5 Rainy Day Activities in and Around Sydney

There’s no doubt that Sydney is a city built for the outdoors. Miles of gorgeous, sweeping beaches, hidden coves, a massive harbour ripe for sailing… The list goes on. On a sunny day you really can’t beat it.

But what about when the weather doesn’t play ball? I’ve found myself sitting inside on a windy and cold Christmas Day after planning for a barbecue on the beach. Weather is unpredictable so it pays to be prepared!

If you do find yourself confronted with a rainy day in Sydney, here are my suggestions for things to keep you occupied.

1. The Opera House

One of the most iconic sights of Sydney’s skyline also happens to be a great option for a rainy day. Take a tour of the inside of the Opera House and perhaps even catch a show whilst you’re at it.

If you don’t fancy the full tour then get a ‘taste’ for the Opera House with meal at the restaurant, Guillaume at Bennelong, which is housed inside one of south-facing glass shells. Even on a grey day you should get a lovely views across the harbour.

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2. The Cinema

If you’re looking for something a bit alternative or if you’re staying far from the centre of town, then Campbelltown cinemas, about an hour from the CBD is a cool retro cinema in Macarthur Square shopping centre.

As well as the usual blockbusters, you can find one-off showings of art house movies such as ‘The Beatles – Eight Days a Week’, and ‘Miss Saigon’, and longer events like the Disney Princesses Film Festival. They also have VMAX and Gold Class seating if you want to treat yourself.

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3. Get Crafty

If you fancy yourself a bit of a Patrick Swayze (or just wanted to be Demi Moore in THAT scene) then a pottery class at The Pottery Shed might be right up your street. Learn to make clay pottery the traditional wheel-turned way, and then upgrade your skills by learning the art of painting and glazing too.

4. Go Cronut Crazy

I know when the weather is rubbish all I want to do is eat, so indulge in the most appalling way possible with a visit to Brewtown Newtown. Why? One word: Cronuts.

A hybrid of Croissant and Donut, the humble Cronut is everything you think it’s going to be and more. Sweet, flaky and moreish with the ability to make you gain two dress sizes in one sitting. They also serve ‘Cruffins’ (have a guess). Get there early to avoid disappointment and drink ALL of the coffee too.

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5. Cuddle Up

If all else fails, there’s always booze, and Sydney has plenty of places to cuddle up with a glass of mulled wine or a pint of ale next to a roaring fire and forget the outside world. Try The Lord Dudley in Woolhara, the 3 Weeds in Rozelle or The Bucket List in Bondi Pavilion for a fab fireplace and a laid-back, rainy Sunday kind of vibe.

This post forms part of a collaboration with Campbelltown Cinemas.

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Hayley is the author behind A Life of More, a travel and lifestyle blog with the goal of helping you to live a happier and more fulfilled life, whether you're currently travelling or happily settled.

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