There’s plenty to do in the Whitsundays in rainy weather. Picture: File
There’s plenty to do in the Whitsundays in rainy weather. Picture: File

What to do in the Whitsundays on a rainy day

The Whitsundays has become the Wetsundays this week with rain set to continue over the coming days.

But rest assured, there’s still plenty to do when the sun is hiding.

Here’s a list of activities to keep the whole family entertained during a rainy Whitsunday holiday:

Catch a movie

There’s only one thing better than curling up to a movie on a rainy day, and that’s curling up to a movie in an iconic cinema.

Bowen Summergarden Cinemas is a blast from the past that has hosted several cinema greats over the years as well as the premiere of the movie Australia.

There is plenty currently on show for movie buffs of all tastes including Superintelligence, Dragon Rider, Wonder Woman 1984 and The Croods: The New Age.

Check out all the movie times here.

Bowen Summergarden Theatre owner Ben De Luca. Picture: File
Bowen Summergarden Theatre owner Ben De Luca. Picture: File

Chase some waterfalls

With all the rainfall over the past few days, Cedar Creek Falls is well and truly flowing.

The waterfalls are found about a 15-minute drive from the Bruce Highway near Mount Julian, or around half an hour from Airlie Beach.

Bring a towel and go for a quick dip or simply marvel at the cascades.

However, there is a dirt road leading to the falls that can be dangerous during wet weather so be sure to drive with care.

Park up with a good brew

Airlie Beach may be known as a drinking town with a sailing problem, but they also do a great cup of coffee.

The Treehouse, Le Shack and Fat Frog are all go-to places for a warm caffeine hit.

In Proserpine, try 22 Buttercup Lane or Whitsunday Gold Coffee.

Bowen also has plenty of options including Le Sorelle and The cafe at Horseshoe Bay.

Proserpine Museum secretary Michele Dibbens, president Aisla Reinke and vice-president Gay Gillies
Proserpine Museum secretary Michele Dibbens, president Aisla Reinke and vice-president Gay Gillies

Marvel at years gone by

Take a step back in history with a visit to the Proserpine Museum.

Spend hours getting lost in the history of the town and the wider Whitsundays with a little help from the museum’s dedicated volunteers.

You’ll find everything from an old printing press to war memorabilia and even vehicles from days gone by.

The museum is closed on the weekends but is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Pick up a good book

Disconnect from the hustle and bustle and find yourself a nice warm corner to dive into a new read.

The Beach Book Boutique in Airlie Beach has plenty of second-hand books up for grabs along with some newer releases.

Splash some cash

There are plenty of unique shops dotted around the Whitsundays that are perfect for browsing when the weather is looking grim.

In Airlie Beach, you can bag a new outfit at one of the several quirky stores like Airllywood, Pearl Boutique and Court and Spark Boutique.

In Proserpine, get lost in a kaleidoscope of colours at Colour Me Crazy.

Airllywood owner Mary-Anne Sullivan stocks a range of unique clothes and gifts. Picture: Laura Thomas
Airllywood owner Mary-Anne Sullivan stocks a range of unique clothes and gifts. Picture: Laura Thomas

Go Diving

One thing about being beneath the surface of the ocean is that it doesn’t matter if it’s raining- you’ll be getting wet anyway!

There are plenty of diving and scuba tours on offer for visitors that span from an afternoon of activities to several days at sea.

Get in the kitchen

When there’s a storm brewing outside, why not bring it into the kitchen?

The Whitsundays is famous for fresh produce with a range of fruit and vegetable in season throughout the year.

Grab some Bowen mangoes and whip up a desert or throw together a healthy salad with ingredients straight from the farm.