What To Do When It’s Raining On The Gold Coast

What To Do When It’s Raining On The Gold Coast

21 Sep 2022

There are 300 days of glorious sunshine on the Gold Coast each year. As for the other 65 days? Well, there’s no guarantee of perfect beach weather. But fear not… if the forecast is looking unfavourable during your stay there are still plenty of wet weather activities to keep you entertained rain, hail or shine!


This experience is not just for gamers! Even the most analogue-loving among us will be blown away by Zero Latency. Immerse yourself in one of the world’s best free roam virtual gaming experiences. Don your VR headset and backpack, arm yourself with a controller and strap in as you’re transported to other worlds.

There are 8 different games to choose from and with crystal clear vision and audio via your headsets, you can interact with your surroundings and other players as you battle zombies, fight killer robots in a deserted space station or navigate your way through underground caverns and luminescent woods. In reality, you’re walking around a 200m gaming arena, but your brain makes you believe otherwise and it’s incredibly convincing! It’s mind bending, adrenaline fueled fun for 13-year-olds and over (10-12 year-olds can play with a parent) and an ideal rainy day activity.


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Strut your putt at Holey Moley – the ultimate mini-golf challenge located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Tee up 18 unique and crazy holes across a multi-sensory labyrinth of indoor rooms. Forget windmills and castles – putt through shark infested waters, a Monopoly board and a maze among others. There’s also a private karaoke room and over-18s can enjoy a full-service bar. Did we mention it’s also located within Strike Bowling Bar precinct? Equipped with several ten-pin bowling lanes, pool tables and a gourmet food menu to boot.


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With our tropical climate it’s entirely possible to get soaked in a torrential downpour, but this option is far more appealing. Soak Bathhouse is a luxurious modern bathhouse in Mermaid Beach where you can relax, rejuvenate and press the reset button. Make time for a 90-minute casual soak session, which includes use of open-air hot spas, communal mineral baths, cold plunge, steam room and sauna. Indulge in a glass or two of bubbly with a Soak & Sip package or upgrade your experience to include infrared sauna, an LED facial, massage or yoga class. Aaannnd exhale!


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BOUNCE Inc Trampoline Park Gold Coast is a massive adrenaline zone full of wall-to-wall trampolines. Located in Burleigh Heads, there are various zones to suit everyone, including an Australian Ninja style obstacle course. It’s the perfect place to take restless kids to let off some stream, especially when they’ve been cooped up inside! Parents can join the fun or sit back and watch from the mezzanine level cafe.


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Most skydiving is weather dependent but your air time will never get postponed due to rain at iFly Indoor Skydiving in Surfers Paradise. The specially constructed vertical wind tunnels provide an exhilarating air borne experience without the plane ride (or the part where you have to jump out of one!). Highly trained flight instructors teach you everything you need to know and are there in the flight chamber to guide you as you take off and perform aerobatic maneuvers in a safe and controlled environment. It’s thrilling for children, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and available to everyone.


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Lovers of vintage vehicles will be in heaven at the Gold Coast Motor Museum. With an impressive collection of restored cars, motorbike and memorabilia dated from 1911 through the ages until 1988, there are horse-drawn buggies, push bikes and peddle cars. Even if you’re not attracted to motoring history, you’ll see other fascinating memorabilia, including telephones, tins, tools, and even period fashion. The Motor Museum is set on 12 acres of lush hinterland alongside Stanley’s Barn Restaurant & Bar, so combine your visit with lunch where you can enjoy culinary delights and a tipple of your choice with a picturesque view.


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Did someone say 80’s inspired arcade? This upmarket amusement centre is a hit with little kids, teens and grown ups alike. Immerse yourself amongst all the action with state-of-the-art amusement games like 3D ping pong to pinball classics like Donkey Kong, Jurassic Park and more. Level Up Arcade includes a dedicated adult games area with a pool table, limited edition pinballs and Foxtel), which caters to the biggest kids and the licensed bar opens from 10am. It’s 400 square metres of pure gaming fun. 


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The Craft Parlour is a bright and delightful studio in Miami that hosts cool, creative workshops. You can learn how to make a macrame wall hanging, render a resin artwork, sew a skirt or try your hand or ceramics at this beautiful space where creativity is celebrated and memories are made. Learn a new skill, unleash your creativity and connect with other crafty folk. Check the website for upcoming workshops – kids are well catered for with special craft activities and art classes too.


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Rainy days inside can make you feel trapped. One alternative is to actually get locked in a room… but for fun! Padlock’d and Fusion Escape Rooms present 60-minute real life escape games like you’ve never seen before, located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. You enter the game zone, the clock starts counting down… it’s now up to you and your brain to work out how to unlock clues, solve mysteries and find the answers before it’s too late. There are a variety of rooms catering to kids 10 and up.


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At The Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast offers a challenging and educational experience and each brilliantly imaginative game takes place in a themed room designed so you can really lose yourself in the experience. Fun for all ages and ability levels.


Game Over ticks all the boxes for rainy day fun with three adventure activities under the one roof. Find the need for speed with indoor karting at the first electric-powered karting centre in Australia; challenge yourself with the Clip ‘n’ Climb artificial climbing walls or battle it out in the 240m2 high-tech laser tag arena. You can have your pick of any one of their awesome activities and still stay dry.


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Slideways European style indoor Go Karting track at Nerang is the perfect way to stay indoors while getting your adrenaline pumping! The unique track surface is like no other in the Southern Hemisphere, allowing the karts to drift around corners. Up to 14 karts can run on the track at one time in multiple racing formats and Slideways caters for all levels of experience and from individuals to large groups. Challenge the kids to race and put your pedal to the metal!


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If you have a kid who dreams about dinosaurs, their dreams will come true with this high-tech hologram experience! Holoverse Dinosaur World in Surfers Paradise is the first place where you can interact with life size dinosaur holograms. Leave the real world behind, and explore 10 different dino scenes. Pick holographic grass to feed a Brontosaurus, fly through the air with Pterodactyls and watch baby dinosaurs hatch.


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Kate Veling
Kate Veling

Travel writer, Kate Veling, came to the Gold Coast for six months and loved it so much she’s still here 20 years later. The laidback lifestyle suits her to a tee and as a mum of three, she knows all the best parks, swimming spots and kid-friendly fun to be had in her ‘hood. She’s often found getting amongst the thriving local arts and culture scene, dancing to live music or kicking back on the beach, but rest assured it’s all in the name of research.


Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. 
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.