Things to do on the Sunshine Coast when it’s Raining.

Exploring the Sunshine Coast Indoors

Known for its stunning beaches and constant sunshine, the Sunshine Coast is the epitome of a Queensland holiday, attracting visitors all year with its perfect climate. However, when it occasionally rains, it unveils a different facet of the region. Rather than dampening spirits, these rainy days provide opportunities to engage in a variety of indoor and sheltered activities that are as fun and interesting as those enjoyed in the sunshine.

Whether you're a food enthusiast ready to try all the culinary delights on offer in a cosy café, a family in search of interactive and educational spots, or someone looking to relax and unwind, the region's extensive indoor offerings ensure the fun continues. Boasting everything from exceptional dining and local breweries to thrilling indoor adventures and serene wellness retreats, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy a rainy day here. So, as the clouds roll in, swap your beach gear for an umbrella and jump into a day filled with unexpected adventures.

Culinary Comforts

Rainy days are the perfect excuse to indulge in the Sunshine Coast's vibrant culinary scene, where the comfort of warm, delicious food melds with the charm of cosy locales. Here are some top spots to satisfy your cravings while staying dry:

Grounded Emporium: situated on Bulcock Street in Caloundra, Grounded Emporium is more than just a café—it's a retreat from the dreary weather outside. This spot offers a warm welcome with its inviting atmosphere and a menu filled with comfort foods and artisanal beverages. Sip on some of the world’s finest teas and coffees while you treat yourself to freshly baked pastries or a hearty, homemade meal.


The Thirsty Beaver Bar & Kitchen: Known for its rustic charm and a menu that celebrates robust flavours, The Thirsty Beaver in Caloundra is a haven for those who relish in good food and a warm ambiance. Don't miss their signature dish, the low and slow-smoked beef short rib with a Texas rub, accompanied by potato mash, peas, red wine jus, charred corn, and onion rings—a perfect dish to warm up your rainy day.


Reelax Café and Takeaway: Located conveniently across the road from the Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Reelax Café offers a relaxed setting ideal for watching the rain drizzle down while enjoying a casual meal. It’s a popular spot among locals for its friendly service and tasty menu, making it a great pit stop after a morning of rainy adventures.


Izba Espresso Bells Reach: For families braving the rain with kids in tow, Izba Espresso at Bells Reach offers a comforting escape. This café doesn’t just serve up excellent coffee and café fare; it also boasts a children's adventure playground right on the premises. It's a fantastic place for parents to unwind with a cup of coffee while the kids burn off some energy indoors.


Acqua Restaurant & Bar: If you're looking for a more upscale dining experience, Acqua Restaurant & Bar at the Grand Pacific Resort offers a stunning vista over Pumicestone Passage. Here, you can enjoy a delicious meal from a diverse menu featuring everything from juicy steaks to authentic Italian pastas, all while overlooking the misty waters—a truly atmospheric setting on a rainy day.


Each of these locations offers a unique way to enjoy the culinary delights of the Sunshine Coast, ensuring that even a day without sunshine is filled with warmth and satisfaction.


Brews and Breweries

The Sunshine Coast's craft beer scene is as vibrant and diverse as its landscapes, offering something special for every beer enthusiast, even on the rainiest days. Boasting more craft breweries per capita than any other region in Australia, the area is a true haven for hops aficionados.

Craft Beer Richness: The local craft beer community on the Sunshine Coast is enthusiastic and welcoming, with breweries scattered across the region from Mooloolaba to the Hinterland. Each brewery offers a unique blend of traditional techniques and innovative flavours, creating beers that are as distinctive and memorable as the coast itself. Rainy days provide the perfect backdrop for sampling these creations, turning what could be a dreary day into an opportunity for taste exploration and warm gatherings.

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours: For those who wish to dive deeper into the craft beer scene without the hassle of planning and driving, the Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours offer a comprehensive and enjoyable way to experience the local brews. These tours are not only a safe way to travel between breweries but also provide an educational insight into the brewing process, with behind-the-scenes looks at how your favourite beers are made. Visitors get the chance to meet the brewers, learn about the art of craft brewing, and, of course, taste the specialties of each house.


