Things to do on a rainy day in Sydney

Have buckets of fun even when it’s bucketing down in Sydney. These wet weather activities will entice you out of the house on a grey old day.

Pic: @danielgois via Instagram

Pic: @danielgois via Instagram

1. Venture beyond your local cafe. Sure, it sounds counterintuitive when it’s wet out there, but heading to a new space in one of Sydney’s villages might just ease that cabin fever.

Pictured: Reuben Hills in Surry Hills

Pictured: Reuben Hills in Surry Hills

2. Lose yourself in a good book. The City’s library has nine branches across Sydney and offers reliable respite from bad weather. Membership is free for anyone living in NSW. Bonus: members can access free music and e-books, so after you join you’ll be able to curl up with some top-notch literature at home, anytime.

Instagrammer @thefrenchieescapes catches up on some reading material at Customs House library. Pic: @perfectlynormal.co via Instagram

Instagrammer @thefrenchieescapes catches up on some reading material at Customs House library. Pic: @perfectlynormal.co via Instagram

3. Hate to say it, but you’ll probably feel better once you get off the lounge. Take the wet weather as a chance to start a healthy habit. It’s time to lace up your trainers and check out your local fitness centre.

4. While you’re at it, why not go for a swim? You’re already getting wet out there, right…? See more info on the City’s pools.

5. Take a trip back in time with a tour of Sydney’s historical sites. Sydney Living Museum gives you the key to historic houses and heritage buildings throughout Sydney including former convict housing at Hyde Park Barracks and the ornate interior of Elizabeth Bay house.

Pic: Jessica Morris / www.duckyjessica.com

Pic: Jessica Morris / www.duckyjessica.com

6. Go see a movie. It’s the obvious choice, really. Sydney has a wealth of cinemas so you’re sure to find something on.

7. Indulge in some visual treats at Sydney’s art galleries. See contemporary Chinese art (and grab dumplings) at White Rabbit Gallery, then move on to the Art Gallery of NSW for a spot of Monet. Round out your day at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Circular Quay is very pretty in the rain. Or go beyond the big venues, and soak up some art in one of Sydney’s smaller galleries. For inspiration, see the latest arts and culture events.

White Rabbit Gallery's tea room, captured by Instagrammer @juliekieu

White Rabbit Gallery’s tea room, captured by Instagrammer @juliekieu

8. Treat yourself to a spot of shopping. Sydney’s villages are home to sweet boutiques and specialty stores that are perfect for whiling away a rainy afternoon.

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9. Shoot some hoops or join an art group. Community centres are the hero of the rainy day, offering a daily schedule of art classes, sports sessions and more.

Flower arranging via Classbento

10. Forget the grey skies outside and learn something new at the same time. Reader Stefanie K recommends workshops through Classbento. She says: “they are fun, promote awareness of different cultures (e.g. I did a Japanese flower arranging class), support local artists and small businesses in the community, and of course are mostly held indoors, so are suitable for wet weather.”

11. See a show. Sydney plays host to the best local and international stage shows, live music performances and everything in between. See what’s on today.

Pic: @edwindatoc via Instagram / www.edwindatoc.net

Pic: @edwindatoc via Instagram / www.edwindatoc.net

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Stay dry, Sydney!

Bonus: check out how beautiful Sydney is in wet weather, as captured by Timelapse Photographer Matthew Vandeputte

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