What to do in the Gold Coast in the Rain

Padlocked escape room Gold Coast

When the rain clouds gather over the stunning Gold Coast, it doesn’t mean your plans have to be washed away. The city offers a plethora of indoor activities to keep you entertained and make the most of your time, even when the weather isn’t on your side.

Here are some of our go-to options to consider for a rainy day on the Gold Coast!

1. HOTA Free Gallery

Home of the Arts (HOTA) on a rainy day
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Location: 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

If you’re an art enthusiast or simply appreciate the finer things in life, the Home of the Arts (HOTA) Free Gallery is a perfect destination. Located in Surfers Paradise, HOTA offers a diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions. The best part? It’s free! Wander through the captivating displays and immerse yourself in the world of creativity while staying dry from the rain outside.

Distance to Budds in Surfers: It’s too close to miss, with a short 3.2km from Budds.

2. Pub-Crawl / Brewery Crawl

Surfers Paradise pub to enjoy on a Gold Coast pub crwal
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Turn a rainy day into a delightful adventure by embarking on a pub-crawl or brewery crawl. The Gold Coast is home to numerous vibrant pubs and craft breweries, each offering a unique selection of beverages. Gather your friends, hop from one establishment to another, and indulge in the local brews. It’s a fantastic way to experience the Gold Coast’s lively nightlife while staying protected from the rain.

Some of our favourites are:

  • Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Surfers Paradise
  • Sand Bar, Surfers Paradise
  •  The Lucky Squire, Broadbeach
  • Precinct Brewery, Miami
  • The Henchman, Miami

Also check out the Best Happy Hours in Paradise.

3. Main Character Drive / Swim

female swimming in Gold Coast waterways in the rain
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When the clouds roll over, and the rain pours down, embrace the opportunity to embark on a scenic drive along the coast. The Gold Coast boasts breathtaking views that become even more dramatic in the rain. Feel like a main character as you cruise through the picturesque landscapes.

If you’re feeling adventurous, find a quiet spot along the coastline for a refreshing swim. The raindrops on the water’s surface create a unique and serene experience.

4. Thrifting in Southport

Thrift shop racks of clothing
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For those who enjoy the thrill of treasure hunting, a rainy day is the perfect time to explore the op shops in Southport. The suburb is known for its excellent thrift stores, where you can discover vintage clothing, unique accessories, and one-of-a-kind items. Get lost in the aisles, and you might just stumble upon a hidden gem.

Some spots to hit:

  • Vinnies, Southport
  • Storehouse Op Shop
  • Salvos Store Op Shop

5. Escape Rooms

Padlocked escape room Gold Coast
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Challenge your wits and teamwork skills by venturing into one of the Gold Coast’s thrilling escape rooms. These indoor experiences provide a perfect refuge from the rain while delivering an adrenaline-pumping adventure. Solve puzzles, unravel mysteries, and work together to escape before the clock runs out. It’s an engaging and immersive way to spend a rainy day with friends or family.

Some of our go-to’s:

  • Padlocked Escape Rooms, Surfers Paradise
  • Fox in a Box Escape Rooms, Surfers paradise
  • Lost Locks Escape Rooms, Surfers Paradise
  • Eclipse Escape, Surfers Paradise


Don’t be bummed when the rain rolls in, the Gold Coast offers a myriad of indoor activities to turn any rainy day into a memorable one. Whether you’re a pub enthusiast, a thrifting aficionado, or a puzzle master, there’s something for everyone to enjoy when the weather doesn’t cooperate. So, don’t let a few raindrops dampen your spirits; instead, embrace the opportunity to explore the Gold Coast in a different light.