We were hosted by the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach. All opinions are my own. 

When you think of the beach, ice skating is likely the last thing that pops in to your mind. But ice skating on an outdoor rink, complete with disco ball and strobe lighting, with a view over the beach, is exactly what you can do at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach this July school holidays.

After our 1.5 hour drive from Sydney (where both girls fell asleep in the car!!) we checked in to the hotel and we got changed into our warm clothes to hit the rink. After a recent disastrous attempt at ice skating, I was a little nervous, but it was probably the most fun I’ve had with Olivia in awhile.

beachside ice skating Novotel Wollongong

To my surprise, I could actually skate. And so could Olivia. After pushing one of the penguins around for awhile, she quickly told me that I could skate wherever I wanted and she was fine by herself. The rink is a smaller size so that it isn’t too daunting for little ones (or nervous mums!) to try and skate across.

Ice skating beachside Novotel Wollongong

We were at the 5pm session and watching the sun go down over the beach while gliding around the ice was absolutely magical. The sound of the ocean mixed with the disco tunes made for a really unique and fun experience.

Novotel Wollongong Ice Skating

The hotel itself was amazing. We stayed in one of the beach front suites with a gorgeous view over the beach complete with Cockatoos on the balcony. All of the staff were a delight. From our friendly waiter who shook our hands when he introduced himself at dinner to the waitress who helped me find my phone that I left at the breakfast buffet (I can’t be trusted with anything!).

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Balcony View

Cockatoos on balcony Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

We all had a much needed full night sleep in a super comfortable bed, tested to be big enough and comfy enough for two adults and a four-year-old, who despite having two other beds to choose from and showing building excitement at the prospect of her very own hotel bed, crawled into our bed at lights out!

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Wollongong room

I’ve been really impressed with what Novotel have been doing of late to make their hotels and rooms really family friendly. Travelling with kids isn’t always easy so anything you can do to make it simpler and more enjoyable goes a long way. From the dedicated kids play space nearby the reception to the “In Balance Kids” in-room kids fitness video series and the kid-friendly dining menu, it was a delight to stay at the hotel.

Beachside Ice Skating at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach is on until 22 July 2018 with sessions starting from 12pm.  Tickets cost $10 for a toddler (2-4 years), $15 for a child (5-13 years) and $19.50 for adult 14+. A family pass (2 adults and 2 children) is also available from $55. Ticket price includes skate hire.

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