Wandering what to do in the rain in Sydney or even just indoors in Sydney when it gets too hot?

Let’s face it, Sydney is a great city when the sun is shining, but what to in Sydney when it rains is another matter. When it rains it completely buckets down, the roads flood within minutes, and as I write this post as it’s pouring outside.

Although Sydney is amazing for its outdoors, it can be difficult come up with some decent ideas to have a great weekend when the weather isn’t performing. Here’s a post that will also help you when looking for things to do in Sydney regardless of the weather.

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1. Learn How To Make Your Own Terrarium In Sydney

Bondi or Redfern

Take the opportunity to learn an amazing new skill when it’s raining in Sydney! Terrarium workshops in Sydney have become hugely popular and you can check out a class in Bondi or Redfern!

You know what’s great about learning how to make a terrarium? You’ll be able to make them as gifts to give to friends & family when you’re stuck for ideas because everyone loves a terrarium.

Also they are the easiest little jungles to look after and require watering like once a week. This means you can say goodbye to killing your future plants in your home! Also, it’s a fun class and it’s based indoors so you can still have a great day in Sydney when it’s raining!

2. Learn To Cook At Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Seafood School class

Get out of your comfort zone and take a cooking class at Sydney Fish Market. This fun three hour class will not only teach you new cooking skills, you’ll get to meet other people and spend an awesome afternoon regardless of the weather outside.

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3. Take A Massage Workshop

When it’s raining in Sydney, take an amazing 4 hour relaxing massage workshop with your loved one in Burwood. This amazing course will teach your partner to become an awesome masseuse – and you’ll become one too!

This is a really popular couples class which is a fantastic way to build on your relationship together and a great activity to do indoors in Sydney.

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4. Explore Sydney Art Galleries

White Rabbit art gallery tea rooms, Chippendale

An obvious one, but I find that visiting Sydney’s galleries like the MCA, Art Gallery of NSW or  the world’s largest Chinese art collection at White Rabbit perfect for a Sydney winter activity. Don’t forget Brett Whitely’s Studio in Surry Hills. He famously married Wendy of Wendy’s Secret Garden and it’s definitely on my list to visit.

I never go to galleries in Summer as I want to be outside, so it’s a good way to see some culture, get those steps up and I find that usually, there’s always a good cafe to have something to eat at afterwards. I hear White Rabbit have a fantastic tearooms and how could I forget to mention the beautiful cafe on the rooftop of the MCA?!

5. Kids Superhero Craft Class

If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Sydney, look no further… this dream kids superhero class is the perfect opportunity to keep them entertained when it’s raining outside!

In this awesome, fun kids class in Sydney, they will be making their own superhero mask, cuffs and a cup to take home. There will also be loads of fun thrown in and cake too!

Read: 30 Unique Things To Do With Kids In Sydney >

6. Have Fun At A Paint & Sip Class


Paint & Sip Classes in Sydney have become wildly popular in the last year or so. Not only is it a fun way to meet new people, it’s an opportunity for you to have fun with your friends painting the same picture whilst you’ve got a vino in the other hand. There’s two places to choose from: either the Ivanhoe Hotel in Manly or Stacks Bar & Restaurant in Darling Harbour.

Ivanhoe Hotel in Manly run a 2 hour class from 7pm-9pm where you’ll learn how to paint a masterpiece from one of the most famous paintings in history.

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If you don’t fancy going all the way over to Manly, Stacks Bar & Restaurant in Darling Harbour also offer up a similar class whereby you’ll get to paint Van Gough’s famous Starry Sky. It runs from 7:30-9:30pm, perfect for something to do during the week in Sydney.

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7. Bring The Hunter Valley To Sydney


Sometimes when it’s non stop raining, the best thing to do is get sloshed.

Urban Winery in Sydney next door to Centennial Park serve yo six glasses of wine in one hour to ‘taste’. That’s right. SIX. If that doesn’t get you away from Netflix, then I don’t know what will!

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8. Learn The Art of Calligraphy

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to write beautiful calligraphy, take part in an introduction to brush lettering in Sydney. This kid friendly workshop will teach you how to write absolutely beautifully so you can take your new skills home to apply on any new projects you have coming up.

