Don’t Let This One Get Away

photo: Doug Thost

Here’s an offer you don’t get every day! Sponsored by a double handful of Antarctic organisations and administered by the University of Tasmania, here’s a chance for a young person (18-29 years) to take a sponsored trip to Antarctica to visit the Chilean Julio Escudero Antarctic Base on the Antarctic Peninsula.  Airfares and accommodation are […]

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Festival Dates Announced for 2020

The biennial Australian Antarctic Festival is on again in 2020, and organisers have announced tentative dates:  29 July to 3 August, 2020.  The festival program will include school visits on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a particularly exciting year, as the festival will coincide […]

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Up, Up and Away to Antarctica

We have a very happy winner in the Australian Antarctic Festival Competition to win tickets for two on an exclusive Qantas flight to Antarctica!  Courtesy of Captain’s Choice and Antarctica Flights, 19 year-old Caitlyn and her Mum, Fiona, will be flying to Melbourne to join their chartered Qantas 747 for a stunning flight over Antarctica […]

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And The Winner Is…

There is superb photography to be seen at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in the Antarctic Photography Exhibition (2-19 August 2018), but it was a competition as well and judges had to select two prize winners.  With two professional photographers, an arts administrator and a former Governor of Tasmania on the judging panel, there […]

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IMAS takes part in the Antarctic Festival

Don’t miss this opportunity! The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) presents their Open Days as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival.  This is only a fraction of what visitors can see and learn about when they visit the Hobart centre during the festival.  The Institute opens its doors to show you how it […]

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And That’s A Wrap…(and a great video)

Photo courtesy Ballantyne Photography

Thanks again to our generous sponsors, tireless volunteers and the whole Antarctic community for coming together in such a energetic way to deliver the Australian Antarctic Festival 2016.  We achieved some remarkable goals.  All photographs (c) courtesy of Ballantyne Photography and our brilliant volunteer AAF photographers   900 school children from 16 schools across Tasmania participated in free tours […]

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And the Winner Is…

King Penguins Leaving the Station - Macquarie Island by Berend Becker
King Penguins Leaving the Station - Macquarie Island by Barend Becker

  More than 3,000 people have now toured the Antarctic Photographic Exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to see a stunning display of the finalists in this prestigious competition.  With 66 entries from around the world, and 24 finalists selected for exhibition, Chairman of Judges Sir Guy Green announced the results on Sunday 11 […]

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Thank You One and All

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers (guides, marshals, explainers, info staff and more) who made this great festival possible.  We saw 900 happy school kids go through IMAS and the Aurora Australis, another 1,500 members of the public tour L’Astrolabe and the Aurora courtesy of P&O Maritime.  The Australian Antarctic Division, IMAS, CSIRO and the […]

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Australia’s Loneliest Outpost

Mawson's Huts Foundataion

On a viciously wind-scoured outcrop of rock at Denison Point on Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica, there stands a set of buildings almost miraculously preserved for the last 104 years.  The pre-fabricated wooden huts were erected by the members of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which departed Hobart in December 1911 to map the coast of East Antarctica and […]

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