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Top 10 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane is a beautiful city by day and night but somehow when the rain rolls around all of our plans seem to wash away. It is a city of culture, coffee, colour and contrasts, so just because it rains, it doesn’t mean all of the fun has to go out the window.

Forget about letting the next rain day ruin your plans in Brisbane, change your plans to an equally enjoyable and dry activity – there are more things to do than you might think!

In this article, we break down the top 10 things to do in Brisbane when the weather has turned sour and begun to rain. We attempt to cover attractions and sights catering for a broad range of tastes, however, regardless of your interests, all of these items are worth a visit during your time in Queensland’s capital.

10. Visit a Hidden Bar

Location: Multiple locations

There’s no better way to enjoy the rain than by setting yourself up in a booth at a bar, even better if it’s one of Brisbane’s many hidden dive bars. Brisbane’s bar scene is filled with many hidden gems so make it your job to try and find them all. Set yourself up in one of the mood-lit bars across town to enjoy the sound of rain in conjunction with a delicious drink.

There is a range of cool dive bars throughout the city such as The Elephant Room in Toowong and Brooklyn Standard are both in the CBD and Kelvin Grove’s The Menagerie to name a few. So grab your umbrella and hop over to some of Brisbane’s most hip, low-key bars.

9. Make feline friends at Lucky Cat Cafe or Cat Cuddle Cafe

Location: Multiple locations

Enjoy a nice warm coffee and make friends with some of the curious felines calling these popular cafes home. Supporting rescue cats and kittens, this is the perfect way to get your daily dose of animal love if you don’t have one of your own.

The cafe and cuddle area are usually separated for hygiene reasons but this is the best way to cuddle those cute little animals and catch up with friends over a cuppa – the best of both worlds.

The Cat Cuddle Café was the first cat café on the Brisbane feline scene. Nestled in Red Hill, you can get up close to some of their friendly felines and if you become too attached, adopt one of them on the spot.

The Lucky Cat Café houses a range of resident cats that you can play with, they also have pop-up adoption days throughout the year to help give some kittens living in Brisbane shelters a new home.

8. Read and Relax at a Cafe/Bookshop

A bookshop, Paris

Location: Multiple locations

Visit one of Brisbane’s many café–bookshop hybrid stores. Nestle up with a cosy cup of coffee and a novel and watch the hours pass by. Everyone seems to love book shops and coffee so whoever came up with this genius idea is one smart cookie. They have been a hit in Brisbane for many years with stores popping up around the region. It is also a great way to support the little man as most of these bookshops are independently owned.

They have been a hit in Brisbane for many years with stores popping up around the region. It is also a great way to support the little man as most of these bookshops are independently owned.

There are many of these popular hybrids spread throughout the City, including the Clarence Corner Bookshop and Café at Woolloongabba, Riverbend Books in Bulimba and Avid Reader in West End.

7. Visit GOMA


Location: Stanley Place, South Brisbane

The Gallery of Modern Art is a popular choice for Brisbane-ites avoiding the rain. Wander around the permanent exhibitions on display to get a taste of the Brisbane art and culture scene.

The gallery also hosts various travelling exhibitions throughout the year that is both entertaining and challenging. Previous travelling exhibits have included Future Beauty showcasing 30 years of Japanese fashion and Terrain displaying Indigenous Australian objects and representations.

The galleries are open daily from 10 am until 5 pm with a mixed bag of paid and free exhibits. Check their website for current exhibits on display and admission prices.

6. Go Bowling

Location: 171/209 Queen Street, Brisbane CBD

Lace up your bowling shoes and get ready for a day of friendly competition with friends. Strike Bowling in the Brisbane CBD is the perfect destination to escape from the gloomy day outside. You will soon forget about the drizzle as the competition heats up – be warned, we take no responsibilities if any friendships are ruined in the alley.

Located in the Wintergarden precinct just off Queen Street Mall, Strike is one of the premier places for fun and entertainment in the city. In addition to the 12 bowling lanes, Strike also has an awesome laser tag arena, pool tables, some private karaoke rooms and three different Escapism puzzle rooms.

You could spend the whole day running around Strike trying all of their exciting and challenging games.

5. Tour the XXXX Brewery

Location: Black Street & Paten Street, Milton

Take a guided tour through the brewery of one of Australia’s most loved beer, XXXX. Here you will get a behind-the-scenes look into the workings of the brewery, catching a glimpse of where all the magic happens.

XXXX is one of Queensland’s oldest beer brands and has been in operation for over 130 years. Along the tour, you will learn about all of the ingredients that fold together to make to make this refreshing drink as well as the amount of work that goes into making every batch of beer.

