Savour a three-course Friday market lunch at $45 per head with delicious food and great ambiance and wine matches.
    9. King Street Wharf
      Go bowling or karaoke or escape room or laser tag, challenge your friends and have fun with it.
    10. Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
      Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel brews and serves award-winning ales, food and accommodations. Did we already say its Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel?
    11. Get buzzed with Sydney’s best coffee
      Same with Chai, Sydney also offers coffee such as those of Coffee Alchemy, Reuben Hills, Brewtown Newtown, Mecca Espresso and Salvage Specialty Coffee.
    12. Armidale Sport & Recreation Centre
      Strap on some wheels and get skating, bowling, laser, indoor sports, all inside, all heated, all fun.
    13. Sutherland Leisure Centre
      Escape the winter chills at the two 50m pools, family-fun pool, gym, steam room and spa of the center.
    14. IMAX Sydney
      The world’s biggest screen is enough reason to visit.
    15. Sydney’s Madame Tussauds
      Get up close and personal with the famous folk, except they’re wax figures.
    16. Sea Life Aquarium
      Located at Darling Harbor, the place is home to over 13,000 marine animals.
    17. The Lord Dudley.
      One of Sydney’s oldest and most cherished watering holes, a classic English-style pub that offers modern Australian cuisine with an English twist.
    18. Opera House
      Take a tour to see the architecture, remarkable from the inside and out!
    19. Sydney Theatre Company
      Discover the eclectic program of Australian plays and the best of international writing.
    20. The Powerhouse Museum
      They currently have a Lego sculpture collection of DC Comics. They feature experimentations and ecologic exhibitions too. Fun and learning in one.