Tell Your Aurora Story

The Australian Antarctic Festival, to be held in Hobart from 2 to 5 August 2018, might be one of the last opportunities for the public to farewell the Antarctic icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis, Mawson’s Huts Foundation Chairman David Jensen said today.  Members of the public will have the opportunity to tour the Aurora Australis,as well […]

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Antarctic Festival Program Now Available

We’re On! The full program for the Australian Antarctic Festival is out, and it’s a cracker.  Tour Antarctic ships, meet the huskies, listen to a lecture, take in an exhibition, see a film – there’s so much to do and see that you’ll think you are in Antarctica.  Best of all, nearly all of it […]

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Teachers and Students Visit Antarctica

Eric J Woehler photograph of a beautiful Antarctic iceberg

This beautiful image © Eric J Woehler from the 2016 Australian Antarctic Photography Exhibition   Wow!  Here’s a brilliant opportunity for school groups to have a real Antarctic experience.  The Bookend Trust is a respected educational organisation with a simple plan: Bookend is a not-for-profit education initiative that seeks to inspire students and their communities […]

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Antarctic Volunteers Registration Open

Would you like to help us celebrate the Antarctic community in Tasmania?  Are you interested in Australia’s scientific program in the Southern Ocean?  Do you have an Antarctic connection yourself?  Do you enjoy working with enthusiastic people for a good cause?  We’d like to hear from you! The Australian Antarctic Festival (AAF) has a brilliant program of […]

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Photography Competition Now Open

First Prize 2016 – ‘Iceberg with Penguins’ (c) Chris Wilson We are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Antarctic Photographic Competition The first competition in 2016 was an outstanding success, with 24 finalists selected from a field of more than 80 international entries. With significant prize money on offer ($5,000 first […]

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Media Launch for Antarctic Festival

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

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)

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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