Whether you're a seasoned craft beer lover or new to the scene, the breweries of the Sunshine Coast offer a cosy refuge from the rain, where you can enjoy good company, great beer, and the warmth of hospitable locales. So grab an umbrella and let your taste buds lead the way through some of the best brews found down under.

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Family-Friendly Adventures

Rainy days on the Sunshine Coast can be just as adventurous as sunny ones, especially with the myriad of family-friendly indoor attractions available. These destinations ensure that families can enjoy memorable experiences together, regardless of the weather.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

Located right at The Wharf in Mooloolaba, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is an underwater wonderland that delights both young and old. This award-winning attraction features extensive marine exhibits where you can come face-to-face with incredible sea creatures including seals, otters, and sharks. The 80-metre Ocean Tunnel offers a mesmerising walk-through experience, giving you a shark’s-eye view of the marine world. Interactive zones like the Tidal Touch Pools and the Seahorse Sanctuary engage children with hands-on learning, making SEA LIFE not just fun but also educational.

The Ginger Factory

Situated in Yandina, The Ginger Factory offers a delightful escape with activities that are both fun and informative. Families can enjoy guided tours that reveal the secrets of ginger processing and honeybee life. The Overboard boat ride is a favourite among kids, featuring a charming adventure with the Gingerbread Man. The grounds also host Moreton, the vintage ginger train, which provides a leisurely tour around the lush gardens. With free admission (rides and tours at additional cost), it's a fantastic way to spend a rainy day exploring and learning.

Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park

For families looking to burn some energy, Big Boing in Sunshine Coast offers over 50 interconnected trampolines that promise endless fun and activity. This vast indoor space includes a dodgeball court, basketball hoops, and a ninja warrior course, providing challenges for all ages. The park is fully air-conditioned, making it a perfect all-weather venue. For the little ones, there’s a dedicated toddler area, ensuring that kids of all ages have a safe and exciting experience.

These attractions provide fantastic alternatives to outdoor adventures, ensuring that rain never dampens the fun on the Sunshine Coast. Each venue offers unique experiences that are guaranteed to create lasting memories for your family, making any rainy day a delightful adventure.

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Cultural and Leisurely Escapes

The Sunshine Coast offers a variety of cultural and leisure activities that make the most of the indoors, providing enriching experiences regardless of the weather. These venues offer a perfect blend of entertainment, culture, and history, ideal for individuals and families alike.

Catch a Movie at The Strand Cinema

Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, The Strand Cinema is the go-to place for movie lovers on a rainy day. With state-of-the-art facilities and a wide selection of the latest blockbusters and indie films, there’s something for everyone. The cinema provides a cosy refuge where you can enjoy a big box of warm popcorn and get lost in another world on screen. Check local listings for special events and screenings, which often include exclusive releases and classic film nights, making it more than just a rainy day escape but a cultural experience.


Caloundra Rollerdrome

For those looking for a bit of action and nostalgia, the Caloundra Rollerdrome offers a unique blend of both. This indoor roller skating rink provides a fun and active way to spend the day, suitable for all ages and skill levels. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned skater, the Rollerdome has you covered with skate rentals and helpful staff. Regular theme nights and music events add an extra layer of excitement to the experience, making it a lively destination for family outings and social gatherings.


Queensland Air Museum

Aviation enthusiasts and history buffs will find a treasure trove at the Queensland Air Museum, located at Caloundra. The museum is home to an impressive collection of aircraft, including historical military and civilian planes, each with its own story. Informative displays provide insights into the rich history of aviation and its impact on the region and beyond. The museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits make it a fascinating visit, rain or shine, offering a detailed look into the evolution of flight and the adventures of those who took to the skies.


Each of these cultural and leisurely escapes on the Sunshine Coast offers a unique way to enjoy a rainy day, providing both entertainment and educational value. Whether you're looking to relax, roll, or revel in history, these activities ensure your day remains vibrant and engaging despite the weather.

