Skate on the largest beachside ice rink in the Southern Hemisphere and ride the Bondi Eye
In July, Bondi Beach will come to life with non-stop entertainment for its annual Winter Magic Festival. The biggest drawcard of this year’s festival is the new 32-metre high ferris wheel called the Bondi Eye, which will give visitors a 360-degree view of the beachy ’burb. Don’t worry, it’ll be perfectly warm up there in a glass box, sheltered from the coastal breeze. It’ll be particularly spectacular at night as the gondola has LEDs with 35 different changing colours and patterns. Tickets start from $8 per person for a single ride or $30 for four people.
Of course, one of the most popular activities during the Winter Magic Festival is the beachside ice rink. It’s open from June 30 to July 16 (so during the school holidays, but running shorter than the rest of the festival) and skating is $22 for adults; $69 for family tickets. The rink will be open every day until 9pm, with ice show performances every Saturday at 5.45pm and ice hockey on Sundays from 5.45pm. If you’re bambi on ice, you can brush up on your skills with lessons from 9am on weekends ($29 per lesson).
In addition to the attractions, there’ll be a two-week fringe festival called the Bondi Feast (July 18-29), which will fill the Pavilion with theatre, music, art and food stalls every Tuesday to Friday. There’ll be 60-plus performances from sci-fi cabaret to Alanis Morissette sing-a-longs. Tickets start at $10 and you can watch the shows with mulled wine in hand.
As part of the festival, there’s a one-day showcase of local art on Roscoe Street called ‘Art on the Streets’ on Sunday July 16. There’ll be 30 artists and photographers exhibiting their works. And on Sunday July 30, the baton is passed to local musos who’ll perform at Bondi Town Centre.