Media Launch for Antarctic Festival

Australian Antarctic Festival 2018, Media Launch, aboard the Ice Breaker Investigator, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

The impressive CSIRO research vessel Investigator was the host for the media launch of the 2018 Australian Antarctic Festival (AAF) recently.  Nic Street, MHA, Liberal Member for Franklin officiated, describing the festival as ‘a celebration of a thriving part of our Tasmanian economy and a wonderful source of pride for all Australians’. David Jensen, Chairman […]

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Yes, We’re On Again

Daryl Peebles, Entertains kids arriving at Australian Antarctic Festival 2016, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Good news on the Antarctic front, just in time for the Antarctic Season Opener hosted by the Hobart City Council.  Not only are we heading for another successful Antarctic program of science, research, supply and exploration, but we’ve also confirmed that the biennial Australian Antarctic Festival will be on again in 2018.  Supported by the […]

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And That’s A Wrap…(and a great video)

More than 900 Tasmanian school children toured the Antarctic ships
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

More than 900 Tasmanian school children toured the Antarctic ships

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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Polar Pathways Tours


Polar Pathways Tours Join your expert guide, Dr Lorne Kriwoken from the University of Tasmania, on a fascinating walk through the docks, parks and lanes of the Hobart waterfront while learning about the remarkable Antarctic history of this bustling port city.  Adventure, biography, science and whaling have all played their part in 100 years of […]

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Antarctic Expo Set To Impress

AAD's Haaglunds all-terrain vehicle

The Antarctic Expo (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September) is set to impress, with a fascinating display from most of the major players in the Australian Antarctic sector.  Those include the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Marine Laboratories, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and a score of companies and agencies involved is supporting […]

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A Letter From David Jensen to Tasmanian Primary Schools

Eric J Woehler

Do Penguins Paint? Primary school children throughout Tasmania have an opportunity to show their artistic skills by painting 30 cm penguins made from plywood for the inaugural Australian Antarctic Festival being held in Hobart on Sept 8-11. We would like to offer your school an opportunity to be directly involved with the event. You can […]

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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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Festival Celebrates Antarctic Community

photo courtesy Chimu Adventures

Australian Antarctic Festival Goes Live! The Australian Antarctic Festival celebrates the thriving Antarctic community in Tasmania, and the important work that Australia does in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.  Timed to engage with the exciting run-up to the first summer voyages of the new Antarctic season, we’ll introduce you to the people and organisations that […]

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