The Gold Coast is renowned for sunny weather, but it is also home to some pretty impressive thunder storms and humidity! To avoid any bad weather frustrations here’s a list of 14 things to do on the Gold Coast when it’s raining.
This one is a no-brainer, Timezone has been on the Gold Coast since… forever and is the perfect activity for when you can’t be at the beach. For $25, you get two hours where you can play endless standard games, 12 ticketed games, Laser Skirmish, Dodgems, Mini Golf, and a ride on a 2D or 3D simulator! Oh and don’t forget to collect a fantastic prize at the end.
Where: The Strand, Coolangatta and Paradise Centre, Surfers Paradise
Southport Indoor Pistol Club is a good time if you’re keen to experience real firearms and ammo without needing licenses or previous experience. They offer rifles, pistols, shotguns to tactical weapons, from small to very large, the hardest thing you have to do is pick one! Click here for their latest discounted offer.
Where: Southport Indoor Pistol Club, 1/76 Ferry Road, Southport
Get a group of friends together, ditch the mobile phones for an hour and go have some fun! Choose from Escape Hunt in Southport, Padlockd in Surfers Paradise or Fusion in Surfers Paradise, note that you will have to use your brain. 60 minutes to use the clues provided to solve the puzzles and escape! Click here for discounts.
Where: Southport and Surfers Paradise
Ripley’s Believe it or not!
Believe it or not, but Ripley’s is a great indoor attraction for you, your family and yes, even your friends. It’s a museum full of odd, unique and incredible artefacts, art, photographs and stories of the 200+ countries Mr Ripley has visited over the years. They’ve just added several new attractions, read about them here. Click here for an exclusive offer.
Where: Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise
The Wax Museum
The Wax Museum is one of the longest-standing attractions on the Gold Coast. Head in for a guided tour and discover some of the more gruesome torture methods that were used in ancient times. Or prepare to be starstruck, get up close and personal with some of Hollywood’s biggest names or grab a photo with royalty. For 10% off entry, click here.
Where: 56 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Infinity Attraction in Surfers Paradise is a crowd pleaser, a super fun activity to do with your friends! Infinity’s maze is both challenging and mind blowing. It’s an extraordinary series of 20 multi- sensory environments filled with unique special effects, emotive atmospheric sound fields, sensuous aromas, ultra-groovy music and spectacular illusions that appear to go all the way to infinity! Get 15% off entry with our coupon code (“infoinsidegc”) here.
Where: Shop 31, Chevron Renaissance, Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Slideways Go Karting Centre in Nerang is Go Karting is just 10 minutes from Surfers Paradise is a uniquely designed track and surface to allow karts to drift and get Slideways! Their go kart track is indoors and not affected by the weather – open rain hail or shine! They have 20 European state of the art Sodi karts, powered by de-governed, 9hp, four stroke Honda kart engines, which means it will take some skill to achieve a good lap. Get 20% off a 20 minute session here.
Where: 10 Spencer Road, Nerang
Put on a VR headset, strap into a backpack and pickup the controller. You and your friends are about to be transported into the virtual world of your choosing (away from the weather outside). Zero Latency is a free-roam, virtual reality experience like no other. With up to 8 players per game, enjoy fighting zombies, exploring mystical places or challenging your friends on space stations. Get 10% off your experience here.
Where: 34 Smith Street, Southport
Go see a Cabaret show
Dracula’s and The Pink Flamingo are both nights of total entertainment! Combining burlesque, contemporary music, comedy and dining, all in the one incredible venue! But be aware, both shows are MA15+ show, so leave the kids at home and get ready to be entertained! 10% off the Dracula’s show here.
Where: Dracula’s, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach and The Pink Flamingo, Corner of 88 Surf Parade & Victoria Ave, Broadbeach
Rain = the perfect excuse to go shopping undercover. The Gold Coast is a haven for indoor shopping centres, so if you’re in Broadbeach hit up Pacific Fair Shopping Centre or The Oasis Shopping Centre, if you’re in Surfers Paradise, the Paradise Centre or Australia Fair Shopping Centre in Southport. Maybe catch a movie while you’re there!
The Star Gold Coast
The Star Gold Coast is an adults playground and the perfect entertainment destination for those bad weather days. You can do the obvious and win (or lose) some money, have a feast at one of the award-winning restaurants, watch a show or concert at the theatre or just see and be seen with your friends.
Where: Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm onwards you can be part of Miami Marketta’s food stall craze. Mouthwatering food stalls, shopping and live music all in one spot and all undercover. It’s the perfect rainy-day date-night spot.
Where: 23 Hillcret Parade, Miami
The Gold Coast has come a long way in terms of epic eateries. New favourite food spots are opening up weekly (click here to read about a few). Go ahead, choose a restaurant or two and eat the day away!
Head to a day spa
Sometimes a little self-love is needed, particularly when it’s raining and you want to be all cosied up inside. A day at the spa sounds like heaven to us, check out our list of faves here.
Here’s a few more just for fun.
Words by Kirra Smith.