Rare Opportunity to Tour Antarctic Ships
The Class 1A icebreaker Aurora Australis and the CSIRO research vessel Investigator will be open for guided school tours on Thursday 2 and Friday 3August, 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 than work in the toughest environment on earth. After your tour of yourship, you’ll be treated to an exclusive entry to the new IMAS (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) building 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 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 in June 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.