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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

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier

While it doesn't get quite cold enough to go skating on the Yarra, Melbourne still has a number of ice skating centres across the city. Perfect for embracing winter (or denying summer) these ice skating venues allow you to hire skates and hop on the ice for a graceful – or not so grateful – skating experience for all ages and skill levels.

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Ice rinks in Melbourne

  • Sport and fitness
  • Docklands

In the heart of the Docklands, O'Brien Icehouse is open to the public every day of the year except Christmas Day. Other facilities include the Igloo Café, St Moritz Bar and a gym. You can book a beginner's lesson, or sign up for Skate School – no matter what your age. Or, of course, just come along for a casual skate.

Olympic Ice Skating Centre
  • Sport and fitness
  • 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 $25 per adult and the rink is open throughout the weekend.


You can learn figure skating, hockey, ice dancing and theatre on ice at this Reservoir rink, or you can book into a general session to show off your skills. Feeling a bit Bambi-ish? IceHQ also offers learn-to-skate classes for kids and adults. 

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