Ice rinks are the closest things to a wintery wonderland Sydneysiders are going to get. Lucky for you guys our fair city will lay claim to four chilled AF reasons to get out and about this winter. Just think of all the amazing Insta stories you’ll be able to send to your friends, and the cute winter attire you can sport on the rink, errrrrryone will be asking—who is that girl flat on her ass in the so-on-trend jacket (amirite?).
Whether you’re an elegant ice-skater or simply an unco klutz (that’d be us), you’re in for one amazingly chill (geddit) time at Sydney's outdoor ice rinks.
Skate and Slide
At Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta you’ll find Sydney’s largest open-air ice rink, complete with a casual 30-metre ICE SLIDE! Never seen an ice slide before? That’s because this is Sydney’s only ice slide, so you’re going to want to catch it before it goes (that’d be until 22 July if we’re getting technical). Think all the comforting, euro-style winter food you can handle, from Dutch poffertjes to German hotdogs. We should mention their two-for-one Tuesday offer, which ICYMI means you get two for one across all of the foods and even your entry tickets. In other words, this is Budget baller date night 101.
This year, Luna Park is hosting a Winterfest like no other. Their outdoor ice rink is the main attraction (open between 6 and 23 July), free with a Luna Park pass). Warm up with hot food from the new retro food outlet Helter Skelter, the Americana-inspired Hungry Horse or at The Deck Sydney for stunning harbour views.
Bondi Ice Rink
Back again for another spectacular year is Bondi’s famous ice rink. Book yourself into an ice skating class (great idea if you’re not a professional figure skater) or watch ice hockey and ice show performances each Saturday and Sunday between Friday 29 June and Sunday 22 July. Happening as part of Bondi’s Winter Magic, make sure you pencil in a ride on the 22-metre Ferris wheel, and enjoy a slice of pop-up winter festival of comedy.
Skating At Cathedral Square
If you fancy a quickie after work (mind of the gutter), pop by the rink at St Mary’s Cathedral. Popping up each winter and bringing with it even better food than the year before (oh hello Alpine Bar and The Winter Market). Assemble the squad, pop on your beanies, and get 10% off your tickets with a group of 10 people—hell yeah! This one is happening between 29 June and 22 July.
Or you could stay warm with allllll of the Italian food.
Image credit: Skating at Cathedral Square