5+ Things to Do in Sydney When it Rains (Popular Indoor Activities)

While Sydney is usually known for its warm days and gorgeous sun, you may catch the occasional rainy day here and there. If you’ve traveled all the way to Australia for the experience of a lifetime, then you’ll definitely want to have a few indoor options on the back burner in case the sun turns to rain.

If you’re searching for the best indoor activities to make the most of any dreary day, then look no further. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, including…

  • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
  • The Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Madame Tussauds Sydney
  • Australian National Maritime Museum
  • The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience
  • and plenty more

Looking for some fun things to do indoors?

Admission to many of these attractions is included with The Sydney Pass.

Choose as you go from a number of fun attractions and save up to 45% off combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is the perfect place to take the kids if the weather isn’t holding up. They’ll see everything from barracudas, to giant Pacific Octopus, to seahorses.

The aquarium boasts seven differently themed exhibit halls that showcase animals from Australia and beyond. At Dugong Island, you’ll come face-to-face with two adorable dugongs – Pig and Wuru. These creatures are part of the manatee family and have been the basis of some weird folklore.

Make sure to visit Shark Walk & Shark Valley as well. You’ll see some of the world’s biggest aquarium sharks before plunging into the depths of the valley where you’ll quite literally be able to walk through water underneath their tanks.

Getting in: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets are included with The Sydney Pass.

The Sydney Opera House Tour

view of the Sydney Opera House in the Sydney Harbour

Just because it’s not sunny out doesn’t mean you can’t get to some of the must-see spots on your list. Obviously if you’re visiting Sydney, the Opera House is one of them.

This guided tour of the iconic landmark will keep you indoors and take you behind the scenes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. For 60-minutes, you’ll follow your expert guide through the Great Hall, to theater rooms, and around the entire complex.

As you pass by the famous parts of the building, your guide will tell you stories of the landmarks beginnings and how it became as famous as it is today. You’ll be able to explore the theaters foyers, touch the shell tiles, and maybe even catch a sneak peak of rehearsals.

Getting in: The Sydney Opera House Tour tickets are included with The Sydney Pass.

Madame Tussauds Sydney

Posing with the Queen at Madame Tussads Sydney World Leaders Exhibit

Take a quick trip from Sydney to Hollywood at Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour.

Take a selfie with the likes of Obama, Her Majesty The Queen, Mahatma Gandhi, Katy Perry, Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson, Ryan Gosling, or Johnny Depp. Play a game of Wii tennis with a pro or putt a hole of golf with Greg Norman. Put on some cricket pads and swing the willow with the greats, recreate the famous ‘moon scene’ from ET, and perform onstage with Taylor Swift. You’ll almost feel like you’re hanging out with these major celebs in real life.

Getting in: Madame Tussauds Sydney tickets are included with The Sydney Pass.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Family at the Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) is the national center for all tings Australian naval history.

At ANMM, you’ll get to explore extensive collections of nautical objects, captivating exhibitions, and even hop aboard real naval vessels.

The kids will love being able to dart around the campus, from ships to exhibits, learning more about Australia’s history all while having fun. Through interactive exhibits and a 3D show, the whole family will leave with knowledge of the Australia Aboriginals, the country’s naval defense system, and the technology of the Royal Australian Navy.

Getting in: Australian National Maritime Museum BIG Tickets are included with The Sydney Pass.

Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Experience

Ascend to the top of the Sydney Tower, a towering skyscraper deemed one of the world’s safest buildings. At 4,163 feet in the air, you’ll be able to see just about everything.

Look out of the crystal-clear windows and you’ll spot the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Central Business District, and beyond. Make sure to peruse the Sydney Tower Eye exhibits as well – each one tells the story of the building’s engineering, creation, and history.

The Tower also has a state-of-the-art 4D theater where you can watch a short film that’ll take you flying over Sydney. The enhanced special effects include flashing lights, sprays of “rain”, and more.

Getting in: Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Experience tickets are included with The Sydney Pass.


Fulfill your need for speed at RACECENTRE Sydney, the most realistic and advanced racing simulator in Australia.

Racecentre’s simulators combine the feel of full-motion acceleration with surround sound speakers, three screens that provide 180-degree vision, and real-world variables to create an authentic experience. Sit in the driver seat and choose from a selection of real cars and racetracks.

There are over 100 options, from Porsches and Lamborghinis, to all-terrain tracks through Melbourne and Mumbai. Once you’ve selected your car, you can customize it as you please. When it’s time to race, link up with your friends or ride solo and gun it to the finish line.

Getting in: RACECENTRE Sydney tickets are included with The Sydney Pass.

Art Gallery of NSW

Enjoy an afternoon of Australian and international art. Van Gogh? Check. Cézanne? Voilà. There’s contemporary art too, all at the Art Gallery of NSW – New South Wales that is.

Aside from the gorgeous art that hangs within the walls of this institution, you’ll find the architectural style is a masterpiece in and of itself. The delicate arches, scenic vistas, and Roman-inspired columns make your visit all the more appealing.

Getting in: entry to the Gallery of NSW is free.

Peruse the Farmers Markets

Photo by Sydney.com

Stay out of the rain at CarriageWorks Farmer’s Market, happening now through February 2nd, 2019.

Located in the Red Fern neighborhood, this farmer’s market is full of crafts, delicious local cuisine, and one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends back home.

The market is open every Saturday from 8AM – 1PM local time and has plenty to offer. The best part? It’s all happening under the giant market tent.

Getting in: CarriageWorks Farmer’s Markets are free to attend.

Quick Rainy Day Recap

See? You can stay dry all while making the best of your time in Sydney. A rainy day or two can’t stop you.

We hope you’ll add a few of these options to your fun filled indoorsy itinerary.

Don’t forget – admission to many of these great rainy day attractions is included with the The Sydney Pass.



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