Even if the global financial crisis has put your European vacation on hold you can still indulge in a traditional winter experience, in one of the most interesting new Melbourne precincts.
This winter, Docklands is home to Wonderland Park, a temporary ice-skating rink with a carnival atmosphere.
Melbourne Docklands is known for its high-class restaurants and superb shopping, and now visitors can add the thrill of cutting up the ice to a day – or night – out. There are five 1.5 hour ice-skating sessions every day, which is just enough time for the kids to exhaust themselves while you enjoy a coffee or a wander around the shops, or you can strap on the skates and join them! There are also fairground rides suitable for the whole family.
If you’re looking for a night out but are uninspired at the thought of another dinner and movie, get your friends together and hit the ice. Night skating is fun and invigorating and is held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It’s also great exercise and a legitimate excuse to order that second dessert.
Visitors can hire skates or bring their own, but don’t forget your scarf and mittens. And wear sturdy pants and thick socks because chances are at least once you’ll end up, um, sitting on the ice. There are lockers available for hire, but make sure you book one because they are snapped up quickly.
Few winter experiences are as exhilarating as flying over the ice with the cool breeze on your face. Wonderland Park may not be a frozen-over lake in Switzerland, but there’s also no fear of wandering onto the dreaded thin ice…