You are visiting Brisbane, the capital of the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, the sun forgot about your arrival. It is raining in Brisbane. It does not happen often unless you are travelling in summer when storms hit Queensland. So you better be prepared with a list of plan Bs to stay dry or embrace the weather. Here’s a list of things to do in Brisbane on a rainy day to help you enjoy your trip and beat the weather.
Most of the tourist activities in Brisbane are outdoor activities. So what are the things to do in Brisbane when it’s raining?
Things to do in Brisbane on a rainy day: indoor activities around Brisbane
1. Learn more about the Galaxy
You can read about the galaxy or watch an educational show at the Brisbane Planetarium in Mount Coot-Tha. You’ll ever get to see the Brisbane sky as if it weren’t raining.
2. Visit museums
If you’ve done them all, there are some others in the town
3. Discover local Brisbane beers
There are many local breweries in Brisbane to visit… and even more local beers to taste! Click here to book a tour or get inspired!*
The Felons Brewery is perfectly located under the Story Bridge and offers stunning views of Brisbane City. XXXX Brewery is maybe the most famous beer in Queensland. Charming Squire is ideally located in South Bank, close to the most touristy part of Brisbane.
Or you can try smaller breweries such as Green Beacon, Newstead Brewery, Brisbane Brewery, Sea Legs Brewery, Aether Brewing…
4. Enjoy cultural activities
5. Go skydiving
Yes, we’re still taking of indoor activities around Brisbane. You can get a true free-fall experience without going outside and jumping out of a plane. With the virtual reality goggles on, you’ll get a real thrill! Check it out*
6. Try a foodies experience
This food lovers’ guide to Brisbane
If you want to stay in the city, read my article on the best restaurants for tourists in Brisbane.
7. Go for wine tasting
There aren’t many wineries in Queensland, so that’s a good one to tick off the bucket list. The closest wineries are Mount Tambourine and Sirromet (click here for more information and book the tour*).
8. Visit the Sea Life Aquarium
It will take you 1h15 mn to drive up to Mooloolaba. The aquarium is entirely undercover so the rain will not affect your time there!
9. Learn about the Aboriginal Culture
You can watch traditional dances and a theatre show about the Aboriginal history and culture (click here for more info*).
10. Visit Boggo Road Gaol
You can visit the historical prison with an ex-inmate (click here for more info*) or do it at night for a more scary experience! (click here for more info*)
11. Stay at a nice hotel
Some accommodations in Brisbane offers special features that make them perfect for when it’s raining.
At FV by Peppers* for example, the covered heated swimming pool with a bar will let you enjoy an outdoorsy feeling while escaping the nasty weather. For a small fee, you could even get you private jacuzzi room, cinema room or karaoke room.
At the Emporium Hotel*, you can experience the touristy Brisbane CBD and South Bank by watching it from your bedroom, as you relax in your bath for example.
W Brisbane* has enough interior design curiosities and comfort to keep you entertained for a little while. And you won’t have to leave the building to enjoy a spa treatment.
A rainy weekend can be a perfect opportunity for a romantic getaway outside the city. We loved our time in the rainforest at the Kondalila Eco Resort* despite the rain. With the windows opened and the lovely views, we were in the rainforest while still being cosy in our room.
12. Get close to koalas
The Daisy Hill Koala Centre has a great indoor area with fun interactive displays. Koalas are outside, but you can watch them from the window or the covered boardwalk without getting too wet.
13. Learn about the Buddhist culture
The Chung Tian Temple offers an opportunity to learn more about the Buddhist culture in an environment that will make you feel like you’ve left Australia and travelled to Asia.
14. Experience an escape room
You can have fun and live an indoor adventure in an escape room*.
15. Go rock climbing indoor
West End or Fortitude Valley have indoor climbing walls for you to develop your skills. And when the sun shines again, you will be ready to climb the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in front of Brisbane CBD.
16. Challenge yourself with a commando mission
The Planet Commando obstacle route combines fitness, adrenaline
17. Prepare for the zombie apocalypse
Zero Latency offers a virtual-reality game that’s only available in 10 countries in the world.
18. Get nostalgic with arcade games
If virtual-reality games are too modern for you, Brisbane is also home to the largest free play retro arcade in Australia, with over 400 square metres of games.
19. Watch sports
Queenslanders love sports. If you can get a ticket in the higher seats of the Suncorp or Gabba stadiums, you should stay dry during the game. Another alternative is to watch the games from a bar – Caxton Street or Pig & Whistle venues often have them on.
Don’t mind being wet? Check out the waterfalls near Brisbane!
There are great waterfalls in the region that can make an exciting day trip from Brisbane during or after a rainy period. That’s actually why I get excited when it’s raining in Brisbane!
My favourite ones are in Springbrook National Park (a rainy and hot day is the best to see the glow worms there!) and Lamington National Park. To stay a bit dry, The Falls Drive offers shorter walks with great falls. On the Sunshine Coast, the Buderim Forest can be a great option as well.
Embrace the rain and get wet: just dive in the water!
To find more things to do in Brisbane when it’s raining, I recommend checking the sea conditions. Who cares about the rain when already in the water?!
Maybe you’ll be lucky with great waves to go surfing?
Or maybe the sea is too flat and then snorkelling and diving are a good option? You could see turtles at Cook Island or Manta rays and sharks at Stradbroke Island for example. A bit further north, you could even dive on the HMAS Brisbane wreck.
Is there something you like to do in Brisbane on a rainy day? Please share your experience in the comments below!
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