Relaxation and Wellness

ikatan Spa in Noosa: Amidst the lush landscapes of Noosa, the ikatan Spa stands out as a sanctuary of tranquility and rejuvenation, perfect for a rainy day retreat. This award-winning spa offers a serene environment inspired by Balinese aesthetics, providing a peaceful escape where visitors can indulge in a range of spa treatments. From therapeutic massages and skincare treatments to full-day wellness packages, ikatan Spa caters to those seeking relaxation and restoration. The spa's surroundings, featuring tropical gardens and quiet pavilions, enhance the sense of disconnect from the everyday rush, making it an ideal place to unwind and recharge, regardless of the weather outside.


Unique Local Stops

Eumundi Markets: Famous for its locally crafted artisan gems, there's no market quite like The Original Eumundi Markets, which stands as Australia's largest and premier artisan market.

Explore The Original Eumundi Markets for a unique assortment of goods, from handmade treasures to unique finds. You can browse through a variety of original art, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, home goods, and skincare products, alongside contemporary fashion and jewellery crafted by local designers, all under the philosophy of “make it, bake it, sew it, grow it”. If you're a culinary enthusiast, you’ll particularly enjoy our international food market, featuring dishes like laksa, calamari, Thai food, paella, alongside excellent coffee, chocolate, delectable cakes, traditional lemonade, and more.

With a rich history that has developed over decades, the Eumundi Markets have evolved into a top destination for both locals and visitors.

Experience a mix of artisan crafts, delicious food, and live entertainment in these markets, which offer a distinct and vibrant atmosphere reflective of the town’s spirit. Come join us, explore varied stalls, meet skilled artisans, and soak in the dynamic vibe that makes our markets famously captivating.

Market hours are Saturdays from 7 AM to 2 PM, and Wednesdays from 8 AM to 2 PM.


Visit ‘The Pub’ at Aussie World: Located just off the Bruce Highway, The Pub at Aussie World offers more than just a dining experience; it's a cultural hotspot that combines good food, live entertainment, and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. The Pub serves up a variety of dishes that showcase local produce, complemented by a selection of local beers and wines. On Fridays, the venue comes alive with live music, making it a perfect spot for kicking back and relaxing on a rainy day. The "Kids Eat Free" deal further highlights its family-oriented approach, ensuring that families can enjoy a satisfying meal without breaking the bank. Whether you're passing through or looking for a cosy spot to while away a drizzly day, The Pub offers a taste of local hospitality and fun.

Together, these sections not only add variety to the rainy day activities available on the Sunshine Coast but also cater to a range of preferences, from those looking to relax and pamper themselves to those wanting to engage in the local culture and community. Each destination provides a unique way to enjoy the day, ensuring that visitors have memorable experiences even when the weather isn't ideal.

Rainy Day Activities on the Sunshine Coast

Despite its reputation for sunshine, the Sunshine Coast offers an equally impressive array of indoor and sheltered activities that shine bright on rainy days. From cosy cafes and culinary delights at places like Grounded Emporium and The Thirsty Beaver Bar & Kitchen to the thrilling encounters at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast or the historical insights at the Queensland Air Museum, there’s no shortage of diverse and enriching experiences.

For those looking to relax, ikatan Spa in Noosa provides a serene escape, while family-friendly spots like The Ginger Factory and Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park ensure that excitement and learning go hand-in-hand, regardless of the weather. Craft beer enthusiasts can explore local breweries with Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours, and cinema lovers can catch the latest films in the comfortable settings of The Strand Cinema.

Rain or shine, the Sunshine Coast is full of  opportunities to create lasting memories. We encourage you to step out and explore these wonderful options. Each venue offers a unique experience that ensures your visit to the Sunshine Coast remains vibrant and enjoyable, making every rainy day an opportunity for adventure and relaxation. So, grab your umbrella and discover the countless indoor delights that await on the Sunshine Coast. And remember, for the best Sunshine Coast holiday accommodation available, book online with Caloundra Holiday Centre.