The Australian Antarctic Festival, to be held in Hobart from 2 to 5 August 2018, might be the final chance for Australians 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.”
“Prizes for the best stories are exclusive pre-release double passes to tour the ship during the Australian Antarctic Festival. These will be the hottest tickets in town when bookings open on July 5. As the Antarctic Festival comes around every two years, there may not be another chance for the public to tour the ship.
“We will choose the best story each week in June and July and award these double passes to the writer.” Mr Jensen said.
Stories (and photos to go with them) can be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
Please do not submit original documents or photographs; entries are by email only. Your story may be featured on on the Antarctic Festival website or Facebook page. Weekly prizes will be judged each Sunday from 24 June and winners advised in the following week. Last entries are accepted on 29 July 2018. Tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday 4-5 August.