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Six Sydney Ice Skating Rinks to Spin Around This Winter

The time for ice skating and basking in the wintry weather is here.
By Noelle Monge
July 05, 2018
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Six Sydney Ice Skating Rinks to Spin Around This Winter

The time for ice skating and basking in the wintry weather is here.
By Noelle Monge
July 05, 2018
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SIX SYDNEY ICE SKATING RINKS TO SPIN AROUND THIS WINTER

The time for ice skating and basking in the wintry weather is here.

Due to the chilly weather, there are only some activities you truly feel like doing during the winter months. While cosying up by a fireplace and eating comfort food are two of them, one involves actually going outside: ice skating. And this year Sydney has six top-notch ice skating rinks you can practise your best Nancy Kerrigan moves on.

So don your warmest winter woollies, grab your bestie, date or fam, and head to your closest — or jump in a car, bus or train and visit all six. You'll find them by the beach and by the harbour, decked out with stalls serving up mulled wine and gözlemes, and alongside giant ferris wheels and tobogganing ice slides.

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    Bondi Ice Skating

    In Sydney, the water doesn’t freeze over in winter — except in Bondi. The suburb’s beachside ice skating rink will pop up again for three weeks this year, giving you the chance to glide over ice as you watch surfers ride waves in the ocean. The rink will be set up at Bondi Beach Pavilion from June 29 until July 22. Skate sessions will start on the hour each hour from 10am till 9pm. Each turn on the ice and skate hire will cost $22 for adults — and, if you’ve got kids in-tow, $12 for toddlers, $18 for kids and $69 for the whole fam. For those who need to brush-up on their skating skills, there will be classes Saturdays at 9am — they cost $29 and include entry into the following 10am session. Less of a skater and more of a watcher? There will be ice show performances on Saturdays at 5.45pm and ice hockey demonstrations on Sundays.

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    Parramatta Winterlight 2018

    The Winterlight wonderland in Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Square‚ back for a third year, and from July 6, you can delve into the kind of winters that the Starks seem to fear so much: a snowy, fun winter. The installation boasts all the icy activities you could ever want. If gliding around a treacherous ice pond with knives attached to your boots is your bag (known as ‘ice skating’), you’ll be delighted to know there’s a large ice rink planned. But if you’re more of a demure ice frolicker, the ice toboggan may be more your thing. Or perhaps a trip down a slick ice slide? The world is your cold, wet oyster. A turn about the rink will set adults (14 years and older) back $23, but after you ease your tired feet back into normal shoes and try to remember how to walk, the real fun begins. Winterlight is decked out with a delicious, delicious village serving up Turkish gozleme, hot chocolates, bratwurst and burgers. And really, aren’t bratwurst and mugs of hot chocolate the real spirit of winter?

    Images: Ali Mousawi.

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    Skating At Sydney Festival 2018

    Sydney winters mightn’t be known for their ice and snow; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t slide across a frozen surface in the centre of the city. From June 29 to July 22, St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt will become a winter wonderland thanks to the return of the Skating At Sydney Festival. With the event back for another year, all of the frosty fabulousness Sydneysiders know and love will return to the CBD. It’s the next best thing to heading to Europe when it’s oh-so-cool, just without the bone-chilling, teeth-chattering cold. The lineup of events includes not only regular ice skating, but a ‘date and skate’ night each Tuesday, plus a 90-themed disco evening every Thursday from 5pm. This will see you skating to 90s bangers and sipping $10 espresso martinis. Entry to the area is free, but you’ll have to pay for all of the fun stuff, with the fest open from 10am–9pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am–11pm on Thursday and Friday, 9am–11pm on Saturdays and 9am–10pm on Sundays.

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    Bathurst Winter Festival 2018

    Grab your woollies and get ready to celebrate all things chilly at the Bathurst Winter Festival. The two-week event celebrates the magic of the colder months — just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get out and have a fun time. Bathurst will light up in a blaze of colour as interactive light installations project onto the town’s historic architecture. Rug up and head along to the Winter Playground, where you can get your Nancy Kerrigan on at the ice-skating rink. Kids and adults alike will enjoy riding the giant ferris wheel. Held on the first and second Saturday, there will be two twilight Festival Nights. The first, Ignite the Night, will kick off the festival with local tunes and stunning light shows scattered around the village. The second, Brew and Bite, features twilight markets, with gourmet food trucks and lots of the all-essential mulled wine.

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    As the winter chill takes over Sydney’s lower north shore, you have two choices: you can achieve hermit status by staying at home, or you can make the most of a cold situation and head down to Luna Park Sydney’s Winterfest. Running from Friday, July 6 to Monday, July 23 the amusement park will be offering a bevvy of food and wintry activities to suit all visitors, with an ice skating rink as the star of the show. On Friday and Saturday nights, Luna Park will stay open until 10pm making it a top date night destination. Follow up with a romantic ferris wheel ride, then get cosy at a pop-up stall serving Baileys hot chocolate, caramel pretzels and gooey s’mores. Plus, there’ll be some helpful penguin skating aids available to help anyone navigating the rink for the first time. On-site retro food outlet Helter Skelter will keep the family well-fed with carnival favourites including hot dogs, burgers and dagwood dogs.

    Image: Oliver Minnett

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    Winterland North Sydney

    One of the best ways to celebrate winter is to spend a chilly day spinning around an ice skating rink. From July 6–22, St Leonards Park will transform into Winterland North Sydney with ice-centric amusement and carnival rides for all. Ice skating sessions are run hourly each day, giving you 45 minutes to show off your skills in the rink. On Saturdays, you can watch ice show performances at 6.45pm and enjoy ice hockey demonstrations on Sundays at 3.45pm. There’ll also be a chance to go tobogganing down a snow-covered slide (with three rides for $10). If you need a break from the ice, step in line for carnival attractions, like a scenic ferris wheel, or go to the food village for some hot chocolate and other cosy creations. Festivities will kick off with an ice show and other entertainment at 7pm on Friday, July 6. For tickets and times, visit the Winterland North Sydney Facebook page.

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Top image: Luna Park, Oliver Minnett

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