With top speeds in competition approaching 50km/h and races over in under forty seconds, speed skating is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast.


While the roots of speed skating date all the way to a millennium ago when enterprising Scandinavians added bones to their shoes to make it easier to travel on frozen rivers, it wasn’t until 1592 when a Scotsman designed the first skate with an iron blade.

That Scotsman would be skating proudly (and quickly!) in the clouds if he knew that today there were thousands of speed skating associations around the world, including the Victorian Ice Racing Association, Olympic Southern Flyers and the Docklands Demons, all which proudly call O’Brien Icehouse their home.

In addition to both clubs training here weekly, O’Brien Icehouse runs Learn to Speed Skate programs with coaches from both the Demons and Flyers.

For more information on any of our Speed Skating programs, please email us at programs@obrienicehouse.com.au

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Learn to Speed Skate Program


Monday nights from 4th February – 1st April 2019


5:15pm – 6:15pm


Please wear pants and a long sleeved top and bring gloves and a helmet along with you (helmets available to borrow if needed).


Six Week Pass – $20 per week ($120 payable upfront)
Learn to Speed Skate Classes – $25 per session (paid weekly)


We have two who train weekly here at O’Brien Icehouse. See here for more information.

Excellent rinks, fantastic facility and the staff are so friendly and professional, my children and I skate at the rink all the time, we are always made to feel welcome and it is a great way to spend the day.

Glenn (Facebook review)


Whether you’re watching other skaters cut the ice or refuelling after cutting some yourself, the Igloo café has you covered.

If you want to grab and go, pick up a sandwich, pastry, wraps, pies, sausages or hot dogs. Got a bit more time? Our made-to-order menu features burgers, fish and chips, soup, classic Canadian Poutine and more.

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Want our menu in your pocket? The AirService app is here and ready for you to order from anywhere within the Arena.

Opening hours (Term time)
Monday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday: 10am – 9pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm

Opening Hours (All other times)
Monday: 9am – 6pm
Tuesday: 9am – 9pm
Wednesday: 9am – 6pm
Thursday: 9am – 6pm
Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm

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