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A pair of feet in ice skates on a rink
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Where to go ice skating in Sydney

Get your skates on and head to these ice rinks for a glide

By Olivia Gee and Alannah Maher

Practice lacing your skates, because a cold breeze is brewing and requests to dress up as characters from Frozen on Sydney’s ice rinks are coming. While some of our favourite icy pop-ups are taking a hiatus this winter (except for one setting up at Darling Harbour for the school holidays), permanent rinks have frosted back up for eager skaters.

Make sure you check in before racing on down in your bedazzled unitard – new rules mean you'll likely need to pre-book and/or have your temperature checked before hitting the ice, and spectators are likely to either incite a visitor fee or be barred completely. That said, there's icy fun in Sydney for the whole family to practice their ice skating twirls, double axles and graceful tumbles.

After you've laced off your skates, you can warm up at one of Sydney's best pubs with a fireplace.

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Permanent icy rinks

Macquarie Ice Rink

Sport and fitness Macquarie Park

This man-made frozen lake has been delighting ice skaters in Sydney for more than 30 years. Plans to demolish the beloved rink to make way for a billion-dollar shopping centre refurb were scrapped last year, so hopefully we’ll be getting another few decades of Friday night ice discos and cheap skating sessions for a $20 flat rate. There are special kids’ activities in the school holidays and a rink-side café to watch the gliding hordes.

Note: Macquarie Ice Rink reopens June 13. As part of the rink's physical distancing measures, pre-bookings are required on weekends and visitor numbers are capped. See the website to make a booking and check out the new rules. 

People ice skating at Ice Zoo
Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan

Ice Zoo

Things to do Ice skating Alexandria

Whether you can do an axel jump in your sleep or stick with clinging to the barrier, you can wear your skates down year round at Ice Zoo. They offer group skating classes that'll help thaw out icy beginners, they’ve got special sessions for toddlers, and cheap tickets for ice twirls on Thursdays and Mondays. Watch ice hockey games if you don’t want to take the icy plunge, or get grooving with the Saturday night DJ if you need music to move to. When you’re not shredding the ice, sip warming brews – and the boozy kind – at the licenced café.

Note: Ice Zoo is welcoming back vistiors from June 13. Pre-bookings are required, see the website to check the new rules and regulations and book in for a session.

People ice skating at a disco night at Penrith Ice Palace.
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Penrith Ice Palace

Things to do Ice skating Western Sydney

The wintery caretakers at the Ice Palace run a tight ship in the school term – there are daily public sessions mixed in with school sporting groups, a Friday night disco, plus broomball (which sounds like a much more relaxed, less fighty version of ice hockey). And there’s also the requisite hockey games to watch. Once the kids knock off for the holidays, the term-time schedule slows down for more happy gliding public skate sessions for all.

Note: Ice Palace is welcoming back skaters from June 13, seven days a week. Rink capacity for all sessions will be capped at 100 people on a first come first served basis, no spectators. Head to the website to check out the new rules and session times. 

People skating on the ice at the LCC Ice Rink.
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Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink

Things to do Ice skating Liverpool

When the rink isn’t taken up by figure skating classes, ice hockey training or special skate training, keen skaters can take to the ice inside the LCC Sports Complex. There are freestyle sessions every day, plus ice skating training courses for all ages. Commiserate over your bruises and the best ice tumbles at the bistro, café or steakhouse, which are all located at the centre.

Note: the LCC Ice Skating Rink reopens Saturday June 20. Skating sessions will resume as per the timetable on the website, excluding weekend disco sessions, which have been cancelled until further notice. There will be a cap of 100 people on the ice at all times. From July 1, the limit will change to one person per four-square-metres. 

People skating on the ice.
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Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink

Things to do Ice skating Canterbury

The magic combo of disco, hockey and freestyle skating is going strong at the Canterbury rink. There are open skate sessions every day and a regular Friday night disco which gets extra oomph in the school holidays, with lunchtime glide sessions running Monday to Friday as well. The hockey season runs year round, so you can take a spectator breather, and there’s a heated canteen for skating fuel. This is an accessible venue and also has a free public car park.

Note: Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink reopened for public skating from June 15, with sessions open from 11am-1pm on weekdays, the return of Friday night discos, and more weekend sessions. Pre-booking not required. See the website for more details.

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