Ice Skating in Sydney

7 May 2014


Ice skating is a great way to break the ice on a first date. Avoid a total meltdown by enjoying one of everyone’s favourite winter pastimes.

Fortunately, Sydney is one of the coolest cities in the world and there are a tonne of ice skating rinks to choose from.

So don’t slip up. Check out one of these ice skating spots this winter:

1) Darling Harbour

Arguably one of Sydney’s most scenic drawcards, Darling Harbour adds a new dynamic in winter with an open-air ice rink. The Winter Festival will run from 13 June – 13 July in 2014, and is moving from its home in St. Mary’s Cathedral to Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. Along with ice skating, there’ll be ice hockey shoot-outs, firework displays and even snow cannons! With winter fun for the entire family, Darling Harbour will serve to be the hub of this year’s Winter Festival.

2) Bondi Winter Magic

Everyone needs a little magic in their lives. Winter Magic returns to Bondi in May 2014 in front of the Bondi Pavilion, giving everyone the chance to become a magician on ice. The annual event features a huge outdoor skating rink, a variety of ice shows and even skating lessons for children with the adorable Ice Pal penguins. Don’t get frozen out of this enchanting experience!

3) Macquarie Ice Rink

Can’t wait for winter? Head on over to Macquarie Ice Rink and get some skating practice in before everyone else. Macquarie Ice Rink is open year ‘round (except for Christmas) and is a popular school holiday spot. With ice skating lessons available as well as ice hockey competitions and a kiddies club, the rink caters for beginners to more experienced skaters.

Always bustling with people, Macquarie Ice Rink is a great place to stay cool and have fun in any season.

4) Sydney Ice Arena

One of Australia’s premier skating facilities, Sydney Ice Arena boasts an Olympic quality rink that is suitable for every skating activity under the sun. They even have disco nights during the weekend for maximum funk on ice. Whether you want to race around like an Olympian or just play ice tag with your friends, Sydney Ice Arena is a great place to be.

5) Hunter Valley Gardens

For an escape from Sydney just three hours from the CBD, in the heart of the Hunter vineyards you’ll find the majestic Hunter Valley Gardens. Hosting Snow Time in the Garden each winter, there’s no better place to chill out these school holidays. You’ll have a ball regardless of whether you’re a novice or grizzled veteran. After skating, go marvel at the ice sculptures, partake in a friendly snowball throwing bout and take in the beauty of the Formal Gardens covered in pure white snow.

Don’t be left out in the cold. There may be no forecast for snow, but there’s still plenty of places to go ice skating in Sydney this winter.