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21 things to do on a rainy day in Brisbane

Updated: 2 December 2021

Whether you are looking for something fun to do with the family, a dry and high place for brews with pals or have friends and family visiting from afar, we've put together a guide to keep you busy in wet weather.

Instead of watching the pitter-patter on the window, enjoy this list of fun activities in Brisbane that will entertain both young and old (while staying dry).

Fun with kids

1. Ditch the gumboots and rain coats for interactive exhibitions at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre.
2. Keep them curious with art at QAGOMA or the Museum of Brisbane.
3. Little ones will stay engaged with free activities, books and games on offer in The Corner at the State Library of Queensland.
4. For a fun, hands-on, play-based learning day visit the Abbey Museum.
5. Explore the world of trains and locomotion at the Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum.

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Undercover bars

6. Leave the world behind and descend the steps into the new Boom Boom Room Izakaya for authentic sashimi and delectable yakitori dishes. 
7. Check out the scene at CBD bars Brooklyn Standard and Miss Kay's with a brew or two. Better yet, check out our list of cosy bars or the best bars in Brisbane.
8. Sample boutique local beers at Newstead Brewing Co's two locations in Newstead and Milton
9. Unwind on a leather couch with a coffee and smashed avo at Gramps Café in Redhill. 
10. Head to Cork & Chroma and learn how to paint at Brisbane’s first and only paint and sip studio – all you need to do is bring the wine.  

Cultural Precinct

 
11. Get cultured at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art where you can experience exclusive exhibitions.
12. Catch a world-class show at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Want to know what's on? Try these must-see performances.
13. Complete your day by matching your cultural experience with a dining experience at the hatted GOMA RestaurantThe Charming Squire, or The Manhattan Line.

Active indoors

14. Get drenched (in perspiration) as you keep living that active Brisbane lifestyle indoors. We've rounded up yoga studios here.
15. Challenge yourself with a rock climb at Crank Indoor Climbing, or try the classes in parkour or obstacle training.
16. For the kids, little and big, introduce some friendly competition at Strike Bowling at the Wintergarden, test your ice skating moves at Iceworld or jump around at Bounce.

Take a rain check 

shopping in brisbane

17. Now is the perfect time to treat yourself. Take cover while discovering more than 1000 stores tucked away in the world-class centres and historic arcades along Queen Street Mall.
18. For something even more relaxed, check out changing exhibitions at the Museum of Brisbane.
19. Catch-up on the Oscar-nominated films at the restored New Farm Six Cinemas.
20. Take the whole day and pamper yourself at one of these nine luxe day spas.
21. Scrub up on your skills with a specialised cooking class at Vanilla Zuzu or Salt Meat Cheese.

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