Hobart: Gateway to Antarctica

Antarctic Tasmania

Hobart: Gateway to Antarctica

Hobart is a natural gateway to east Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and Macquarie Island with excellent port facilities and regular flights to Antarctica.

There are a number of ports that claim to be the ‘gateway to Antarctica’, but only Hobart Tasmania, offers the combination of:

  • The amenities of a modern and attractive capital city, with excellent sea and air transport infrastructure.
  • World-class expertise in Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and marine education, research and support services.
  • Ready access to a huge range of specialist Antarctic and cold climate expertise through Tasmania’s unique government/business alliance, the Tasmanian Polar Network.

Our port

Hobart’s magnificent deep-water port is 1,390 nautical miles (2,575 km) from the Antarctic mainland and 1,852 nautical miles (3,429 km) from Australia’s Casey station.

It is home to both the Australian and French Antarctic research and supply vessels and is used by a range of other supply, marine science tourist and fishing vessels from other nations. 

The port offers shipping operators a complete range of 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week port services and full provedoring, stevedoring, cold storage, quarantine and maintenance facilities.

Port Services include:

  • 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week port availability
  • tugs and pilots available day and night
  • second-deepest natural port in the world
  • berthing unaffected by tides, currents, depths or external sea conditions
  • full range of specialised Antarctic port services available including

    • provedoring
    • stevedoring
    • cold storage (including a public import-export and quarantine-accredited cold store)
    • quarantine (import and export examinations)
    • secure expedition storage facilities
    • wharf-side and harbour moorings
  • nationally competitive port charges


Air link

Regular flights operate during the summer between Hobart International Airport and Casey station in east Antarctica.

The flight time is approximately 4.5 hours and provides a faster option for moving scientists, expeditioners and high priority cargo each summer season.

The Hobart International Airport has warehousing and aviation services for all Antarctic expeditioners on site.


Hobart is a logical port of call for ships sailing south for:

  • resupplying bases
  • marine science
  • fishing
  • tourism
  • private adventures