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50 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Sydney In 2022

By Urban List Writers
2nd Sep 2022

Rain clouds over Sydney Harbour.

Here at Urban List, we are all about making the best of even the wettest situation, even if it’s not ideal. Apparently, we're in for a few wild rainy days ahead—rain is forecast in the Greater Sydney region for the next week or so, thanks to La Niña and a few of her pesky storms hovering overhead. 

So stick with us, and we guarantee that when the next deluge hits (or even just that annoying sprinkle) we’ll have you sorted and well on your way to adding some shine to your otherwise gloomy, Uber surcharged, rainy Sydney weekend.

Here are all of the best fun, boozy, or otherwise indoor activities to do in Sydney when it’s raining.

  1. Get cosy with a large glass of red at one of Sydney's best wine bars
  2. Brave the weather and work your way through the best events happening in Sydney this weekend
  3. Wet weather is a perfect excuse to check out some of Sydney's best *new* restaurants. We are especially excited about this one
  4. Now is also a good time to work your way through this bucket list of the absolute hands-down best restaurants in Sydney right now
  5. Catch up on some Netflix. Here are all the best movies currently streaming. 
  6. Hit the town and go get your groove back at one of these (indoor) dancefloors
  7. Shop The Iconic's epic EOFY sale
  8. Lock in a fancy spa day at this ultra-luxe spa or any one of Sydney's best day spas
  9. Or, book in some beauty time with a top-tier facial—here's our guide to Sydney's best facials
  10. Get in touch with your cultural side at one of Sydney’s best contemporary art galleries: White Rabbit—the current exhibition is incredible!
  11. Book a last-minute staycation at one of Sydney's best hotels
  12. It's officially ramen weather, so tuck into a perfect bowl of steamy ramen—here's where you'll find Sydney's best ramen
  13. Or, what about Sydney's best soul-soothing pho?
  14. Jump in the car and do a day trip or overnight stay in the beautiful Blue Mountains—here's our guide to all the best restaurants, bars, and places to stay
  15. Need to walk your pooch? Grab your raincoat and check out Sydney's best dog-friendly walks 
  16. Get baking with this recipe for gluten-free cinnamon scrolls. Eat the cinnamon scrolls. 
  17. Detox with float therapy or an infrared sauna sesh
  18. Treat yourself to a luxury Japanese omakase dining experience 
  19. Or, dine out on the cheap with our up-to-date guide to Sydney's best cheap eats 
  20. Drink beer at Mountain Goat or Atomic Beer Project
  21. Drink beer at one of Sydney's best pubs, as voted by you!
  22. Treat yourself to a massage at one of the best massage places in Sydney
  23. Rainy weather is perfect for French food. Suss out Sydney's best French restaurants here
  24. Watch a movie in all its intended cinematic glory at one of Sydney's standout cinemas 
  25. Embrace your inner pirate and soak up the tiki vibes at Bondi's cute new tiki bar 
  26. Challenge your mates to a great escape at one of Sydney’s escape rooms. If you ever make it out, here’s to hoping the sun will be shining!
  27. Take a hot yoga class at One Hot Yoga and Pilates
  28. Drink all the delicious natural wine here 
  29. Move on from Netflix with the best new shows on Stan or the best shows on Binge
  30. Then satisfy yourself with these pies
  31. Or, Sydney's best cheesecake
  32. Fire up the group chat and book yourself into this divine bottomless brunch at Sydney's new five-star hotel. 
  33. Build a blanket fort, choose a password, and don’t let anyone else in. Make sure you bring snacks.
  34. Hideout at one of Sydney's best bars—all this rain calls for a cocktail
  35. Look out the window with your friend, pick a raindrop that lands on the glass pane, and race them!
  36. Roll up to the Hunter Valley. Here's a list of winery tours and tastings you can book now
  37. Get some gumboots and go find a puddle
  38. Get your dumpling fix with Sydney's best dumplings 
  39. Book a winter escape at one of these dreamy hotels in regional NSW
  40. Organise your closet, you know you need to.
  41. Read one of these self-help books
  42. Find your umbrella—or invest in a really good one. Come up with a plan to never lose this umbrella
  43. Grab your credit card and browse Urban List's shopping section for inspo on activewear, cute lingerie, sneakers, and heaps more
  44. Watch one of these mind-blowing docos
  45. Order some wine to your door
  46. Hop in the car and check out these awesome day-trips near Sydney
  47. Watch some classic rain-themed movies such as Singing In The Rain or movies that just have rain somewhere in the title
  48. Go get your nails sorted with a mani at one of these standout salons and manicurists
  49. Treat yourself to a slice (or five) of Sydney's best pizza. You deserve it
  50. Still need something to do? Complain loudly and consistently on social media, to your Uber driver, or anyone who will listen about the weather. This is the Sydney way after all. 

Looking for more? Work your way through our list of the best cheap things to do in Sydney

Image credit: Road Trip with Raj

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