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 as the CSIRO’s RV Investigator, during the festival. Bookings for these tours are scheduled to open on July 5. Mr Jensen said the Aurora Australis will be replaced by Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, currently under construction by the Dutch ship-builder Damen and due to arrive in Hobart in 2020.
“The Aurora Australis has been the primary supply lifeline to Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic research stations carrying expeditioners, equipment and provisions to and from Antarctica since 1989,” Mr Jensen said. As well as being the central platform of Australia’s Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research, the Aurora Australis has been a familiar site in Hobart, regularly berthed alongside Princes Wharf.
“There are hundreds of expeditioners who have journeyed south on the Aurora Australis and we are offering them the opportunity to share with the world their memories of the ‘AA’ in the lead-up to the Australian Antarctic Festival. We’re also interested in stories told by those waved from the dockside as a partner, parent, son or daughter sailed off for the ice, or came home again after a long Antarctic season.”
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Last entries are accepted on 29 July 2018. Tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday 4-5 August.