A visit to a brewery isn’t complete without tasting the product. You will get to taste some of the XXXX and hopefully appreciate it a little more now that you know how it gets to be bottled and in your hand.

The Packing Hall in the brewery has the largest single packing line in the southern hemisphere and is a great sight to see. Beer aficionados will enjoy this tour, as they’ll be up close to all of the action, learning first hand about the intricate process.

4. Go to a Boutique Cinema


Location: Multiple locations

Brisbane has cinemas strewn all over the city, most of which provide cinema-buffs with more than just your average movie experience. Head to one of the boutique cinemas around Brisbane where you can indulge in some delicious food, recline in a comfortable seat and sip on a glass of champagne.

Blue Room Cinebar in Milton plays all of the recent films you’ll find at the larger chains but has a more private, intimate feel. The Cinebar has a full menu serving a range of dishes from sweet potato fries and edamame to pulled pork pizzas and beef nachos – the choice is yours.

But let’s not forget about the dessert, choose from their classic choc tops, chocolate and peanut butter ganache baked cheesecake and rocky road from Chockyload – yum! The bar is also stocked with a large selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including whites, reds, craft beer, cider and cocktails.

Likewise, Palace Cinemas at The Barracks is a smaller chain of theatres, with six theatres accommodating over 1000 people in luxuriously comfortable seats. Also showing a large selection of films including international and contemporary films, the cinema is located in the popular dining precinct of The Barracks.

You can indulge at one of the various cafes or restaurants before you make your way over to the cinema, buy a box of sweet and salty popcorn and enjoy a relaxing film.

There is a range of cinemas in the Brisbane area stretching over a handful of the outer suburbs as well as the city. So forget about the dreary rain and nab yourself a ticket to one of these boutique cinemas.

3. Jump Around at Sky Zone or Bounce Inc.


Location: Multiple locations

Great for the whole family, trampoline parks are one of the best ways to escape the rain and still sneak some exercise into your day. Spend your day bouncing around the wall-to-wall trampolines, practising your Michael Jordan-style slam-dunks or even having a game of dodge ball. Suitable for all ages these parks have taken Brisbane by storm.

Brisbane has two different trampoline parks on the outskirts of the city. The first, Bounce Inc. is located in Tingalpa (approximately 20 minutes from the CBD) and is massive! With more than 50 connected trampolines, giant air bags to crash into, slam-dunk areas, exercise classes and the ability to run up walls, Bounce is a giant bag of fun.

Similarly, Sky Zone has interconnecting trampolines forming a single massive trampoline allowing you to bounce off the walls. Sky Zone also has trampoline based exercise classes and a 3-storey laser tag arena that can hold up to 40 players at once.

So if the rain outside has got you down, bring yourself up and bounce over to one of the exciting trampoline parks.

2. Race at Go-Karting Brisbane

Brisbane go karting

Location: 870 Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm

Head over to Go Karting Brisbane, the city’s ultimate indoor go karting experience. Control your kart around the winding roads and tight corners of this European style tracks. With 400 metres of track, drivers will cross the 24 metre cross over the bridge, drive under the tunnel, sweepers and esses. Like no other in the Australia, this is one of the best ways to challenge your friends and pass the day safe from the rain.

After you’ve mastered the all of the turns and tunnels you’ll feel like a pro driver. But don’t be disheartened if it takes you a while to master. It takes a high level of skill to master smooth steering, throttle and brake control the first time around, so take your time, master the control and then dominate the track.

The track can cater for up to 16 karts on the track at any one time with drivers steering the latest European state of the art karts. These karts have been designed for 24-hour endurance racing and are powered by 9hp four stroke engines. Each is fitted with an individual timer, suiting those with a strong competitive streak quite nicely.

1. Paint & Sip

Image: Cork & Chroma
Image: Cork & Chroma

Location: Multiple locations

Visit one of Brisbane’s paint and sip studios – you will son forget about the rain as the wine starts flowing. Get your creativity on and paint your interpretation of the chosen artwork. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any art experience that is the whole fun of this activity.

Grab a few friends, sign up for a class, grab a bottle of your favourite wine and let the creativity come to you. By the end of the day, you will have created a masterpiece with the help of the friendly art teachers guiding you through the creation process.

There are now two paint and sip studios in Brisbane, Cork and Chroma in Brisbane’s West End and Brush and Barrel in Paddington. Be sure to book as classes fill up pretty quickly.

In addition, if you’re looking for all the top things to see and do in and around Brisbane including activities, attractions and more, be sure to check out our main region page to browse and book online!

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Experience Oz Staff

This article was produced in a combined effort by Experience Oz staff members. Experience Oz is the home of things to do in Australia and New Zealand, with over 3,000 awesome experiences across Oz + NZ!

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