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Where to go ice skating in Melbourne

Whether you're a fearful edge-clinger, a perpetual twirler or a gangling scrambler, ice skating is a cool way to spend a day

ice skating
Trevor Mein
By Time Out editors |

Catapult yourself back into winter or escape the hot summer heat at one of Melbourne's two ice rinks. Regardless of your ability, ice skating is fun and accessible for all (especially when there's a pumping soundtrack blasting through the arena). Here's our rundown of the best spots for ice skating in Melbourne.

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Ice rinks in Melbourne

O'Brien Group Arena ice skating
Sport and fitness, Ice hockey

O’Brien Group Arena

icon-location-pin Docklands

In the heart of Docklands, O’Brien Group Arena is open to the public every day of the year (except Christmas Day). Take a break from skating and enjoy a bite to eat at the Igloo Café, a drink at the St Moritz Bar or a workout at the gym. Entry and skate hire will set the adults back $27 each ($22 without skate hire) and $14-$23 for kids (or $9-18 without skate hire). Remember to wrap up warm as the rink sits at a cool 16 degrees.

Olympic Ice Skating Centre
Sport and fitness, Ice hockey

Olympic Ice Skating Centre

icon-location-pin Clayton South

Grown ups, families and birthday parties are welcome at this eastside ice rink. Skates are free to hire and you can get stuck into all sorts of lessons, including figure skating, ice hockey and speed skating. Or, just hang out on the rink. Prices are quite reasonable at $24 per adult and the rink is open throughout the weekend (there's even a Saturday night disco).

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A malted milk soft serve covered in sprinkles
Photograph: Graham Denholm
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