Our history began in the 1960s when Jim Lynch opened, at the time, the largest and most modern ice skating centre in the Southern Hemisphere
Jim Lynch, is not related to the world champion speed skater and Glaciarium patron, Jim Lynch. Sydney had had small theatre-sized ice rinks at Bondi, Homebush and the outdoor seasonal ‘always wet’ ice rink at Central Railway, but it was time to provide a proper ice rink for all to enjoy.
The Glaciarium boasted a beautiful gleaming white ice surface of more than a quarter acre. The clear span building featured insulated high crisp cathedral ceilings and almost wall-to-wall ice.
A warmed skaters lounge and skate fitting area assured patrons of comfort, and a good cup of coffee, at all times.
The ice rink was a vanguard in maintaining strict standards, with no jeans or T shirts allowed. Gentlemen needed to be attired in slacks and collared shirts!
Ice hockey wasn’t allowed, yet the ice rink fostered learn to skate, figure skating, speed skating and ice dancing.
The absolute insistence on quality and detail is what underpinned the ethos at the Glaciarium. “If ice rinks are your interest, then you cannot go past the Lynch family for the right advice… it’s in their blood.”