SKATER BOY: Joshua Jensen sets up the mobile ice-skating rink in Gympie.
SKATER BOY: Joshua Jensen sets up the mobile ice-skating rink in Gympie. Renee Pilcher

Icing on the cake for Gympie

GET your skates on, Gympie, because for the first time the town has an ice-skating rink.

The basketball courts at the Gympie Showgrounds have been converted to a 30x15m frozen wonderland ready for school holiday fun.

And if that isn't enough of a school holiday attraction, Winter Magic Skating Ice Skating owner Ken Jensen is adding tobogganing to the mix.

To his knowledge, Mr Jensen's business is the only one in Australia that can make ice go uphill enough to create a tobogganing ramp.

He said if you get a chance to see someone fly down the icy ramp, you would see why it could be more popular with kids than ice skating.

Surprisingly, the venue isn't cold so super-warm attire isn't necessary, but Mr Jensen recommends skaters wear a pair of jeans to ease any falls, a thick pair of socks for the skates and gloves, especially for little skaters.

The art of ice skating is not too hard to get the hang of.

Mr Jensen said it took about 20 minutes for newbies to break the barrier and melt their nerves.

The attraction will be in Gympie from today until October 6 and even caters for the older ice skaters with night sessions on offer.

Day sessions will start at 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and the night session will run Monday to Sunday from 7-8.30pm.

Gympie Times


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