Festival Venues

The Australian Antarctic Festival takes place at several venues, nearly all of them on the bustling Hobart waterfront or close to it.


Princes Wharf No.1

You can’t miss Princes Wharf:  The bright orange of the ice-breaker Aurora Australis and the French red, white and blue of L’Astrolabe are regular visitors to their home port.  The magnificent Princes Wharf No.1 Shed is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the state, set right on the water with magnificent views.

The State Cinema

The very popular State Cinema in North Hobart is a brilliant example of an historic building rescued from demolition and re-built into a contemporary cinema centre with a bar, bookshop, cafe and function spaces.  Find it at the top of Elizabeth Street, a short bus ride or taxi trip from the Hobart CBD

The Mawson’s Hut Replica

A fascinating re-creation of Douglas Mawson’s original expedition base at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica.  The men of the 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition wintered over here, in one of the most remote and ferociously cold and windy locations on earth.  The interior of the Mawson’s Hut Replica is a remarkable immersive experience, full of authentic artefacts and equipment from this historic expedition.

The Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

This Hobart waterfront landmark houses two important venues – The Islands to Ice gallery and the Bond Store.  Visit the first for a brilliant overview of Australia’s Antarctic history, including a fascinating examination of the science of ice, Antarctic animals and climate.  Visit the historical Bond Store to see the Antarctic Photography Exhibition, open 6-18 September 2016.  When you have picked your favourite image from collection of stunning Antarctic images, cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The Waterside Pavilion, Mawson Place

The Waterside Pavilion on Constitution Dock, Mawson Place is the venue for ‘Antarctica for Children’ on Sunday, September 11.  This is a special introduction to the wonderful world of the Antarctic for younger children.


the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is a stunning new building on Castray Esplanade, close to Salamanca Place.  The re-purposed Silos Apartments are just across the street and make an easy landmark.  Enjoy the breezy, pleasant views over the busy Port of Hobart and Sullivans Cove.


In another renovated building, the historic Hutchins School on Macquarie Street, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources is one of there very few international organisations based in Tasmania.  The gothic arches and stonework of the beautiful building house a sophisticated multi-purpose conference centre and lecture hall.

Parking near the Festival

See the Hobart City Council’s parking information and maps here.