What to do on a rainy day at South Bank

After a few days of rain, sometimes you have to pull on your gumboots, brave the weather and get some fresh air. Here’s a few ideas to keep your mind or belly - happy on a rainy day at South Bank.

San Churro Ruby Chocolate Churros

Indulge in Ruby Chocolate at San Churro

If a rainy day isn’t the perfect excuse to eat chocolate and drink tea and coffee, we don’t know what is! Take your rainy day indulgence to new levels by trying the new Ruby chocolate variety at San Churro. Choose from Ruby Rocky Road, blocks or truffles, or as a melted dip for your favourite churro combination.

See a movie at South Bank Cineplex

Movies are also the perfect rainy day activity. South Bank Cineplex has some of the most affordable tickets in Brisbane, and it’s a handy 2-minute walk from the Parklands. Check out a new cinematic blockbuster for a few hours, and hope the clouds have cleared by the time you emerge.

Ride the Wheel of Brisbane

Just because it’s rainy, doesn’t mean the views are terrible. Step inside one of the Wheel of Brisbane’s cool, dry cabins and do a vertical circuit to see the Brisbane CBD and South Bank reaches from a new perspective. 

Munich Brauhaus South Bank

Pretzels and Pilsner at Munich Brauhaus

For some, a fresh baked pretzel and a refreshing beverage is the perfect antidote to a wet weekend. Munich Brauhaus, one of South Bank’s newest bars, has both – as well as an impressively sized pork knuckle, delicious mac-n-cheese balls, charcuterie boards and espresso martinis on tap. Plenty of options to brighten a dreary day.

Visit the Cultural Precinct – QAGOMA and Queensland Museum

The Queensland Museum and Queensland Art Galleries are actually really busy on rainy days – it seems like everyone has the same idea! Great for kids and adults alike, both venues offer constantly changing exhibits that are both educational and beautiful. The Children’s Art Centre at GOMA and the Spark Lab at the Museum are totally hands-on experiences for kids, and a great way to run off cabin-fever after a few days cooped up at home in the rain. GOMA also has it’s own cinema with regular screenings on weekends.

Ride the CityCat

If you’re already going to get wet, truly embrace the water with a casual cruise on the CityCat. Jump aboard at South Bank and ride upstream or downstream on a sightseeing tour of the Brisbane river banks. Pay attention to the staff for gocard instructions when you reach the furthest terminals at either end, or ask about a round trip ticket when you board.

Bacchus High Tea

High Tea at Bacchus

Transport yourself to a quintessential British afternoon tea, by booking a High Tea at Bacchus, Rydges Hotel’s award winning restaurant. Their signature high tea is straight out of a London travel guide, with ribbon sandwiches, petite quiches, decadent petit fours and fluffy scones, all served with a selection of Harney and Sons fine leaf teas. Champagne is also on the menu if you choose! Stiff upper lip, it rains in London most days, doesn’t it?

Cosy up at The State Library

Rainy weather equals book reading weather. Curl up in the armchairs at the State Library of Queensland with a vintage reference book, explore the Children’s Collection on the ground floor or head up to the archival collections to do some family tree research. The State Library of Queensland also houses thousands of images, videos and artefacts from Queensland’s history, some of which are on display in a gallery space on level 2. Entry is free.

Explore the Tony Gould Gallery at QPAC 

One of Brisbane’s hidden treasures is the Tony Gould Gallery, inside the Cremorne Theatre foyer. Exhibitions in this gallery focus on the performing arts, and are often curated to match the current major touring shows coming to QPAC. Entry is free, and the gallery is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturdays, sometimes with extended hours during a performance season. Check the QPAC website for details of the current exhibit. Don’t forget to check out the QPAC pedestrian tunnel while you’re there, which also has temporary exhibitions installed to complement its theatrical and musical programs.

Go nautical at Queensland Maritime Museum

At the Kangaroo Point end of South Bank, lies the Queensland Maritime Museum. Home to many watercraft with interesting histories, the Museum also has an indoor gallery containing artefacts from Queensland’s naval past and famous privately owned vessels. Kids will love exploring the WWII frigate the HMAS Diamantina, and seeing the Forceful tugboat and Jessica Watson’s yacht, Ella’s Pink Lady up close, which made history on Jessica’s solo, unassisted round the world journey in 2009-10.

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