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 is free! (We’ll ask for some modest donations to support the work of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, which preserves Australia’s most remote heritage site at Cape Denison in East Antarctica).
Tasmanian school children from across the state will tour the Antarctic ships Aurora Australis and Investigator, courtesy of the Australian Antarctic Division, P&O Maritime, the National Marine Facility and the CSIRO. School tours are free, but must be booked in advance. Bookings open on 29 June and will fill up quickly. There is a limit to the number of classes we can handle safely, so don’t miss out – put the date in your diary now.
The general public get to see the ships, too. On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August, both ships will be open for public inspection, with scientists from the AAD, IMAS and the CSIRO volunteering to explain what kind of science these ships do and what it means. Guided tours start from Princes Wharf, and bookings are essential. You can book online from 5 July, 2018, here on the festival website.
Did you know that there are more marine and Antarctic scientists based in Hobart than anywhere else in the world? Hobart is Australia’s Antarctic gateway. While many of us will never get to Antarctica, the festival brings Antarctica to you.
Download the full program here: