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Top Ice Skating Rinks
Due to the climate and culture, winter sports like ice-hockey and ice skating have always been destined to struggle in Australia under the shadows of rugby, AFL, football and cricket. However, our country still boasts plenty of great venues where you can take part, recreationally or competitively, in your favourite ice-rink based activities. Here is a quick tour of the best Australia has to offer.
SYDNEY ICE ARENA (New South Wales)
Just 40 minutes out of Sydney’s CBD is Sydney Ice Arena, Australia’s self-proclaimed premier ice skating facility. This Olympic-sized arena boasts stadium seating, major function areas, change rooms, hockey shops and past visits from some of the country’s biggest celebrities. Not too far away, over in Macquarie Park is the city’s other go-to ice-skating and hockey venue: Macquarie Ice Rink. Located in Macquarie Shopping Centre, this rink is conveniently close to a whole range of cafes, restaurants and retail outlets. Working in a skating session into your itinerary for the family or as part of a date has never been easier.
MEDIBANK ICEHOUSE (Victoria)
Down in Melbourne, Medibank Icehouse is the only place you need to go to satisfy your ice-skating needs. The impressive modern venue is also Australia’s newest and is home to two Olympic-sized rinks. Head down for Friday’s Hot 40 night or Saturday night’s Ice Disco. Both weekly events are perfect opportunities to either show off your expertise or take advantage of free beginner lessons.
COCKBURN ICE ARENA (Western Australia)
On the other side of the country, Cockburn Ice Arena is Western Australia’s largest ice sports venue. Just south of Perth City, Cockburn is the ideal location for parties and group activities. Participate in one of the classes in skating or hockey that are offered throughout the week or take things at your own pace at one of the public sessions.
Brisbane’s Iceworld presents locals with two locations for escaping the Queensland heat. Iceworld Acacia Ridge, 20km to the south of the city, and Iceworld Boondall, 20km to the north, both offer a refreshing alternative to the traditional climate-appropriate activities of Australia’s sunshine state. If you want something more than just casual ice-skating, be sure to try out curling, ice-hockey, speed-skating, figure skating and synchronized skating.
ICE ARENA (South Australia)
For the two best ice-skating experiences that South Australia has to offer, head down to Adelaide’s Ice Arena. Fridge Fridays and Subzero Saturdays enhance your ice-skating experience with a live DJ and night-club atmosphere. On top of these weekly events, Ice Arena also hosts a themed Frosty Friday party every month.
THE PHILLIP SWIMMING & ICE SKATING CENTRE (Australian Capital Territory)
The Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre is one of the best recreational facilities in the ACT. If the added bonus of a heated eight-lane Olympic sized swimming pool isn’t enough to get you down to the territory’s only ice-rink, then check out the centre’s prices. With all sessions between $13-16, this activity is, comparatively, very easy-going on your wallet. Take part in a Friday night disco or come down on game day to catch the Canberra Knights taking part in the Australian Ice Hockey League.
Don’t let finances, inexperience or inconvenience factor into your next decision for where to take the family, friends or significant other for your next outing. All of these great venues offer unforgettable and affordable activities that can be enjoyed all year round.
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