School Tour Bookings

Paul Cullen

Rare Opportunity to Tour Antarctic Ships

The Class 1A icebreaker Aurora Australis and the CSIRO research vessel Investigator will be open for free guided school tours on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 August, 2018.  You must pre-book your class for a tour – there is no casual admission at the dockside.  Once aboard, you will meet marine biologists, oceanographers, climate scientists and the working crew of these multi-purpose floating laboratories that work in the toughest environment on earth.  After your tour of the ship, you’ll be treated to an exclusive entry to the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) building or the CSIRO Marine Labs on Princes Wharf.   Learn about the fascinating world of the very big systems and very small organisms that drive the cycle of life on our planet.

We are very grateful to ship operators P & O Maritime,  the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, the National Maritime Facility, the University of Tasmania and IMAS for permission to conduct these tours.  All school groups will be met by trained volunteer guides who will escort your class through a timed itinerary.  We have a certain capacity for total numbers and in the interest of safety and security and we cannot exceed it.

Bookings for school tours will open on June 29, 2018 and not before.  We will broadcast an alert when bookings open through the normal channels.  Please do not call to reserve places for your class – bookings will be made electronically through a dedicated Internet portal.  School tours are free.

Groups may not be larger than 35 people, including up to 33 students, 2 – 3 teachers and other adult helpers. To provide fair access for all Tasmanian schools, we can accept a maximum of four classes from the same school.  The tours are suitable for Grade Three and above.  Children under the age of 7 years are not permitted on school tours.  This is a limit imposed by the ship owner’s insurers and we cannot vary it. These ships are industrial workplaces, not passenger vessels, so expect some physical challenges including steep stairways and confined spaces.  We will give you more information to help plan your visit when we confirm your booking.