 9. Go To An Immersive Cinema Experience

Surry Hills & Cremorne

Another obvious one, but, have you ever been to The Golden Age Cinema in Surry Hills? They even have a bar there as well to have a few sneaky drinks before or after the movie! My local, The Orpheum, Cremorne is an amazing Art Deco cinema.

Pop over the road to Radio Cairo, a North African popular restaurant before or after your movie for some incredible food (make sure you book)!

And if you’re lucky, you should time it to go and see The Room which is a cult movie played once a month on a Friday. It’s the best interactive movie experience out there! Don’t forget Sydney has the world’s largest imax cinema as well in Darling Harbour!

Read more: The best Friday night in Sydney >

10. Make You Own Box Of Chocolates

Love chocolates as much as we do? Stay indoors and learn how to make a beautiful box of truffles with Meltdown Artisan based in Darlinghurst. You’ll learn how to make various truffles and take home the box of chocolates you make!

This fun three hour workshop could just be the trick to spending a great weekend either by yourself, with friends or with family. It’s also a brilliant way to get yourself out there and meet like minded people in Sydney.

11. Make Your Own Teapot Workshop

If you love tea as much as I do, learn how to literally make your very own teapot in Bundeena. If you’re interested in doing this class and it’s not raining, then bring your hiking gear and head over to the Bundeena to Wedding Cake Rock or Little Marly Beach afterwards.

12. Learn To Make Dumplings

Dumplings is everyone’s favourite food in Sydney so why not learn how to make them from scratch by an expert! In this dumpling this class in Sydney, you’ll be taught by an expert in Kings Cross. Opt for the unlimited two hour drinks package to really make an afternoon of it in the rain 😉

13. The Best Sunday Lunch In Sydney

When it’s wet and cold, there’s nothing better than going out for a Sunday roast. I even found one that’s on par with an English one! See here for where it is!

Read more: A proper British Sunday Roast in Sydney >

14. Best High Tea In Sydney

I found the most amazing tea rooms right in the middle of The Rocks that’s on par with the English tearooms back home. Best of all it won’t set you back as the prices are as friendly as the staff.

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15. Boozy Finger Painting Class

If you’re looking for something fun to to do in Sydney, get yourself over to Redfern for a boozy finger painting class with Work-Shop on a Friday night from 6:30-9:00pm.

This hilarious night will have you in stitches whilst you basically have a paint fight with everyone else in the class. Expect to get messy so don’t wear your best clothes. You’ll be taught by a professional artist but it’s a BYO affair so it’s technically a cheap night out in Sydney!

Make sure you click this link because there’s some other awesome workshops here including drumming classes and ukulele classes.

16. Sydney Trapeze School

Have you ever fancied trying a go at trapeze? Get yourself down to Sydney Trapeze School for just $70 a class, this would be a brilliant day out in St Peters.


17. Go Rock Climbing In Sydney

Another adventurous day out indoors would be no other than rock climbing at Sydney’s largest climbing centre in St Leonards called Climb Fit. I’ve been here and for someone scared of heights, I absolutely loved it. You’ll find yourself around loads of like minded people who love the thrill of climbing. For $30, you’ll get entry and a harness to use.

18. Cocktail Making & All You Can Eat Pizza Class

If you’re looking for something fun to do indoors in Sydney, look no further because Salts Meat Cheese offer up a really popular cocktail making class with all you can eat pizza.

Basically you’ll learn how to make your favourite cocktails whilst you spend the day drinking them and eating as much pizza as humanly possible. Sounds like a fab afternoon right?

19. Go For An Indoor Swim

Just because it’s raining, it doesn’t mean your exercise routine needs to be off the agenda. Why not go to one of Sydney’s amazing indoor pools for a swim! Two of the top pools include Cook & Philip right next to St Mary’s Cathedral (next to Hyde Park) and the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre (next to the Power House Museum).


20.  Learn To Make Your Own Pottery In Sydney

If you’ve ever wanted to own the most beautiful crockery in your home, take this pottery making class in Sydney because you’ll be learning from one of the best pottery experts! Located in Marrickville, expect to come home with your home made coffee mug or set of plates.

This class has had rave reviews so make sure you check it out!

21. Mitchell Road Antique Centre


You could spend hours looking at all of the incredible stalls at the Mitchell Road Antique Centre in Alexandria. This is a proper gem which I came across when I drove past it one day. I then spent a good few hours looking at all of the incredible finds!

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