No matter where you go in the world, you can’t control the weather, and sometimes the heavens open when you least expect it. However, it’s important to make the most of these soggy situations, and thankfully, there’s still plenty of awesome things to do in Sydney when it rains.

Here are some of our wet weather must-dos.

1. Catch a flick at a boutique cinema

When it rains, nothing beats curling up and watching a classic movie. Thankfully, there’s a cosy, boutique cinema in Sydney that’s about to make your wet weather dreams come true.

Located in Surry Hills (just a 10-minute drive from the CBD) in an old screening room of the heritage-listed Paramount Pictures art deco building, is Golden Age Cinema. Here, guests can settle down in a plush seat with movie-inspired cocktail in hand, while watching a classic, independent or new-release film.

Funky and intimate with a welcoming atmosphere, we guarantee you’ll never want to leave.

2. Get even wetter at a Sydney spa

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em – a fitting phrase for those looking to embrace the wet weather and well, get a little wetter! Sydney is home to an array of luxurious spas that act as relaxing sanctuaries away from the grey clouds outside.

For the ultimate detox and full-body treatment, give the team at The Body Spot a call. Not only can you indulge in an array of nurturing massage scrubs and treatments, this Bondi spa is located just off the beach, making your experience even more relaxing – if that could be possible.

3. Snuggle up at the cat cafe

Fill your grey day with joy, coffee and cuddles with an array of fluffy four-legged friends at Sydney’s original cat cafe – Catmosphere.

As the name suggests, this feline and food-friendly place is space-themed, and it doesn’t just stop at the decor. With names like Fuzz Aldrin and Ewok, the kitties are also in on the action.

The regular pass gives you one-hour of kitty cuddling time- however, if you’re after something super special, secure your beanbag at the cat cinema experience. Here, you can enjoy watching a movie on the big screen alongside loveable fur-friends with refreshments on the side!

4. Get your game on at 1989 Arcade Bar & Kitchen

Take a journey back to the late Eighties and get your game face on at 1989 Arcade Bar & Kitchen. With your bag of one dollar coins at the ready, spend an afternoon pushing buttons and maneuvering control sticks in a bid to land the high score on the array of retro games and consoles at this nostalgic bar. From Donkey Kong to Space Invaders, Street Fighter 2 to Pacman, this place is filled with the classics that are still as addictive as they were back then.

Take a refreshment break at the bar which specialises in diner-style food, such as the classic hamburger, smoky buffalo wings and crispy crinkle cut chips.

5. Warm your cockles at Gumshara Ramen

When it’s raining and chilly outside, warm your body from the inside out by tucking into a bowl of slurp-worthy ramen. There’s only one place to visit if you want a true taste of the East: Gumshara. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, this small and simple ramen joint is famed for its authentic and rich broth, made by boiling more than 100 kilograms of pork bones daily. What the menu lacks in size, the dishes sure make up for in flavour, with their ramen featuring the usual suspects of thick cuts of pork, seaweed and soft boiled egg and of course, their signature broth!

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6. Soak in the culture, not the rain!

Turn your frown upside down and spend your day soaking in culture, rather than the rain! Sydney is home to an array of incredible art galleries and museums, brimming with world-famous exhibitions and collections. Take the Australian Museum, for example. As the oldest museum in the country, you can bet this establishment is jam-packed with fascinating history. From jaw-dropping dinosaurs to monstrous grizzly bears, the various exhibitions allow visitors to come face to face with some of the world’s most incredible creatures.

Art more your thing? Spend an afternoon gallery-hopping around the city’s modern and classic galleries, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Art Gallery of NSW.


With so much to see and do under Sydney’s roofs, there’s never a reason to let the rain dampen your spirits – especially when you’ve got the perfect hire car to get you from A to B! Get in touch with the team at East Coast Car Rentals today to request a quote for your Sydney adventures.