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Rainy Day Activities in Sydney

Never let the Sydney rain hold you back with these top indoor attractions and activities.

Never let the weather spoil a good time, especially when you’re on holiday. Here are 12 top ideas to add to your plan B list of awesome things to do if it pours with rain in usually-sunny Sydney.

Where to relax

THE GRAND ROYAL THAI MASSAGE |100 CLARENCE STREET, CBD
There’s nothing like a little pampering while rain is pouring down outside. Stay cosy and warm while melting away the day with a massage for complete relaxation. Try the Grand Royal Thai Massage on Clarence Street in Sydney’s CBD - you’ll be in excellent hands. For added luxury, finish the day with one of Sydney’s famous “hatted” restaurants
THE CRICKETERS ARMS HOTEL | 106 FITZROY ST, SURRY HILLS
If the sun is setting and the Sydney rain just won’t stop pouring, head to one of Sydney’s best pubs and get your bingo on. The Cricketers Arms Hotel in Surry Hills hosts a Rock and Roll bingo night every Tuesday, serving up delicious chicken wings too.
GOLDEN AGE CINEMA | 80 COMMONWEALTH STREET, SURRY HILLS
Showing both new releases, independent films, classics and art house, the Golden Age Cinema is how movie going should be. With only 50 seats per screening, this beautiful heritage listed building and its charming atmosphere will transport you back to the 1940s and have you singing in the Sydney rain.

Try something new

SKY-LAB | 342 ELIZABETH STREET, SURRY HILLS
There are so many beautiful yoga spots to relax and unwind while burning energy, all beautifully designed and welcoming from the moment you step through the door. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not give aerial yoga at Sky-Lab a try? Supported by a ‘silk’ just above the ground, expert teachers will help you stretch, twist and fly the rainy days away.
THE POTTERY SHED | 7 NICKSON ST, SURRY HILLS
Learning something new is a great way to liven the senses, even when it’s looking drab outside. Classes at The Pottery Shed are designed especially for beginners, teaching the basics of throwing, trimming and glazing in a relaxed environment. You could even have your creation professionally finished for a unique souvenir. 
THE WORK-SHOP | CNR CLEVELAND & EVELEIGH ST, REDFERN
From Henna tattoos to brining vegetables, crochet to blending gin, there’s classes for everyone all listed with The Work-Shop. Browse the classes and escape the rain in Sydney, learning a new skill and meeting great people along the way.

Museums and galleries

ART GALLERY NSW |ART GALLERY ROAD, CBD
There’s always something happening at the Art Gallery NSW. With complimentary tours throughout the day and exhibitions to catch while they’re in town, you’ll be soaking up culture rather than soaking in the rain.
THE WHITE RABBIT | 30 BALFOUR STREET, CHIPPENDALE
The White Rabbit Gallery shares the best of Chinese art, delighting visitors with arts that bursts with energy and is technically superb. Wrap up your visit with a stop at the tranquil Tea House for some refreshment. 
AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM | 1 WILLIAM STREET, CBD
If you’re strolling through Hyde Park and the heavens open, head for cover in the Australian Museum. The oldest museum in the country, the Australian Museum in central Sydney mixes culture with science. With an impressive animal collection that extends to the Jurassic, and cultural artefacts from indigenous communities, you’ll easily weather the storm here.
When you’re done with museums and galleries, head over to Haymarket and discover Australia’s largest Chinatown.

Family fun

SYDNEY SKY TOWER | LEVEL 5, WESTFIELD SYDNEY, CBD
When it’s pouring with rain outside heading for a shopping centre is an easy fix. Turn your shopping excursion into a sky high adventure by heading upstairs to the Sydney Sky Tower. Even in the Sydney rain, the view from the top is impressive. If the weather is severe there’s still nothing to fear, with the Sky Tower Wet Weather Promise, you can return for free when the sun reappears.
MANLY SEA LIFE SANCTUARY | WEST ESPLANADE, MANLY
If you need to abort a day at Manly beach because of wet weather, stick with the marine theme and head for the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. With a focus on conservation, the sanctuary is a great place for all ages to learn about the problems facing Aussie wildlife, and what can be done to help. Kids will love the interactive rock pool and feeding demonstrations, and the more adventurous can get into scuba gear and get up close with sharks, turtles and rays.
If the forecast looks bleak, a Sydney Experience Pass gives you 30 days to visit 5 top Sydney attractions at a great one-ticket price.
ATTRACTIVITY | 160 BOURKE ROAD, ALEXANDRIA
When the rain in Sydney just won’t get up and the kids are getting fidgety, head over the Attractivity for unadulterated family fun. With bowling, laser tag, arcade games, a climbing course, dodgem cars and a shooting gallery, there’s so many activates the only problem will fitting them all in!
Sydney combines the best of a bustling city with beautiful beaches, with something to do in all weather conditions. Explore this metropolitan mecca with our detailed city guide, making sure you tick off all the must-do attractions.

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