Last updated: February 28, 2022
Ice skating is fun for the whole family, and luckily Sydney still has a number of indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks on offer.
Not only is Sydney home to a few world class Olympic sized ice skating arenas, during the winter months you will also have the chance to go ice skating outside in one of the various pop-up rinks.
So, if you’re looking for something fun to do this winter, visit one of the below ice skating rinks and experience the true winter spirit close to home.
Ice Zoo Sydney in Alexandria.
Top 10 Sydney Ice Rinks
Before you go and try out one of the following rinks, it’s best to check the opening hours. If you have young children, it’s perhaps a good idea to ask when the quieter days and hours are.
Some of these ice skating rinks also offer lessons (private of group lessons) at affordable prices, in case you, or your kids, have never skated before.
1. Ice Zoo Sydney
Ice Zoo is located on Gardeners Road in Alexandria, and offers public skating sessions, learn-to-skate classes and ice fitness classes. You can also play a game of ice hockey, or go ice skating with live DJ music and light shows.
The ice rink is open seven days per week, with a wide range of different sessions to choose from, for kids as well as for adults.
|Address:||689 Gardeners Road, Alexandria (map)|
|More info:||Ice Zoo Sydney|
2. Macquarie Ice Rink
The popular Macquarie Ice Rink within Macquarie Shopping Centre has been around for more than 30 years, as a playground and as a training facility for recreational and professional ice skaters. It is home to a full size Olympic rink with seating for up to 2,000 people.
Macquarie Ice Rink is open all-year round (except Christmas Day) and offers figure skating, synchronised skating, ice dance, theatre on ice, speed skating, ice hockey and more.
|Address:||Macquarie Shopping Centre, North Ryde (map)|
|More info:||Macquarie Ice Rink|
3. Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink
One of the oldest rinks in Sydney, the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink has an Olympic sized ice skating rink, a free car park, a canteen, and seating for up to 300 people.
In addition to general public skating sessions, Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink also hosts a skate school that offers various sports programs and classes for general skating, figure skating, short track speed skating, synchronized skating, ice hockey, and more.
|Address:||Phillips Avenue, Canterbury (map)|
|More info:||Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink|
4. Penrith Ice Palace
Open 7 days a week, Penrith Ice Palace is an Olympic size ice skating centre that has been around for more than 20 years.
At this amazing facility, you can do figure skating lessons, public skating sessions, birthday parties, learn-to-skate programs, disco nights, and even play or watch a game of broomball.
|Address:||7 Pattys Place, Jamisontown (map)|
|More info:||Penrith Ice Palace|
5. Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink
There are many things you can do at the Liverpool Catholic Club, but the ice skating rink is one very good reason to go there.
In addition to regular public skating, the LCC also organises various learn-to-skate classes. And for the smaller kids, you can hire a classic penguin skating aid to help them stay up.
|Address:||424-458 Hoxton Park Road, Prestons (map)|
|More info:||Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink|
6. Darling Harbour Winter Festival
Even if you’re not really into ice skating, a visit to the Darling Harbour Winter Festival in the month of June is an absolute must.
Get ready for DJ’s, bands, live performances, fireworks, a winter foodie market, a giant ice slide and, of course, a harbourside ice rink.
Darling Harbour Winter Festival is on from Tuesday 08 June to Sunday 20 June 2021.
|Address:||Darling Harbour (map)|
|More info:||Darling Harbour Winter Festival|
7. Winterpark at Winter in the Domain
Winter in the Domain is a winter festival showcasing entertainment and music in the green heart of Sydney, with Winterpark as one of the drawcards.
Winterpark is a public space with free entry that features an ice rink, various exciting rides, and a wide range of food and beverage stalls.
Winterpark at Winter in the Domain is on from Friday Tuesday 25 June to Sunday 18 July 2021.
|Address:||The Domain (map)|
|More info:||Winterpark at Winter in the Domain|
8. Bondi Festival Ice Rink
Once the Darling Harbour Winter Festival has wrapped up, it’s time to head to Bondi Beach for another dose of winter entertainment. The Bondi Festival is an arts festival for all ages, which includes the world-famous ice rink.
The Bondi Festival Ice Rink is on from Friday 25 June to Sunday 11 July 2021.
|Address:||Bondi Beach (map)|
|More info:||Bondi Festival Ice Rink|
9. Frozen Zoo at Taronga Zoo
What better place to go ice skating than at Taronga Zoo against the backdrop of their iconic heritage gates? That’s right, Taronga Zoo is going to have a real ice rink during the winter school holidays, open from 10am to 8pm daily.
Besides a popup ice skating rink, you will also get to enjoy various food stalls as part of a fun winter wonderland. This all-ages event combined with a visit to the zoo makes for a great day out for the whole family.
Frozen Zoo is on from Saturday 26 June to Sunday 11 July 2021.
|Address:||Taronga Zoo (map)|
10. The Winter Village Sydney
The Winter Village is a popular alpine-inspired winter wonderland pop-up in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, with Parramatta as the Sydney location also added to the schedule.
The village is a true magical winter wonderland where you will find an ice rink, a pop-up bar & kitchen, snow showers, and a unique igloo village. It’s a must-visit destination suitable for the whole family.
The Winter Village Sydney is on from Saturday 19 June to Sunday 12 September 2021.
|Address:||Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta (map)|
|More info:||The Winter Village Sydney|
Why Ice Skating?
Not sure yet if ice skating is for you? Here are a few good reasons why you should visit one of the above Sydney ice skating rinks.
Try something new!
You may have never tried ice skating before? Then this winter is the perfect time to go out to one of these rinks and have a go at ice skating. It may be hard at first, but once you get used to it, it’s so much fun.
It’s a great workout!
Ice skating can be quite intense, and because it’s also a bit addictive, you just want to keep on going. By the time your session is over, you will have had a great cardio workout. Your legs might even feel a bit sore the next day.
This may be a bit of a cliche, but going ice skating on a romantic date is a really good idea. Not only will you be having lots of fun together, you will also get the chance to show off your amazing ice skating skills.
It’s fun for the whole family!
Ice skating is indeed a sport for all ages. Kids absolutely love trying new things, and ice skating is full of action and adventure.