10 wet weather activities on the Sunshine Coast

THE Sunshine Coast is renowned for its beautiful, great outdoors, from beaches to mountain trails and everything in between.

For many locals, weekends are spent at the sports field, in the surf, at the park, four-wheel-driving on the beach or in the hinterland, or in the pursuit of any number of outdoor adventures.

But what happens when the weather turns?

Maybe you’re happy to stay in on the couch and watch Netflix, but for those who are itching to get out and about, there are plenty of options.

1. Bounce

Head to The Big Boing at Birtinya to burn up endless amounts of energy on wall-to-wall trampolines. Go with or without the kids, it’s fun for everyone.

2. Climb

Want to try rock climbing in a controlled environment? You can start with the basics at Rockit Climbing Gym at Birtinya, where they will harness you up, give you the safety run down, and set you on your way. Take a partner to man the rope while you climb.

3. Bowl ’em over

An oldie but a goodie, 10 pin bowling is still a great option for wet weather fun. Head toSuncity Tenpin at Alexandra Headland, Spinners Bar and Bowl at Caloundra or Noosa Tenpinfor a few games.

4. Get cultured

When was the last time you checked out some of the Sunshine Coast’s incredible art exhibitions? Art galleries across the region showcase some fantastic works. A rainy day is the perfect time to expand your horizons. The USC Art Gallery, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Art on Cairncross, The Secret Gallery in Montville, Art Nuvo in Buderim and Noosa Regional Gallery are just a few to check out.

5. Go stealth

One word: Lazerzone. If you’re bored of shoot ’em up video games try out one of the nearest things to it in real life, without the injuries of course. Lazerzone is at Warana. Or try Lazer Tag in Noosa.

6. Skate

Even if you haven’t been on eight wheels since you were a child, roller skating (or roller-blading) is just like riding a bike. Relive your early teens at Rollerdrome Caloundra.

7. Hit the ball pit

If you’ve got really little children indoor playgrounds, like Chipmunks Playland and Cafe, are a great option. Take the kids, and enjoy a cup of coffee where you can see them having a ball.

8. Long lunch

With hundreds of cafes and restaurants on the Sunshine Coast serving up delicious savoury dishes and sweet treats, a rainy day is the perfect time to take a long lunch and watch the world go by.

9. Nature’s power

If you don’t mind getting a bit wet, watching the hinterland transformed by the rain can be a real treat. Head to Wappa Dam or Baroon Pocket Dam when the lakes are overflowing and watch the water roar over the spillway. The volume of water flowing over and the sound it makes can be pretty amazing.

10. For the bookworms

Here’s one you might not have thought of – go to the library. Half of the joy of going to the library is exploring the shelves and finding the books, not just taking the books home. Plus there are plenty of events happening at local libraries. Check out the websites for details.