Skate in for Easter holiday fun

Paul Malone tests the freshly laid ice at Maryborough Showground.
Paul Malone tests the freshly laid ice at Maryborough Showground. Alistair Brightman

WINTER will come early to the Fraser Coast today when the Winter Magic Ice Skating rink opens at the Maryborough Showground.

The ice rink is expected to stay in Maryborough for the entire school holiday break, and will offer ice-skating and tobogganing sessions to adults and children.

Winter Magic assistant Paul Malone said the large rink took more than a week to set up at the showground.

"The process of laying the ice can take some time, because we have to wait for it to freeze," Mr Malone said.

"But ideally we will have at least four centimetres of ice down by Saturday.

"So it will be a great surface to skate on."

Mr Malone said anybody could try their hand at ice-skating, though some pick it up faster than others.

"If you're good at rollerblading, you generally pick up ice skating quite quickly," he said.

"But starting from scratch isn't that hard, it just takes balance."

Day and night sessions would be available during the holidays, Mr Malone said.

"We are open from 9am to 5.45pm for general skating and tobogganing," he said.

"Then we have evening sessions on a few nights a week from 6.30pm, which are great for people who are working."

Mr Malone said there were also late night sessions for adult skaters.

To book a session at the Winter Magic Ice Skating rink visit

Topics:  maryborough showground

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