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Published April 17th 2013
20 inspiring rainy day ideas - not including the Opera House
Warm up in the hotel or aquatic centre spa
Assuming a ticket to Tahiti isn't on the cards, this list of things to do and places to go will give you some genuine, delightful options when the weather takes a foul turn.
Bypassing the Opera House and the usual suggestions aimed at tourists, the emphasis is on things for locals to do and chockers with fresh ideas you may not have considered. Don't forget to bookmark it for those future soggy days.
(1) Norita Café and Board Games Good old-fashioned fun in the guise of board-games and sweets can be had at this low-key homey Korean cafe. Sip a beverage or nibble a sweet treat while you study your opponent. Check out the Norita facebook page, for all relevant particulars.
(2) Govinda's Govinda's combo of Indian style vegetarian buffet and intimate movie room with seating on cushions remains a wet weather winner. Book first. This Hara Chrisna run establishment in Darlinghurst is popular. The Govinda's website contains all you need to know.
(3) Madame Fling Flong, Newtown Comfy chairs, excellent tapas and inventive cocktails make this small cocktail, lounge bar worth a visit. Chill, chat or play board-games amidst the crimson walls and well-worn nostalgic furnishings.
Level 1, 169 King Street, Newtown 02) 9565 2471
Open Mon to Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Fri 4:00 pm - 12:00 am; Sat 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
(4) Day spas For those new to the day spa scene, these are places where you can take a spa, enjoy a massage, facial or other body treatment. Expect to pay a stack for the privilege - anything from $70 to $170 or more for an hour of massage, depending on the establishment. Day Spas can be found in hotels and as independent establishments.
Although, at 2 hours drive from Sydney in Bowenfels (near Lithgow) it's a bit of a hike, this is so good it deserves a mention.
See all about Sparadise by clicking on the link to my article on it. Or go direct to their website here.
(6) Indoor public spas, steam rooms and heated pools
Nice way to get warm, exercise and out of the house & beats sitting on your bum eating and drinking all day.
In Sydney, try out the pools, steamers and spas at the Aquatic Centre at Sydney Olympic Park or Cook and Philip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre. Or for something more luxurious, see what's on offer from your local hotels. Where I live, the Fairmont Hotel, Leura charges $15 to use their pools, spas, gym and squash facilities.
(7) Yum Cha
As social as it is culinary, this elaborate morning or afternoon tea ritual is the Chinese alternative to the pub scene. Invite some family or friends you've been meaning to catch up with to share the dim sims with you.
If you want to know great Yum Cha it's best to ask someone who is Chinese. Or just head to Chinatown and look for somewhere with a long queue of Chinese. Otherwise, here are some venues to get you started.
(10) Ten Pin Bowling at AMF Bowling
AMF have 43 centres across Australia with entertainment ranging from bowling to arcade games and M9 Laser Skirmish. Click on this link to AMF Bowling for more info.
(11) Laser Skirmish and Other Play Zones
For those new to laser skirmish (also known as laser tag) it's like a live computer battle game where people run around shooting each other with infra-red guns. Popular with teenage boys, it's also fun for groups of adults and as it does involve exercise, arguably good for you. Many play zones offer packages that may include unlimited hours and food.
You can find laser skirmish at AMF Bowling, Laserzone and other Play Zones. Here's a few more to give you a taste. Click on the links for more info or call them up.
Strike at Chatswood also has 4 hi-tech bowling lanes, 3 private karaoke rooms, a cocktail bar and an outdoor terrace.
(13) Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
If looking at wax look-a-likes of movie stars, historical figures, pop stars and so on, tickles your fancy, this is for you.
King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
Open 9am – 8pm
Cost: Adult $38 Child $22. Cheaper tickets and specials can be purchased online. See more info at the Madame Tussauds website.
(14) Karaoke Bus
For large groups looking for something different, hire the Karaoke Bus for $65 a person. Unfortunately, you need a minimum number of friends to charter this party on a bus, so this needs to be well planned in advance. Check out the details on the Karaoke Bus website.
(15) Shopping at QVB or the Local Mall
For the practical minded or time-pressed, rainy days provide a great excuse to shop. The Queen Victoria Building provides loads of undercover shopping including access to additional shopping in Centrepoint Tower and Pitt street mall. Alternatively, hit one of the big shopping Malls in your local area.
(16) Comedy Store - Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Performances here are generally scheduled in the evening. To see what's currently on, check out the website here.
(18) The Library
Libraries offer the chance to peruse books for free. Try your local library or the State Library in Sydney. It specialises in preserving Australian history and also has an onsite cafe, free wifi and computer access.
As an alternative to Norota's, the Bunker (downstairs) at the Coogee Diggers Club has a good supply of board games and books. You can get lunch (order upstairs) or just a drink. They also have free live music of an evening.
Jet Flight Simulator Sydney is a great place to go on a rainy day. You be the pilot and take over the controls of the 737-800NG. A truly amazing and unforgettable experieice! for more information visitwww.jetflightsimulatorsydney.com.au