Hobart has a mild, maritime climate but exudes an Antarctic ambience and boasts a significant community of people who share a passion for the southern continent. There is much to inform and entertain polar-minded visitors, including:
Islands to Ice at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Islands to Ice is an exciting permanent exhibition of Antarctic natural history, exploration and science that also gives an insight to what it is like to live and work in some of the most inhospitable climates on earth. It is a must see for all Antarctic enthusiasts.
Sub-Antarctic Plant House at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
The sub-Antarctic Plant House contains a unique, world-first collection of plants from sub-Antarctic islands. When you enter the climate-controlled environment in a specially constructed building at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, you are enveloped in the chilly mists of the sub-Antarctic islands.
Polar Pathways - Historical walking and driving tour
Polar Pathways allows visitors to explore some of Hobart’s unique Antarctic and Southern Ocean sites and connections, such as life-size bronze statues commemorating the exploits of Antarctic explorers or Hadley’s Hotel where Roald Amundsen stayed in March 1912, after returning from his journey to the South Pole.
Australian Antarctic Division
The Australian Antarctic Division has a visitor centre that contains a wealth of information about the scientific research and logistical support involved in Australia’s Antarctic program.
Australian Antarctic Expedition Centenary Celebrations
In the austral summer of 2011/12 Hobart hosted a range of events celebrating the centenary of Antarctic expeditions by Sir Douglas Mawson and Roald Amundsen. Mawson’s expedition of 1911-1914 and Amundsen’s expedition of 1910-12 are today regarded as some of the greatest polar scientific expeditions of all time.