A Long List of Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Plan B when you’re stuck indoors

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Toowoomba does a rainy day very well.

Icy winds that cut through your jacket not withstanding, there’s a lot of beauty in a dark, rainy day. But Toowoombians are so used to beautiful weather, that we often take it for granted when the outdoors is no longer an option.

But don’t worry. Your friends at TFG have you sorted with a list of things to do on a rainy day in Toowoomba.


  1. Relive your tween years and go indoor bowling. Try Sunset Superbowl or Bazinga Entertainment Centre, which charge basically the same price. $16 for two games is not bad for an afternoon!

  2. Test yourself at the Tick Tock Escape Room. Book in for an hour with some friends, and then follow up with a huge dinner in a cosy corner of El Attar.

  3. Get a crazy amount of cardio in as you jump around the indoor trampolines at Kloud9ine. Sessions start on the hour, and you can just turn up without booking. Who’s up for a killer game of dodgeball?

  4. Visit one of the city’s international grocery stores, and spend the afternoon cooking something completely new (to you).

  5. Enjoy a glass of wine or two on the (covered) rooftop at George Banks, watching the rain fall on the city below.

  6. Explore the city through its antiques. Have a delicious brunch at Ortem to kick things off.

  7. Join in a workshop at Tinker and learn how to do any number of things – watercolour painting, flower arranging, or jewellery making. They’re always adding to their roster, so check back in.

  8. See a show – whether it be ballet, a play, comedy, or who knows what else – at the Empire Theatre. They always have something surprising in their season. Start or finish with dinner across the way at Walton Stores, or stop into Encores for some white linen.

  9. Hunt down some local music talent and support their act.

  10. Sign up for a free membership at the library. Members are entitled to borrow from a huge range of books, magazines and newspapers. Either find some new reads to take home, or settle down into one of their reading areas and get stuck in.

  11. Challenge some friends to a few games of air hockey at iPlay in Grand Central. Between the arcade games and Baskin-Robbins, you’ll be able to amuse yourself for a few hours. Then pop over to Vapiano on the other side of the road for drinks and pizza.

  12. Treat yo’self to a spa day. Why not try the Salt Caves, or maybe an infrared sauna? Maybe you need a massage? Or go for that old stand-by: a facial.

  13. Bunker down and get delivery.

  14. Get your heart pumping with some laser tag at Bazinga Entertainment Centre, and then some happy hour drinks up the road at Potter’s.

  15. Browse around some secondhand bookstores with a coffee in hand. Then go home and cancel any plans.

  16. Go to the movies, obviously.

  17. Check out the Cobb+Co Museum, followed by tea and scones in the café. There’s often an art exhibition or workshop happening.

  18. Grab a beer at 4 Brothers, and settle in for a few rounds of Connect Four.

  19. Browse the collection at Bunker Records with a cup of single origin in hand by their neighbour, Bunker Espresso.

So, pick yourself up off the couch and get out there (or not – no judgment). Did we miss your favourite rainy day activity? Let us know!


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Phoebe Tully