Winter in Australia is a milder experience that many visitors expect. As such, ice skating – a winter staple in the northern hemisphere – is a rare treat. Winter skating has long been a tradition at iconic locations like the Paris Hotel De Ville and the New York’s Rockefeller Centre. This year, SKATING AT (previously known as the Winter Festival) brings outdoor ice skating to some of Australia’s best locations.
Why just skate?
For those not so stable on their skates, this year will feature Kanga push along aids to assist with stability. All rinks are wheelchair accessible and skaters (and non-skaters alike) of all ages will find lots to do. Visitors will enjoy falling powder snow, music, interactive fun and games and professional ice skating performances. Some locations will also feature giant inflatable pop up slide rides, jumping castles, tube dudes, snow domes and igloos. Other locations yet may feature ice slide rides and pop up food stalls.
Locations and dates
SKATING AT have selected central, picturesque locations for their events. All are close to public transport, cafes and restaurants to ensure you’re able to make a day of your visit.[table style=”table-condensed”]
|Melbourne – Sorrento||June 23 – July 16||Open air ice skating, snow falling|
|Sydney – Cathedral Square||June 23 – July 16||Open air ice skating, snow falling, ice slide|
|Canberra – Garema Place||June 23 – July 16||Open air ice skating, snow falling, giant slide, jumping castle|
|Brisbane – King George Square||June 16 – July 9||Open air ice skating, snow falling, ice slide|
|Adelaide – Alpine Village||July 7 – July 31||Open air ice skating, snow falling|
|Perth – Elizabeth Quay||June 23 – July 16||Open air ice skating, snow falling, ice slide, jumping castle|
Ticket prices vary by location but a basic guide is as follows:[table style=”table-condensed”]
|Ticket type||Price from|
|Child (8-13 years)||$16|
|Child (under 8)||$10|
Group discounts are available, as are family passes. Whilst tickets can be purchased at the venue, savings are available for online pre-purchases at skatingat.com.au.
Pictures courtesy SKATING AT.