Antarctic and Southern Ocean stories
Chimu tour to Antarctic Festival
Tourism business Chimu Adventures is offering a four-day tour from Sydney to coincide with Tasmania’s first Antarctic Festival.
Celebrating Hobart’s multi-faceted connection to the icy continent, the festival will be launched on 8 September and will run until 12 September.
Festival spokesman David Jensen AM (the Chairman and CEO of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation) said the event would involve the city’s entire Antarctic community of scientists, technicians, trades people, government agencies and commercial suppliers.
“The Australian Antarctic Festival includes a film festival, international photography and art prizes, open days at the Mawson’s Hut replica and IMAS [UTAS’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies], lectures and exhibitions and a schools’ program bringing 1,200 Tasmanian school children to town to visit the Aurora Australis,” Mr Jensen said.
The Australian ice-breaker Aurora Australis and the French polar ship L’Astrolabe will be open for public inspection for the first time in more than 10 years.
Chimu Adventures is the only Australian company that uses Hobart as a base for Antarctic trips.
As part of its tour hosted by founders Greg Carter and Chad Carey, each guest will have a seat at the festival’s key event – the $300-a-head Mawson’s Huts Foundation Dinner in the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Saturday, 10 September.
“Hobart has long-term historic links to the Antarctic and this trip will be a great inspiration for people who’d like to learn more about what an expedition to the Southern Ocean involves,” Mr Carter said.
In addition to visiting the Aurora Australis, Chimu’s guests will be able to tour the L’Astrolabe to see the technology needed to support research cruises to the Antarctic.
An after-hours guided tour of the Mawson’s Huts replica museum – built to celebrate Sir Douglas Mawson’s epic 1911 polar expedition – will be escorted by Mr Jensen, the project’s founder.
Further highlights will include a polar history walk, a visit to the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and a cruise to Bruny Island showcasing the region’s wildlife.
The Chimu trip is packaged at $1,390 per guest and includes all accommodation and tours.
Organisers are planning for the Antarctic Festival to be a biennial event.
More information: www.antarcticfestival.com.au
Footnote: An inaugural Salamanca Moves contemporary dance festival will run from 20 September to 1 October. The biennial event – officially launched in Hobart in July – will include performances at the Moonah Arts Centre and surprise pop-up venues, as well as Salamanca Place venues. Run by the Salamanca Arts Centre, the festival will feature 12 respected international and interstate “movers in residence” from countries including Croatia, Israel, Finland and the United States.
Image courtesy of the Antarctic Division
2 August 2016, Edition 174