The Gold Coast is lucky to have 300 days of sunshine and a warm tropical climate all year round but occasionally it does rain. Don’t despair; there are still plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied while you are on holidays.
In this article, we have compiled a list of the top 10 things to do when the Gold Coast is not so golden and the rain sets in. These activities and experiences cater to a wide range of age groups from families to couples and those who are interested in sightseeing or more adventurous activities.
10. Indoor Go Karting
Location: 88 Siganto Drive, Helensvale
Game Over is the largest indoor entertainment centre on the Gold Coast with an indoor karting track for juniors and adults. The speed of the electric karts can be programmed to accommodate different abilities from beginner to the more advanced and the interchangeable track means that the racecourse can be changed so that it is always new and exciting.
If you don’t feel the need for speed then perhaps the indoor rock climbing, laser tag or virtual reality experiences will be more to your taste. The centre also offers a zip coaster that lets you have a birds eye view of the karting track and racers beneath you.
Activities can be booked individually or combined into a combo pack. This is ideal activity in wet weather or to escape the heat.
9. Holoverse Holographic Experience
Location: 59 Nerang St, Southport
Holoverse is the world’s first hologram centre to open to visitors and the newest attraction to open on the Gold Coast. Using hologram technology players can interact with artificial worlds to solve a problem, play a game or immerse yourself in a virtual world.
Each player is given their own room to move around freely and interact with the game to accrue points. The experience is like being inside a video game and is suitable for all ages from 6 years and above. There are two games or you can check out their themed sessions such as ‘Fly over the Gold Coast’ and ‘Holographic Planetarium’.
8. Escape Hunt
Location: 162 Scarborough St, Southport
Try your hand at being Sherlock Holmes for the day solving murder mysteries and kidnappings at the Escape Hunt Experience. You are given 1 hour to try to save the life of an heiress, solve a murder or decipher cryptic codes and messages relating to a crime.
There are three different adventures to choose which all range in various difficulty. Choose from one experience or all three as you and your friends or family are locked in a room to solve the crime. Clues are provided to help you solve the crime in the time period provided.
This is a fun activity to get your brain going and requires teamwork and thinking outside the box. Escape Hunt is open 7 days a week from 10am-10pm.
7. River Cruises
Location: 58 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
A little known fact about the Gold Coast is that there are actually more canals here than in Venice, Italy. The best way to see some of these canals and the beautiful homes that line the river is by taking a cruise.
Morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea cruises are available from Surfers Paradise seven days a week. On each cruise you can gawk at the lovely homes along the water with a beautiful Gold Coast skyline. Interesting commentary is provided which both locals and visitors will enjoy.
Tea and coffee is served on board or you can purchase alcoholic beverages from the bar. The comfortable interior cabin with huge windows allow you to enjoy the view on this leisurely cruise even when the weather is not the best.
6. Surfers Paradise Attractions
There are several indoor attractions available in the heart of the Gold Coast at Surfers Paradise if you do encounter a rainy day. The Surfers Paradise Attraction Pass combines entry to four attractions including: Infinity, Draculas Haunted House, 7D Cinemas and Ripleys Believe It or Not. Each attraction can be purchased separately but the combo pass allows you combine and save.
Infinity is a futuristic indoor maze that takes you through 20 different rooms where you will need to find your way out into the next section of the maze. Walk through rooms in complete darkness, a room of mirrors, a disco and various other visual illusions and special effects.
Draculas Haunted House is a walk through attractions that is sure to get your heart racing as you come across a variety of spooky characters over multiple levels. The haunted house is not for the faint hearted and you should expect to come across zombies, ghosts, giant spiders, creepy clowns and more. This attraction is not recommended for children below 10 years of age.
The 7D Cinema will engage all your senses in a unique cinematic experience. There are several films to choose from than will immerse you into a different world on thrilling roller coaster rides, haunted houses, outer space, underwater or in foreign locations.
Ripleys Believe It Or Not is one of the most unique attractions that you will come across. It is fun and entertaining and educational as you take a self guided tour through 15 exhibits showcasing oddities, illusions, games, movies, magic and more.
All four attractions are within walking distance to each other and can be done in the one day or over several days- the choice is entirely yours.
Other indoor attractions that you may also wish to visit while in Surfers Paradise is The Wax Museum, the Skypoint Observation Deck or Timezone and Strike Bowling.
5. Water Activities
The star attraction of the Gold Coast are the stunning beaches and waterways that offer endless opportunities for a variety of water activities including surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, swimming and more.
The rain shouldn’t deter you from taking a surf lesson or going for a quick paddle in the water as you will be getting wet anyway. If rain is torrential then obviously you will be unable to do these activities but if light showers are predicted than it is likely that these activities will still be available.
Why not take a surf lesson in Surfers Paradise- a city that has fostered many famous professional surfers. Dolphins and turtles are also frequently seen around the Gold Coast waterways. Spot them from a kayak, jet ski or stand up paddle board.
4. iFLY Indoor Skydiving
Location: 3084 Surfers Paradise Boulevard
If you have ever contemplated taking the plunge out of an airplane at 14,000ft then why not get your training wheels at iFLY. This indoor skydiving experience simulates what it feels like to take a skydive in a safe, controlled environment. Indoor skydiving is very fun and it will allow you to feel weightlessness and perform aerial twists and turns under the watchful eye of your instructor.
The indoor skydiving experience places you in an indoor environment as powerful fans below propel you into the air so that you can float. This activity is fun and suitable for the young and the old. There are several packages available that can give you an introduction to indoor skydiving as well as teaching you more challenging aerobatic movements. Children as young as 3 years old can participate but must be accompanied by an adult. The experience takes approximately 1.5 hours.
3. Jet Boating Tours
Location: 60 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Jet boating is an all weather activity that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. This fun activity is a great for children and adults on a high speed jet boat speeding through the Broadwater and Wavebreak Island.
The 1 hour jet boat rides takes you on 360 degree spins and drifts in beautiful surroundings. It will be hard to wipe the smile off your face when the speed kicks in. This is one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast and there is a reason why it is so popular. Jet boat rides run every day in rain or shine but if you aren’t too fussed about getting wet then full length ponchos are available.
2. Tamborine Winery Tour
Location: Mt Tamborine
The Gold Coast hinterland is home to award winning wineries just one hour from the centre of the city. A day tour to Mt Tamborine provides you with the chance to sample the goods without having to worry about driving.
All inclusive tours provide a pick up service from Gold Coast accommodation to the wine region of Mount Tamborine. The vino bus will take you to five award winning wineries and distilleries in the area including: Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Witches Falls Winery, Mason Wines, Cedar Creek Winery and Heritage Estate Winery.
The full day winery tour also include a 2-course lunch. Top the day off with an afternoon sampling Witches Chase Factory cheese tasting (on request). Enjoy the spectacular views of the rainforest and the scenic drive around the hinterland as you make the back to your Gold Coast accommodation.
1. Theme parks
Gold Coast theme parks are by far the most popular attraction that is sought after by local and international visitors. The best thing about the parks is that you can enjoy them in rain or shine. The theme parks have invested a lot of time and money in ensuring that guests can still enjoy the day even when the sun is not shining.
Wet N Wild and White Water World are water parks that are open year round due to our warm tropical climate. The pools and slides are heated in winter for comfort but daytime temperatures are rarely ever below 20 degrees on the Gold Coast. If you are planning to visit a water park then you are going to get wet so don’t let the rain bother you.
Sea World is another great park that is suitable for all ages and weather conditions. There are many animal attractions, aquariums, shows and experiences- most of which are undercover- but bring an umbrella when you are walking around the park.
Movie World and Dreamworld can also be visited in wet weather as they both have large undercover areas to allow visitors to walk around sections of the park without getting wet. The rides at each attraction still operate unless there is heavy rain and there are shows and educational talks to keep you busy and out of the rain throughout the day.
The theme parks now offer multi-park passes that allow you entry into several parks for a week or longer. This is often at the same cost as purchasing a 1 day admission ticket giving locals and visitors a significant saving.
For more ideas on all things that you can see and do on the Gold Coast be sure to head to our main experiences section to browse and book online!