Sydney Australia is a dynamic city with an endless array of things to see and do. The problem is many of the city attractions are best seen and experienced in good weather. So what should you do in Sydney when the weather is bad? We highlight 7 things to do in Sydney when its raining.
There is nothing quite like a 3D movie on the world’s largest screen to make you forget about the bad weather outside. The IMAX Sydney theater utilizes IMAX film which is clearer, larger, and higher resolution than traditional 35mm film. The Sydney IMAX theater in Darling Harbour has a variety of films playing in 2D and 3D to give viewers of all ages something to watch.
For additional movie options, we have also included a list of other movie theaters within Sydney that play a wide variety of independent and mainstream films.
- Event Cinemas – Offers a variety of mainstream and independent movies as well as opera, music, and ballet.
- Hoyts Broadway – Large chain theater located in the Broadway Shopping Centre.
- Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays – Art house and mainstream films located on East Circular Quay.
Indoor Skydiving Sydney
If your interested in something more adventurous, Ifly Indoor Skydiving provides a unique indoor skydiving experience. No jumping or parachute required. Indoor skydiving is experienced inside a giant glass tube with a wind generator that lifts flyers on a cushion of air. No experience is required and indoor skydiving is safe for all ages.
Some of the top Broadway and West End productions are hosted in Sydney. The top three venues in Sydney include Theatre Royal, Capitol Theatre, and the State Theatre. In addition to the dedicated theater venues, the Sydney Opera House hosts over 40 shows a week ranging from opera to comedy and everything in between. The Sydney Opera house also has multiple bars and restaurants and various daily tours, making it an easy full day option when the weather doesn’t cooperate. For a list of current shows playing in Sydney, Broadway World is a great resource.
Visit The Oldest Pubs In Sydney
Sydney Pub Tours takes you on a trip through some of the oldest and most well known pubs in Sydney. Each tour is led by a professional guide that takes you through 5 Sydney pubs with historical significance. The tour includes complimentary drinks at each pub as well as dinner at the 2nd pub on the tour. The pub tours run every Monday to Friday night at 6pm. Tours run in all weather conditions (no rain inside the pubs).
The pub tours start in the evening at the Mercantile Hotel. The Mercantile Hotel is right next to the Park Hyatt Sydney.
Best Places To Shop In Sydney
No matter where you are staying in Sydney, there are plenty of great shopping options in close proximity. If you spend a day shopping while the weather is bad, that will leave more time to explore Sydney when the weather improves. We have highlighted the most popular shopping options below:
- Westfield Sydney – Seven levels of shopping and dining. Centrally located on the corner of Pitt St. and Market St. in downtown Sydney. Hours are from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.
- Queen Victoria Building – The QVB was built in 1898 as a monument to Australia’s monarch. The building is renowned for its distinctive architecture and large center glass dome. Today the QVB is home to a large number of retailers and cafes. The QVB is centrally located on George Street with hours from 9 am to 6 pm.
- Strand Arcade – The Strand was built in the Victorian era as a shopping arcade with over 125 years of history. The Strand houses a variety of retailers and cafes centrally located on George street with hours from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
- The Galeries – Modern shopping mall on George street with four levels of fashion, art, music, and dining. The mall is open from 10 am to 6 pm.
- World Square Shopping Centre – The World Square has three levels and over 90 retailers and restaurants. It’s located on the corner of George, Pitt, Liverpool, and Goulburn streets. World Square hours are from 10 am to 7 pm.
Visit A Museum in Sydney
Sydney has a variety of very popular museums that are easily accessible in Sydney. We have highlighted a few of our favorites below:
- Australian Museum – Australia’s first museum with a variety of exhibits on the country’s natural history, animals, minerals, and gems. The Australian museum is located on the corner of William and College streets and is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
- Museum of Contemporary Art – The museum features artwork from over 130 Australian artists, reflecting contemporary art from the last 20 years. It is Located in Circular Quay on George street and is open from 10 am to 5 pm.
- Hyde Park Barracks Museum – Sydney was built on the labor of convicts. The Hyde Park Barracks was originally where these convicts were housed. The museum is located in Queens Square on Macquarie street and is open from 10 am to 5 pm.
- Museum of Sydney – Located at the first government house of Australia. The museum represents the stories of Sydney’s people, places, and culture. It is located on the corner of Bridge and Phillip streets and is open from 10 am to 5 pm.
- Justice & Police Museum – A museum dedicated to the most notorious residents of Sydney. Located on the corner of Albert and Phillip streets and is open from 10 am to 5 pm.
There is also a Sydney Museums Pass available online which can save up to 50% on admissions fees. The pass is valid for three months and allows one entry to each of the following museums: Museum of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Justice & Police Museum, and Susannah Place Museum.
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
The Sea Life Sydney Aquarium has more than 12,000 marine animals including penguins, sharks, dugongs, turtles, stingrays, penguins, and fish. If your unfamiliar with a dugong, it is a medium sized mammal closely related to elephants but live underwater. The Sydney aquarium has 2 of the only 6 on display anywhere in the world. Other attractions at the Sydney Aquarium include the shark reef snorkel and a glass bottom boat tour.
The Sydney Aquarium is located on Darling Harbour. The aquarium is open from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm year-round. Tickets are available at the door or you can purchase tickets online for up to 30% savings from the walk up price.