Travellers heading to Sydney’s Bondi Beach are in for a surprise: until
13 July the iconic coastline has been transformed into a winter wonderland with
the construction of the country’s only beachside ice rink.
The space is part of the Bondi Winter Magic festival that aims to draw people to the beach during
the cooler months, luring them with arts, culture, food, music and exhibitions.
One eclectic production is
pop-up festival Bondi Feast, running
from 8 to 26 July, that’s a fusion of theatre, comedy, music and food. Those
who want to learn about the area’s history can sign up to a Bondi
History Walk, held every Wednesday and Sunday throughout July. And on 13
July, Bondi’s Roscoe Street Mall will turn into an art showcase as a special
on the Streets display.
The ice rink, however, is
perhaps the most novel attraction, since skaters have the unique opportunity
to glide along the ice while
watching surfers catch waves. First timers can rent a penguin pal for skating
assistance; these cute aids can be pushed along, offering stability and fun
photo opportunities for parents.
Skating sessions are 45
minutes long and begin on the hour from 10 am to 9 pm (the last session is at 8
Tatyana Leonov is the Sydney Localite for