Perth isn't a place that many would associate with ice skating—us Perthlings don't bat an eyelash at 40 degree days and complain when the temps hit lows of 18—but it turns out ice skating in Perth is very possible and it's all sorts of fun.
It’s something pretty much all of us have tried and long-since forgotten, but surely it’s about time ice skating made a comeback. It’s infinitely cheaper than most of our other hobbies, but also, what could be better than a few laps around the rink, pumping up the jam to a few choice tracks from the 90’s?
Whether you're trying to escape the summer heat or you want to make the most of winter, Perth has the goods when it comes to ice ice baby.
Here’s where you can go ice skating in Perth.
Xtreme Ice Arena
If it can be done on the ice, you can bet Xtreme Ice Arena is doing it. Offering everything from figure skating lessons to ice hockey classes to birthday parties and bumper cars (yes, bumper cars on ice!) there’s definitely something here for everyone of all ages. And with general entry starting from just $10 (plus $5 for skate hire), it’s a super affordable and super fun way to kill a few hours. Oh, and here’s something that’s going to make you move and groove: DISCO LASER NIGHTS on Friday and Saturday nights, complete with DJ and all the 80s / 90s tunes you can possibly handle. This will be one of your fave places to go ice skating in Perth in no time!
Perth Ice Arena
As home to the official Perth Thunder ice hockey team, you’d be forgiven for thinking Perth Ice Arena is all about sports, when in fact, they’ve got a whole lot more to offer. Sure, you can learn to play hockey, but you can also test out your athletic abilities with a figure skating lesson or two, or grab your mates and bust a move at disco night. General skate entry (including skate hire) will set you back a measly $20, and discounts apply for group bookings. We feel a birthday party plan coming on…
Cockburn Ice Arena
Ever had a sweet sweet fantasy of becoming a synchronised skater? No, neither have we, but now we know there is such a thing, we might just book in for a lesson. But if you’d rather avoid potential embarrassment (err, totally likely), you might just prefer something a little simpler. In addition to all the usual suspects—ice hockey, figure skating and such—Cockburn Ice Arena also offers mid-week ‘Cheapskate’ sessions (best pun ever?!) on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8-10pm. And at only $15 a pop including skates, it’s a cheap and cheerful way to spice up your life.
Winterworld hits Fremantle each year in June and brings with it Australia's largest outdoor ice skating rink. This year it will be setting up shop from 23 June to 15 July, so get down there and make the most of it. The National Hotel's pop up bar will be serving mulled wine and a few other drinks to keep you warm, but if you're still cold, there will be plenty of food and a few fire pits that you can surely steal some heat from!
Skating At Elizabeth Quay
Skating At Elizabeth Quay was a total hit last year, so we're pretty pumped that it will be hitting Perth city again in winter this year—bigger and better than ever according to the event organisers. This one will also be running from 23 June to 15 July, so if you can't make to to Freo, you're in luck!
Ok ok, we're done with the 90s puns… for now at least.
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Image credit: Winterworld Fremantle