What to do in Sydney when it rains?

What to do in Sydney when it rains?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/28/2019

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You don’t need to skip out on this tourist favourite when the clouds cover the land, for there are endless activities on offer!

Travellers visit Sydney for its sun, sea, and skyscrapers, but sometimes mother nature has other plans. For the unlucky ones who travel when grey clouds cover the sky and rain pours all day, do not despair, as there are still plenty of things to do.

  • Art Gallery of NSW

    Calling all lovers of beauty, for Sydney is home to some of the greatest artwork around, all living within the magnificent Art Gallery of NSW. This five-story art museum is home to both international and local pieces, ranging in medium and styles. Being around since the 1870s, it has built up quite a collection, with ever-changing experiences and exhibitions, only a mere walk from the city centre. Spark your creative side as you check out the range of permeant and new collections and even stay for the incredible events and programs offered every day.

  • Chinatown

    Sydney Chinatown is famous for its mouth-watering food and lively atmosphere. An exciting and rewarding experience to discover the Australian Chinese culture. With delicious restaurants lining the streets, and festivals popping up every month or so, you will surely not be bored in this neighbourhood. Simply bring along an umbrella for went you are strolling the streets, before heading into one of the many warm and lively buildings lining the area.

  • Sea Life

    If you are travelling with the kids, or just are a fan of sea animals, visit the city’s Sea Life. This state-of-the-art aquarium has an array of marine animals on display, with over 700 different marine species and around 13,000 individual fish roaming the waters. Due to the creatures already being submerged in water, rain doesn’t effect this attraction, letting you truly see all of Australia water life in the comfort of the city centre.

  • Sydney Harbour Cruise

    See all of Sydney’s iconic sights without having to get soaked by the rain. The city’s Harbour cruise gives you a relaxing seating option within the boat while its large windows and undercover balconies let you marvel at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you are a bit peckish, you can even enjoy your lunch with the view, tucking into the hot food served at the attached restaurant.

  • See a show at the Sydney Opera House

    Instead of standing out in the rain to marvel at the Sydney Opera House from the outside, venture into this iconic building and see the exquisite interior. With shows and performances ever-changing, simply look up the venue’s calendar and book a ticket for a truly awe-inspiring experience.

  • Jenolan Caves

    Don’t let the wetness defer you from a day trip out of the city, for a visit to the Jenolan caves is usually quite a dry affair. The rain may even be a bonus when visiting, as when immersing yourself in the deep narrow sections, the pitter-pattered of rain will enhance the allure of the caves even more.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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