Sydney looks best in the sunshine, but that doesn’t mean rainy days are a write-off. Don’t let a grey sky spoil your fun; instead get cozy, get creative and explore the very best of Sydney’s indoor entertainment. Boasting some of Australia’s best out-of-the-box activities, there’s a rainy-day activity for everyone.
Pop a bottle and get creative at Cork & Chroma
The next time the sky falls on your balmy evening plans, grab your mates, get to the bottle-o and join a paint and sip class at the beloved Cork & Chroma studio in Surry Hills. Let loose with your canvas and hunker down to enjoy an evening of dreamy brush strokes, bold acrylics and groovy tunes. With a resident artist guiding you every step of the way, get your creative juices flowing with a boost of BYO liquid courage. The sessions run every night at 7pm and are a guaranteed hoot!
Get cultured with a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House
Renowned internationally for its curves and culture, the Sydney Opera House is a show-stopper in every sense of the word. Why not join a backstage tour and find out what all of the fuss is about? From lovers of opera to architecture buffs and history enthusiasts, the tour offers a unique inside look into the world of Australian arts. Brush up on your Opera House knowledge, shimmy past roped-off areas and catch a glimpse of a rehearsal in action! Led by informed and passionate guides, it’s the perfect way to spend a rainy Sydney day.
Say cheese for cheese boards at The Stinking Bishops
Can’t get enough cheese in your life? Pull up a seat at The Stinking Bishops. Boasting a drool-worthy selection of over 40 artisanal cheeses from around the world, the staff are dedicated to helping you curate the cheeseboard of your dreams. There’s also an impressive wine list and a huge range of cured meats, salads and sweets. Next time the weather kills your vibe, grab your fromage-loving friends and head on down to Newtown for a slice of the action.
Pop some tags at Sydney’s best op-shops
Let’s face it: Sydney loves pre-loved. So when the sun stops shining, why not shop til’ you drop? With over 100 op-shops in Sydney, you’ll never run out of racks to peruse. Whether you’re after a funky outfit to hit the bars in or an antique piece to add to your closet, there’s an op-shop for everyone. Try out Vinnies Waverley for snazzy numbers on a budget, scour The Restore for vintage delights at Seven Hills or exchange your own wardrobe at Swop!
Learn a new skill at Work-Shop
Rainy days got you down? Why not knuckle down, expand your mind and learn something new? Work-Shop at Redfern provides short, affordable courses on every alternative skill and hobby under the sun. Taught by industry experts and creatives, Work-Shop is a collaborative space that centres community spirit and accessibility. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at welding, ceramics or making your own face cream, save the next rainy day for getting your hands dirty with Work-Shop.