Whether you’ve got the pizazz of Chazz and Jimmy from Blades of Glory, or legs like Bambi, there’s room for all levels of skating ability at these pop-up winter ice rinks. Cling on to the outer edges or pirouette with pride. Warm up afterwards with one of the best hot chocolates in Sydney or by the fireplace at these local boozers. Or thaw out with the best winter cocktails in Sydney.
Go ice skating on your lunch break this winter. For three weeks over June and July, you’ll be able to ice skate every day – and late into the evening – at an open-air ice rink at forecourt of St Mary’s Cathedral. There’ll be real snow (pumped out of a machine) and you’ll be able to warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate from the apres-ski food vendors. Make a night of it and get dinner from Bao Burger and Taiwan Noodle House, the German Sausage Hut or a chip-on-a-stick from Tornado Potato. Plus there’ll be an ice slide – which sounds dangerously fun. For nervous skaters, ask for a ‘Kanga’ – it’s a pushalong aid to help with balance.
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. 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.
Embrace the chill in the air and head down to Parramatta's Prince Alfred Square for some frosty winter fun. Carve up the ice on Sydney's biggest open-air skating rink, or rug up and hit the snow play area, where you can throw snowballs and frolic in man-made snow. After some fast-paced thrills? Go for a whirl on carnival rides or hit up the 28-metre-long toboggan slide. A huge illuminated ferris wheel will also be rotating, with great views over Parramatta.
Winter has hit Myer Sydney City on George Street: Wonderland on level six has been transformed into an ice skating rink. In store until July 16, the rink will be a great way to experience skating in a safe indoor environment. Sessions run for 45 minutes and skaters are advised to arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to your session commencement to allow time to get your skates fitted. Skate aids are available for purchase at the rink for $10. Plus, you can pair your skate with sweet treats from Doughnut Time and Mister Fitz.
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Macquarie Ice Rink has recently completed a multi-million-dollar transformation. They’re making ice-skating more fun. There will be bubble soccer, around-the-clock music videos screening during sessions and a brand-new compressor and dehumidifier to create optimum skating conditions at all times. hey’ll be ice hockey games to watch throughout the season, a new rink-side café and special activities during the school holidays. The cheapest times to skate are Mon-Fri 11.30am-1pm and Wednesday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm, when tickets are $20. Otherwise prices are $23-$25. Kids under five get in for $10 with a paying adult.