The Sunshine Coast lives up to its colourful name… most of the time, but even we’re prone to a rainy day or two. Fortunately, there’s no need to spend it on the couch, because our backyard is packed full of epic adventures that don’t require a beach towel - and yes, there’s plenty for kids big and little to tackle too.
So turn off the TV and dig out your wet weather gear, these are the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast when it rains.
Indulge In Rainy Day Food And Wine
Wet weather = comfort food, so rug up and head out for some hearty eats at your favourite local spots. If you’re looking for ambiance, The Spirit House Restaurant and Cooking School in Yandina has a tranquil pond and picturesque garden that turn magical with the pitter-patter of rain, while Maleny Food Co has some knock out cheeses to sample and taste. Need an afternoon tipple? Venture up to Flame Hill Vineyard in Montville for some wine tasting and locally-sourced eats in front of the wood fire. And there’s nothing quite like watching the waves fizz onto the shore on a gloomy day while you're cosy indoors - check out Pavilion Mooloolaba, Embassy XO and the Alex Surf Club.
Wine Tasting at Flame Hill Vineyard, Montville
Sip Craft Brews
Honestly, all weather is good craft beer weather in our opinion, but we’ll happily use the rain as an excuse to do a brewery crawl. With more craft breweries per capita than anywhere else in Australia, no matter where you’re staying on the Sunshine Coast, there’ll be a brewery near you ready to serve up some cold ones. Not sure where to start? Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours will take you to meet the brewers behind some of your favourite beers, chauffeuring you from Mooloolaba, all the way to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and north of the Sunshine Coast.
Blackflag Brewery and Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours
Treat Yourself To A Spa Day
Why not treat yourself to a spa day and use the rain to rejuvenate your energy levels? With the pitter patter of rain already setting the scene, allow yourself to relax and unwind. From seaside spots where you can hear the ocean while getting a facial, to hinterland gems nestled in the rainforest, scope out this list of the best day spas on the Sunshine Coast and prepare to get your zen on.
Massage at Spa Anise, Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny
Get Cultured At An Art Gallery
From the hinterland to the seaside, the Sunshine Coast is awash with creativity. Check out incredible local talent on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Art Trail where you’ll explore the charming towns of Maleny and Montville, wandering through galleries and boutiques. In Caloundra grab your umbrella and marvel at the vibrant street art that covers buildings and laneways (pro tip: be sure to warm up with a coffee and feed at White Picket Fence along the way). And on the northern end, the Noosa Regional Gallery is an absolute must, featuring local and international exhibitions, plus interactive workshops. If you want to get your hands dirty, Frida’s Sip n’ Paint in Mooloolaba will see you sipping wine while crafting your own masterpiece.
Cook Up A Storm
Learn a new skill and devour drool-worthy eats at one of the Sunshine Coast’s best cooking schools. Master the art of spices at Red Hot Chilli Pepper in Caloundra; learn the intricacies of Thai cooking in the purpose-built cooking school at Spicers Tamarind Retreat and whip up a curry at Spirit House Cooking School.
Explore Under The Sea
Stay dry while exploring beneath the ocean’s surface with a visit to Sea Life Mooloolaba! Get hands-on in the tidal pool, coo over the colony of Little Blue Penguins, discover the magic of Seal World and hold your breath as you wander through the 80 metre-long Ocean Tunnel while sharks circle around you.
SEA Life Sunshine Coast (at The Wharf), Mooloolaba
Catch A Movie
It’s hard to think of anything better suited to a rainy day than a large box of warm popcorn and a movie at the local cinemas. Gather the family and treat yourself to Gold Class at Sunshine Plaza or Kawana Shoppingworld.
Spice It Up
Warm up with a visit to Buderim Ginger Factory where there’s so much for kids to see, touch and taste. Join the gingerbread man on an adventure around the world on the Overboard boat ride, follow the Gruffalo Trail, learn how bees make honey and indulge in ginger treats at the cafe.
Climb To New Heights
Get your adrenaline pumping with a visit to Rockit Climbing Gym in Warana and challenge yourself on a variety of rock climbing walls that are suitable for all age groups and skill levels. Want more? Make like Spider-Man at Bould Move and Flow Climbing who offer indoor bouldering and climbing facilities.
Find bowling and mini golf all under one roof at Maroochydore’s Big Top Shopping Centre. There are two different nine-hole courses to choose from at Holey Moley, alongside a massive bowling alley - so you’re guaranteed hours of fun. Best of all, you can refuel at the onsite cafe slinging cheese Kransky hotdogs and loaded waffle fries.
Holey Moley, Maroochydore
Bounce It Out
The Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park is a good time in any weather conditions but it’s incredibly helpful when you need to burn off the kids' excess energy on a rainy day. Spanning across 70 interconnecting trampolines with dodgeball, basketball and a giant airbag, this is definitely one for the whole family to enjoy.