If you’ve been practising your ice-skating skills at Erina Ice Arena and are ready to flex ‘em in the big smoke, glide on over to the Bondi Festival Ice Rink. Okay, okay. You don’t need to be a pro to head along. It’s a whole heap of fun no matter what your skill level and shuffling is totally acceptable! And we have to say, it’s also a pretty awesome experience to ice skate right next to one of Australia’s most famous beaches.

We love the Bondi Festival Ice Rink because they’ve got everyone covered – there’s push along penguins for the tiny tots and they have ice skates of all sizes. Oh, and how’s this for flexibility: the ice rink is open daily throughout the festival, from 10am to 9pm.

What to do once the kids have had their fill of re-enacting Frozen? Check out the massive Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel, of course. It’s 32 metres high and the views from the top are truly epic.

If you need a kid-friendly café recommendations for your day out in Bondi, check out SHUK on Mitchell Street. They’re known for their mouth-watering felafels and hummus. SHUK also has a substantial kids menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner options, including chicken skewers, pita toasties and fish and chips.

No trip to the beach is complete without ice cream either. Anita Gelato, on the opposite side of the road to Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club, is super close to the festival and serves up some impressive scoops. Flavours include tiramisu & hazelnut mousse, white chocolate & strawberries, pavlova, and salted bagel… just to name a few.

Bondi Festival Ice Rink

When: June 25 to July 11, 10am – 9pm daily (last session 8pm).
Where: Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Cost: Ages 15+: $22, Ages 5-14: $18, Ages 4 & under: $10, Penguin Hire $8, Group Booking (10+) $18. All prices include skate hire and you get 45 minutes on the ice. You can book your session here.
Age: This one’s for the whole family.

Have you checked out our Day Trips section yet? This is where you can get heaps of ideas for weekend excursions in Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and beyond.

Header image via Bondi Festival


Written By: LOUISE MEERS

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Louise spent a decade in the publishing industry writing for children, and was the editor of K-Zone magazine prior to moving to the Central Coast in 2018. These days you’ll find her wrangling her toddler at playgrounds all over the Coast, and creating content from a cosy corner in her living room.