Even during the coldest part of the year, Gold Coast weather errs on the side of mild. Besides the odd shower or cold snap, winter looks a lot like summer and for the most part, and we can take on the worst of the season armed with nought but an umbrella and a jumper.
However, there are a few places defying the moderate temperature of our subtropical climate, and pushing the bounds of physics to provide a bit of transeasonal fun. In a region where the sunscreen industry is eternally booming, you can still lace up and hit the ice at the best skating rinks on the Gold Coast.
Somewhere you might not expect there to be an enormous ice skating rink is smack-bang in the middle of the Gold Coast's most famous Glitter Strip. If it seems alien, then that’s probably why they call it Planet Chill. Located within the Paradise Resort, this rink runs two hour sessions for just $20 a pop. Take a break from the sunshine and sand and cool down with a spin around the rink.
Not the country (though that would be a pretty good place to skate), our Iceland lives in sun-drenched Bundall and pretty much delivers on its promise. They offer some decent student rates for a casual skate, as well as lessons.
Iceland’s skating school is directed by Olympic figure skater, Sharon Burley-Sullivan so you know it’s legit, and lessons go for just $25 (the same prices as a casual session—bargain). They can even teach you how to play ice hockey, which is even better if you bring your whole squad to learn together.
Iceworld Olympic Ice Rinks
Boondall and Acacia Ridge
Before Steven Bradbury competed on Survivor, he worked hard to be an Olympic-level speed skater. Where do you think that talent was honed? Right here in Queensland, mate—and most likely at Iceworld.
This is the only Olympic-sized rink in South East Queensland and offers training facilities for competitors at a national, international, or Olympic level. This is, hands down, one of the best spots to ice skate around the Gold Coast.
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