Brisbane is a very outdoors activity-oriented city with plenty of beaches, national parks and picnic spots. However, when the rain hits Brisbane, it usually hits hard and fast, which makes any of these activities not as enjoyable. Unless you like picnics in a tropical storm of course. So, what is there to do when it is raining? This list will give you some inspiration to turn the Netflix off and get out and enjoy yourself on a rainy day in Brisbane.
I have put a lot of work and research into this list for you. You won’t find any lame board game or movies suggestions on this list! These are all fun, exciting ways to spend your rainy days in Brisbane. The list is geared towards both kids and adults alike with suggestions for both.
Indoor skydiving has come to Brisbane finally with iFly Chermside now open after being at the Gold Coast only for a number of years. A great rainy-day activity, iFly is perfect for the whole family.
I did indoor skydiving at iFly a few years ago and loved the experience. It isn’t the same as jumping out of a plane, the feeling is much different, like floating on a cushion of air.
Just about everyone can participate with children over 3 able to be sent in the wind tunnel. Even people as old as 100 have flown at iFly!
There is a cafe and viewing area inside so anyone can come down and enjoy the fun at this truly unique experience.
iFly Chermside Location – Westfield Chermside
Brisbane Powerhouse at New Farm dishes up the best comedy in Brisbane, hosting upcoming comedians from the local area as well as Australia wide. There is a free comedy show that runs each Sunday afternoon too.
As well as comedy, the Powerhouse is well versed in music, theatre and film festivals, just to name a few. I’ve been to several shows at the Powerhouse and all have delivered exceptionally.
With a full bar and restaurant, the Brisbane Powerhouse is a great spot to enjoy a show on a rainy day. I even go down for just a drink sometimes and soak in the atmosphere.
Brisbane Powerhouse Location – 119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005
Drinking and mini golf. What a combo. Holey Moley is perfect for a rainy day with its unique take on mini golf. Explore the maze of holes with your friends and family while enjoying one of their famous cocktails. The place is a pop culture lover dream with references wall to wall. After golf embarrass yourself with some karaoke.
Holey Moley has two locations in Brisbane, one at Wintergarden in the CBD and one in Fortitude Valley. There are also locations on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
Make sure you book online as it can get busy, especially on those rainy days.
Wintergarden Location – Level 1, Wintergarden Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Fortitude Valley Location – 25 Warner St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Brisbane’s newest attraction, Archie Brothers has brought a huge variety of good times to Toombul. Great fun for everyone on a rainy day. The list of activities at Archie Brothers will keep you entertained for hours.
There’s plenty of arcade games including DDR, Mario Kart and NBA Hoops. Have a few drinks and a bowl in the alluring bowling alleys. Thrillrider is a unique all-encompassing gaming experience which is tons of fun. Push your mates around in the dodgem cars. There is even Virtual Reality to experience a thrill like no other.
With cocktails and milkshakes that are to die for, you should get down to Archie Brothers at Toombul for your next rainy days indoor activity.
Archie Brothers Location – 1015 Sandgate Rd, Nundah QLD 4012
Strike Bowling is Brisbane’s most exciting and unique bowling experience. There is 12 lanes of bowling under neon lights which provides a great atmosphere. But there is not just bowling at Strike, there is plenty more to see and do on those rainy days.
Get your brain working in the escape rooms. There are tunes for everyone with the karaoke being blasted anytime you feel like getting your Taylor Swift on. Maybe a good work out playing laser tag is more your style.
Strike Bowling and Bar is a great activity for both families and friends. It’s a great rainy-day activity in Brisbane.
Strike Bowling Location – Level 1 Queen Street Mall Wintergarden, QLD 4000
This is the perfect spot for art lovers on a rainy day in Brisbane. Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is part of the cultural centre and hosts an array of exhibitions that will suit anyone.
Located on the north point of South Bank across from Brisbane River, GOMA is a great way to spend a few hours exploring the exhibitions and creativity of the gallery. The Gallery of Modern art is free so you can be sure you aren’t breaking the bank.
Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art Location – Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101
7. Urban Climb
How adventurous are you feeling? If you want a vigorous workout while having a great time, rock climbing at Urban Climb is the place to go. There are 3 Brisbane locations so there is sure to be not too far from you.
Safety is Urban Climb’s top priority so you can head there knowing you will be looked after. Rock climbing is a seriously fun activity that will leave you sore (in the good way) from the work-out it gives you. Having fun exercising is always a win in my eyes.
Newstead Location – 5 Morse St, Newstead QLD 4006
West End Location – 2/220 Montague Rd, West End QLD 4101
Milton Location – 17 Roy St, Milton QLD 4064
The Queensland Museum has a rich and colourful history and features world class exhibits and attractions.
The museum is home to plenty of different objects, artefacts and pieces of history on the state of Queensland, including war memorabilia, archaeology, indigenous cultures and geoscience specimens. So, you will be lost for hours discovering everything the museum has to offer.
You can get general admission to the Queensland Museum for free, with some special events and exhibits costing a fee. This is a great option for a rainy day to immerse yourself in the exhibits.
Queensland Museum and Science Centre Location – Grey Street &, Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
9. Cat Cafe
How about a cuddle with a cute rescued kitten over a coffee? I was sold at kitten. There are various cat cafes across Brisbane which a perfect way to enjoy a rainy day with a nice hot coffee.
There is one on each the northside and southside so whichever side of town you are on there is one nearby. This is one of my favourite activities for a rainy day in Brisbane.
The Brisbane Planetarium is loads of fun exploring and learning about everything space related. There is plenty of different shows, an observatory and sundial courtyard.
