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Things to do when it rains in Sydney

Don't despair! You don't need the sun to have fun in Sydney. Here are our favourite rainy day activities.

Photograph: Andreas Andersson

Just because the skies are falling, doesn't mean you have to sit around doing nothing... 

We may be a city that struggles when the heavens part but look hard enough and there's a bunch of fun to be had in a downpour. The key is staying out of it with these great rainy day activities:

Get some culture in you

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Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – from major institutions like the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, to incredible privately-owned by publically acessible (and free!) galleries like White Rabbit and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and right down to a thriving scene of independent and artist-run initiatives. Below are some of our favourites.

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Have an indoors adventure

Get sporty
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Get sporty

The city has a number of fun indoor activities at your carefully-curled-for-a-volleyball-pike fingertips. Here are some of the best and where you can try them.

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Discover your inner kid

From dodgem cars to shooting lasers, these under cover activities are fun (and they'll keep you forever young).

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Make a great escape

Puzzle rooms are taking Sydney by storm. Every time we check, another two seem to be popping up out of nowhere – and each one raises the bar with thrilling new ideas.

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Go arcade-crazy
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Go arcade-crazy

Let's face it, it's fun to get competitive That's why you need games. More specifically, arcade games. When it's looking like an indoor sort of weekend, hole up in these fun-time pubs and spend all your pocket money on pinball and beers

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Head out for a drink

The best underground bars in Sydney
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The best underground bars in Sydney

There's a lot of good reasons to head down rather than up when you're feeling parched. Underground it's always party o'clock, because even if it's 2pm, it feels like after dark. Plus you have no external cues as to the lateness of the hour so a quick drink can turn into a big night very easily. Drinking below street level is also deliciously climate controlled so on a blazing hot summer's day, or a torrential downpour, your best bet is posting up in one of Sydney's best booze cellars.

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The best pubs with fireplaces in Sydney
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The best pubs with fireplaces in Sydney

Looking for a pub fit for hibernating? Try Sydney's cosiest pubs with fireplaces, entertainment, friendly nooks and more...

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The best brewery bars in Sydney
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The best brewery bars in Sydney

Rain = beer time, right? At least that's the equation we've always lived by. So we suggest you head straight to the source.

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The best hidden bars in Sydney
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Go on an adventure through secret alleys and winding stairwells to find these hidey-hole bars, far from the great big wet.

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