9 things to do when the weather is miserable in Brisbane

The majority of the time we are blessed with near perfect weather in Brisbane. However, for a few days a year it can either be too hot or too wet/cold to venture outside. Panic not, as there are plenty of indoor options available for the fun to continue.

  • Queensland Museum

Forget about stuffy old rooms with colourless stuffed animals on display. Queensland Museum is housed in a huge, light and airy building on the corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets within in the Southbank Cultural Precinct. This museum tells the complex story of a changing Queensland covering natural history, cultural heritage as well as science and human achievements.

There is always something new to discover as the museum houses both permanent and changing exhibitions. The changing exhibitions are often big drawing cards like Dinosaur Discovery which runs from 27 March to 5 October 2015.

This exhibition explores life on earth as it was 145 million years ago and features 20 animated, life-size models including T-Rex and Queensland’s own Muttaburrasaurus.

Brisbane Musuem, Dinasours

Source:  Queensland Museum

  • Science centre

This is a great place for children of all ages with many of the displays allowing visitors a hands-on experience of science at work. It is located on level 1 of the Queensland Museum and admission costs apply. Please be aware that it gets very busy during school holidays and it is advised that you pre-purchase your tickets online during these times to avoid disappointment.


  • Queensland Art Gallery

The art gallery is situated just a short walk from Queensland Museum at Stanley Place. It is Queensland’s premier art institution and well worth a visit. The gallery’s collection includes a number of significant artworks including some remarkable examples of Indigenous art.

The flagship project of the gallery is the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series. If you have young children, I suggest you visit GOMA which is a mere 150m away from the art gallery.


  • GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art)

This is a fun environment that does not feel like an art gallery at all. There is a strong child friendly and hands-on approach at this gallery.

Take for example the Toddler Tuesdays that are scheduled from February to November. It provides toddlers and their carers the opportunity to explore art through games, storytelling and interactivity. Each session is 45 minutes long and suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years … and it is FREE! However, you do need to make a booking and some terms and conditions apply.

Brisbane Goma

Source:  GOMA

  • Southbank Cinemas

Going to the cinema to escape the weather is an age old favourite. The Cineplex offers a choice of 6 films at such great prices that you could easily go for a movie marathon and forget about the unpleasant weather.

  • The Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane is located in the Parklands at Southbank. It is a gentle ride that provides stunning views of the city. You can also take home a souvenir photo of your adventure.

  • Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The planetarium is located in the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. It offers shows catering for both children and adults. Highlights include the recreation of the night sky on the projection dome and a life-size replica of Neil Armstrong’s lunar space suit.

  • Iceworld

If you have extra energy to burn, why not head over to Iceworld? The cool air is a welcome change on humid days. However, be sure to rug up – yes even on hot humid days – as you’ll soon be shivering. There is a coffee shop to help you thaw out too. South of Brisbane you will find Iceworld at Acacia Ridge and north of Brisbane there is one at Boondall. Both locations offer sessions 7 days a week.

  • QLD Maritime Museum

This is a delightful museum to explore at your leisure. Maybe not perfect when it is coming down in buckets as a big part of what is on display is located outside. For more information, head over to our blog update on the museum.