The top 5 things to do on a rainy day in Sydney

25 Oct

Whenever it rains, I’m like “oh crap, what are we going to do all afternoon???????” Well, today’s sponsored guest post will give you some inspiration:

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day! Or is it really that big a deal? Sydney looks so
spectacular in the sunshine that we often forget that there are many fun things to do on a rainy
day. No the harbour doesn’t look as amazing but hey so what. The sun will shine another day
and Sydney will sparkle again. Now’s the time to head indoors and see some of the substance
behind Sydney’s dazzling smile.

Visit a Museum
Oh my there are so many options for this category I hardly know where to begin…

• Museum of Sydney – located on the site of the first ever Government House this museum
looks at Sydney’s past, present and future
• Powerhouse Museum – a science and design museum with lots of interactive displays
• Art Gallery of NSW – a fabulous museum housing the largest permanent collection of
Aboriginal Art in the world (among other things). Better still, it’s FREE!
• The Australian Museum – fabulous natural history collection and some really big dinosaurs!
• The Museum of Contemporary Art – a wonderful selection of Australian and international
contemporary art exhibits. Entry is FREE!
• Australian National Maritime Museum – for all things nautical.

Check out Darling Harbour
You’ll need an umbrella to get yourself there as I can’t think of a way to get to Darling Harbour
undercover. BUT if you can get there then you can easily spend all day there. There’s loads to
do (kid friendly stuff too) and when you are done doing it there are about a gazillion bars and
restaurants you can choose from for a bite to eat.

• Sydney Aquarium – housing over 13,000 animals from 700 different species including the
world’s largest variety of sharks and sting rays, the aquarium is super cool.
• Wild Life World – If you can’t make it out to Taronga Zoo this is a great alternative.
• Madame Tussards – like the original but with an Aussie twist
• IMAX – IMAX Sydney apparently has the world’s biggest screen. I’ve seen it and it’s pretty big.
There is always a 3D show worth seeing here.

Take a Tour of the Opera House

I know you’ve been dazzled by that stunning harbour and the intriguing architecture of the
Opera House. But don’t get so dazed you forget to go in! There is an interesting story about the
construction of this now loved icon.

Go Out for Yum Cha!
You can’t come to Sydney and not head out for Yum Cha. It simply isn’t the done thing. It is
perfect for a rainy day as you can just sit around and leisurely eat your food while having a good
old chit chat. Yum Cha is basically a meal of lots of little dim sum dishes such as dumplings, pork

buns and other such delicacies. Think tapas, just Chinese ones! In my opinion this is Chinese
food at its best.
Some great Sydney options are:
• Sky Phoenix – not in Chinatown but still in the CBD. Has the added bonus of being part of the
new Westfield complex so you can fill in that rainy day with some shopping before and
• Marigold Chinatown- this place is a real crowd pleaser as far as yum cha goes. Get in early!
• Iron Chef Cabramatta – why not make a day of it and get the train from the city out to
Cabramatta to try this Sydney favourite. The restaurant is conveniently located near the
train station.

Go Shopping
• There’s the new fancy pants Westfield Sydney. We’re talking lots of labels and some rather
smashing food court food options.
• Pitt St Mall: even though it’s out in the open there is sufficient coverage to avoid the rain.
• The beautiful Queen Victoria Building (QVB) built in 1898. The building is definitely worth a
look even if you don’t fork over any cash at this one.
• On the lower end of the scale you have Paddy’s Markets in Haymarket. If you are heading
over for Yum Cha as we suggested then you might as well pop in!

Kristy Alexander is a freelance travel writer for HotelClub and mum of three who loves to
holiday in the off-season. When she’s on vacation with the family in Sydney they stay at the
Medina Executive Sydney Central for its ideal location.

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One Response to “The top 5 things to do on a rainy day in Sydney”

  1. Super Affiliate Edge Review October 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    You done an outstanding job. I really like rainfall and in Sydney it is fantastic. Your details is very useful for me.

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