photo courtesy Chimu Adventures

Festival Celebrates Antarctic Community

Australian Antarctic Festival 2018 Goes Live!

The Australian Antarctic Festival celebrates the thriving Antarctic community in Tasmania, and the important work that Australia does in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.  Timed to engage with the exciting run-up to the first summer voyages of the new Antarctic season, we’ll introduce you to the people and organisations that work in the highest, coldest, driest and most demanding environment on the planet.  Always wanted to see Antarctica, but haven’t had the opportunity? We’ll get you as close as you can get without crossing the Southern Ocean.

You can take in a stunning photography exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, visit an amazing display of artwork by 7,000 Australian school children, tour an Antarctic ship and meet the scientists who work in the last great wilderness on earth.  Open days at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the CSIRO Marine Laboratories allow you a fascinating glimpse of the leading role Australia plays in Antarctic science. The Antarctic Exhibition at Princes Wharf One (Sat 4 and Sunday 5 August) introduces the Australian Antarctic Division and a score of companies that support Australia’s Antarctic program. Entry to all exhibitions is absolutely free, ship tours are by donation to support the work of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation.  Around 2,000 Tasmanian school children will enjoy special guided tours of the Aurora Australis and Investigator, courtesy of P & O Maritime and the CSIRO.

School programs run Thursday and Friday, 2-3 August and must be pre-booked.  Open days and the Antarctic Exhibition at Princes Wharf run Saturday and Sunday, 4-5 August. Ship tours must be booked on-line and tickets will be available from Monday 16 July.  Numbers are limited and will sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment.  Ship tours are not suitable for children under the age of 7 or for people with very limited mobility – these are working ships with challenging stairways and confined spaces.

If you have special needs, please call the Festival office on 03 6223 3375 to discuss.