Located in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens on Mt Coot-tha, the planetarium is a great activity for both adults and kids alike. There is always a new show on so you will find something different on each visit.
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Location – Mount Coot Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066
Don’t bring the kids to this one. But for the adults, what’s better than sampling some of Queensland’s oldest and most loved beers? This indoor tour is perfect for those rainy Brisbane days.
Take the tour of the XXXX Brewery in Milton and experience the history and learn everything there is to know about this iconic Queensland beer. Learn how to pour the most perfect beer you’ve ever seen and check out the production line that produces hundreds of cans and bottles per minute.
XXXX Brewery Tour Location – Cnr Black &, Paten St, Milton QLD 4064
12. Escape Room
Escape rooms are a great way to get the mind working and are all about working together as a team to solve the puzzles. There are several across Brisbane and they all offer something different so be sure to try a few different ones out.
Some of my favourite escape rooms in the city are Escape Manor, Escape Hunt and Quest Room. They all offer rooms of different difficulties so you can choose an easy one for the family or for the groups wanting to show off their skills try a hard one. I’m sure you will get more stuck than you think!
13. Pub Crawl in West End
West End is the perfect spot for a pub crawl on a rainy day. Boundary Street is lined with breweries and pubs serving great food and craft beers. Nothing better than watching the rain from inside a warm spot with a nice cold beer. Work your way up and try the different brews the area has to offer.
Some of my favourite spots to check out are (all on Boundary Street):
- The Catchment Brewing
- The Bearded Lady
- Brisbane Brewing Co
- Archive Beer Boutique
- The Boundary Hotel
The story behind Brisbane Opal Museum is as fascinating as the museum itself. The owner, after losing many thousands of dollars over the years selling opals on eBay and trying a retail store decided to open the museum as a last-ditch effort on making it work.
Today, the museum is a treasure trove of gorgeous opals, along with a rich education session on how they are formed, mined and the history within Australia. It is really a hidden delight in Brisbane and is a great way to spend a few hours on a rainy day.
Brisbane Opal Museum Location – 201 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor QLD 4030
Located in Brisbane’s City Hall, a heritage listed site, the Museum of Brisbane is a great way to enjoy some art, culture and history of the region.
The museum hosts a variety of different artworks from talented artists from the region and is highly committed to promoting their works. Any day in the museum is different and you may find Traditional Owners telling their tales as well as the guides telling stories about the history of Brisbane.
Even if you have been before it is a great way to spend a rainy day in Brisbane as is worth checking out again and again. The views from the top of the clock tower are superb.
16. Laser Tag
Laser Tag is a great way for kids and adults alike to spend a day in our fine city. I would thoroughly enjoy running around shooting others with lasers and I’m 30 years old!
Laserzone is my choice of best indoor Laser Tag in Brisbane. It is 2 floors of laser action, as well as bumper cars, a Jungle Target Gallery Train ride and a massive Prize and Video Arcade. Definitely check this one out with the kids, or if you are like me just the adults will have a great time too!
Laserzone Location – 561 Gympie Rd, Lawnton QLD 4501
17. Boggo Road Gaol
Experience Australia’s most notorious prison, Boggo Road Gaol. With close to 120 years of operation, thousands of people were locked up within its walls over the years.
What happened within those 120 years is a fantastic story and worth heading to the gaol to check out and get immersed in. Learn about hangings, riots, escapes and the eventual closure of the gaol.
There is several different tours to discover including the Escape Tour, History Tour, Officer Tour, Prisoner Tour and Gallows Exhibition. All are worth the time and is a thoroughly enjoyable day in the rain.
Boggo Road Gaol Location – 21 Boggo Road, (Off Annerley Road) Dutton Park Queensland 4102
How could IKEA be left off a rainy-day list? Take your significant other and get lost in the walls of everyone’s favourite home furnishing store.
IKEA is truly a full day tour if you take in everything it has to offer. Dream of new bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms in IKEA. It is also the place test a relationships worth with the ancient saying that if you can handle a trip to IKEA together, your relationship can survive anything. Are you ready to take it to the next level?
Don’t forget to stop in at the cafeteria for some Swedish Meatballs, which are simply the best meatballs of all time by the way. Also, on the way out a $1 hotdog is the best way to end a trip. My girlfriend goes to IKEA for the furnishings, I go for the food, everyone wins!
IKEA Logan Location – 3539-3565 Pacific Hwy, Slacks Creek QLD 4127
IKEA North Lakes Location – Westfield, N Lakes Dr, North Lakes QLD 4509
The third Sunday of every month the RAAF Aviation Heritage Centre at Amberley opens up to the public. The biggest base of the RAAF, it is home to currently 25 units, and it the perfect spot for heritage and air force enthusiasts.
The base hosts a range of exhibits and display across 3 hangers. Some of the aircraft on display include the World War II Boston Bomber, a Canberra Bomber from the Vietnam War, Sabre and Mirage Fighter Jets, a F-111 and a Macchi. There is also a Sioux helicopter and a pristine World War II Jeep.
The Heritage Centre is a great spot to check out on a rainy day in Brisbane and should be experienced by everyone at least once.
RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre – South Amberley Road, Amberley QLD 4306
Check out the history of steam trains in the Brisbane and Ipswich region at the Workshops Rail Museum. There is over 15 massive exhibits to check out at the museum with plenty of education and fun to be had along the way.
There isn’t just rail exhibits though, there is science and war related ones to enjoy also. If trains and rail history is your thing, this is the place to visit for you.
The Workshops Rail Museum Location – North St, North Ipswich QLD 4305
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