11 feel good rainy day activities

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

So it’s raining, not sure if everyone you’ve run into today has pointed that out or not but it’s a fact.

Rain rain, go away hashtags are flooding Instagram and everybody is legitimately wondering how to manoeuver their lives while water is falling from the sky.

Well we’re here to tell you folks, there are things you can do when it rains on the Gold Coast and we’ve collected the best ones to help you get your life back on track. 

Sip hot chocolate at Bam Bam Bakehouse
Is there a thing that Bam Bam doesn’t do magically? NOPE. Their hot chocolate is of the Nutella Oreo variety because of course it is and it’s the perfect rainy day companion. Indulge in a sweet baked treat while you’re at it.
Where: 2519-2521 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Snuggle by the fire at Pethers Rainforest Retreat
Nestled amongst the trees in North Tamborine is heaven on earth AKA Pethers Rainforest Retreat. The restaurant is built around a beautiful, blazing fireplace and the food is as good as it gets. Have a wine and stay in a tree house for the night because what is life.
Where: 28b Geissmann Street, North Tamborine

Beer and boardgames at Eddie’s Grub House
Get competitive at Coolangatta fave Eddie’s Grub House with your gang, a few pints and a round of Guess Who or two. There’s plenty of dark corners to occupy and more than one boardgame to get involved in so you might just find yourself wasting an entire day. What rain.
Where: 171 Griffith St, Coolangatta 

Eat pasta at Gemellini
The most comforting of all comfort foods is a nice big bowl of pasta and where better to get involved in that than at Gemellini. The Nobby’s Trattoria offer handmade pasta, cosy red wine sipping vibes and a giant pizza oven that’ll keep you toasty. We’re hungry just thinking about that place.
Where: 2247 Gold Coast Hwy, Nobby Beach

Chill out at Greenhouse the Bathhouse
Oh this place is delightful. So you can get steamy in the steam room, pop into the hydrotherapy spa, book yourself a massage, indulge in delightful vegan eats, sweat it out in the sauna, the good times never end. It’s the perfect relaxing rainy day activity if you ask us.
Where: 37A Tallebudgera Creek Road, Burleigh Heads

Take a cooking class at Icon Cookery School
Found inside the foodie hub that is The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre, Icon Cooking School has many options to tickle your rainy day fancy. From healthy dishes to seafood, cocktail making, desserts and international cuisine, they’ve pretty much got everything covered. Plus you get to eat and what could be better than that.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina 

Gemellini (image supplied)
Gemellini (image supplied)

Visit a winery at Mt Tamborine
You know what will keep you warm and fuzzy? Wine will. Particularly on Mt Tamborine, which is slightly chillier than the Coast and has a few wine-specific venues (AKA wineries) to get amongst. We love Witches Falls and Cedar Creek Estate because delicious. Get sipping.
Where: Witches Falls – 79 Main Western Rd, North Tamborine
Cedar Creek Estate – 104-144 Hartley Rd, North Tamborine

Get arty at Dust Temple
Art gallery slash coffee shop slash chill zone, Dust Temple is a good place to spend a few hours on a rainy day (or any day really). The refurbished shed-style space is filled with art, sculptures and cool architectural quirks that’ll keep your eyeballs amused. Sip a coffee and soak up the good vibes.
Where: 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters

Order a cheese platter from Your Platter Matters
Okay. So there are cheese platters and there are Your Platter Matters ahh platters. These things have meats, fruit, chocolate, crackers, cheese and they are absolutely the most beautiful things we’ve ever laid eyes on. Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a platter if only for the Instagram glory it will bring you to your life.
Where: Google them and they will come to you

Get bendy at The Body Method
Don’t roll your eyes. What better time to exercise than when it’s raining and there’s only 10 other things you could possibly be doing. New Currumbin/Tugun shopping precinct Cornerstones Stores is a fun place to be in general but The Body Method is their sleek new Pilates studio and they’ve got yoga and meditation too. It’ll do you good after all the wine and hot chocolate.
Where: Cornerstones Stores, Gold Coast Hwy, Currumbin

Catch a show at HOTA
Whether it’s a movie, a concert, an art installation or a theatre production, there’s always something going on at the recently fancied up Home of the Arts. There’s also a huge new outdoor stage, which isn’t really relevant in a story about rain but just FYI.
Where: 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall 

If all else fails just go jump in some puddles until you get tired and need a nap. Or order UberEATS and regret wasting five minutes of your life on this story. Cool bye.

Words by Kirra Smith


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