Top 10 Rainy Days
Yes it’s touristy, but it’s just one of those places you’re going to have to stop at! Looking like an outback cartoon breathed into life, (which it is!), the Ettamogah pub is a celebration of all things true blue Aussie. Decorated with interesting memorabilia, including the 1930’s Chevy Truck perched on its roof, the Ettamogah claims to be the most photographed pub in the world.
Ettamogah is an aboriginal word meaning place of good food and drink, so take a break with a cold beer and order up some classic Aussie tucker from Bluey’s Bar and Grill. The chefs cook up a storm using the best local produce. This is the place to order a hearty steak and don’t miss the fresh damper served with herb and garlic butter. Yum!
Noosa Regional Gallery
For a little culture on the Sunshine Coast, visit Noosa Regional Gallery, located right on the water just adjacent to the Noosa Marina. Wander through small but innovative exhibitions of both local and international artists and pick up a few original gifts in the gallery shop.
The Gallery has a strong focus on education and offers a fabulous free Sunday art and craft session once a month for kids. There’s also an inspiring school holiday programme for budding artists, where the theme is linked to the Gallery’s current exhibition. Caloundra Regional Gallery offers a similar programme of events.
Queensland Air Museum
At the Queensland Air Museum you’ll see a diverse collection of Queensland’s aviation heritage. There are over forty aircraft and other memorabilia on display, including de Havilland, Canberra bombers and a ukulele played by the legendary aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. That’s a long story!
The highlight is the Museum’s open cockpit weekend, held on the first weekend of July each year.
Rollerdrome on Ice
Is it too hot for the beach? Is Queensland’s tropical rain tipping down and driving you and the kids stir crazy? A day out at Rollerdrome on Ice is a great fun for all the family.
There are three skate sessions every day, including evenings, learn to skate classes and special school holiday events. Little ones can skate too, with the support of the Penguin Pal learn to skate aid. Get active and have a go!
Ten Pin Bowling
Have you ever wanted to bowl a strike? Knock over a few pins on holiday then head home and impress your mates with your sharp new skills. Fun for all the family, bowling lanes now offer Kids Bumper Bowling systems, so your little ones can play without the danger of lifting heavy bowling balls.
At Noosa Ten Pin there are eighteen automatic scoring bowling lanes, amusement machines, a disco dance floor and Alley Cats cafe and bar when you need a break. If you’re staying further south, head to Suncity Tenpin for a great day out.
The Apollonian Hotel
The Apollonian Hotel is nothing less than a local institution. Built during the heady days of Gympie’s gold rush (1870’s), this lovely old Queenslander was relocated to its current location on the shores of Lake Cootharaba. Now standing serenely on three and a half acres, the Apollonian’s wide verandas and open fire places offer a welcome place to stop and spend a few hours. You might even catch a glimpse of some kangaroos!
Sunday lunch is legendary. Featuring live entertainment in the beer garden and a wood-fired spit roast with all the trimmings it’s a great place to chill out for the afternoon. And if you can’t make it home, there is some tidy budget accommodation available in separate restored railway buildings out the back.
The Majestic Theatre
Travel back in time and experience the golden age of silent cinema at the Majestic Theatre in Pomona. Built in 1921, this grand old building has been host to all kinds of entertainment, from debutante balls to boxing matches. It’s now community owned and run by a passionate group of silent movie aficionados.
Thursday evening is Fork and Film night. Enjoy a meal and movie deal and swoon over Rudolph Valentino at his best in The Son of the Sheik, accompanied by a live pipe organ accompaniment. Alternatively, catch a matinee session and spend the day exploring country life. The Pomona country markets are on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and the Apollonian Hotel is a great place to stop and dine with the locals on your way home.
The Ginger Factory
Whether you're looking for fun, family activities or a relaxed setting to meet with friends, the Ginger Factory has something for everyone. With leisurely shopping and special treats, entertaining tours, rides, shows and fabulous food, The Ginger Factory is the authentic taste of Queensland.
Sometimes if it's raining outside the only thing to do is to go shopping - inside! Flex the credit card and head to The Sunshine Plaza. Slap bang in the middle of the Sunshine Coast and perfect to take the kids with you as well. Yes - a shopping plaza that's kids friendly! Not only will you find the big stores like MYERS, KMART and TARGET, there are hoards of independent retailers selling anything from home ware, clothes, jewellery and toys.
If all that shopping has got too much then stroll out to the food court and choose what restaurant you want. Offering anything from sushi ,burgers and pasta. If the rain has decided to stop you can eat by the river. There's even a pub if you fancy trying English pub grub called The Pig and Whistle!
If it's still persistent and won't stop raining even after a hard days shopping then why not catch a movie to round off your day at The Sunshine Coast Plaza. Boasting 14 screens in comfortable surroundings there is sure to be a movie for you . Just don't forget the popcorn!