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About Hobart


Hobart, an Antarctic gateway and at the centre of Australia’s Antarctic activity, is delighted to host the conference. Hobart is the capital of the state of Tasmania, a renowned tourist destination with extensive natural and cultural heritage. From the deep rainforests and soaring peaks of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, to the unique wildlife, and the vibrant arts and culture, there are many things about Tasmania that make it a special place. The people of Hobart are renowned for the warmth of their welcome to visitors.

Further information about Tasmania and Hobart can be found at the Discover Tasmania website and the Hobart City Council website.


June in Hobart is winter time, with high temperatures around 12 degrees Celsius, and lows around 4 degrees Celsius. There is the possibility of showers. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology for more information.

Time Zone

During the conference Hobart will be 10 hours ahead of UTC.


Hobart Airport is approximately 19 kilometres from the conference venue at the University of Tasmania – about 25 minutes by taxi.

Hobart Airport does not receive international flights. It will be necessary for international delegates to make domestic connecting flights to Hobart from their port of entry into Australia.

The taxi fare is approximately $50 one way, depending on the time of day. A higher fare applies in the evenings and overnight. Taxis can be found at the rank outside the terminal – pre-booking is not necessary for flights arriving into Hobart.

A bus shuttle also operates between the airport and major hotels and serves every flight. For flights leaving Hobart passengers should check-in at least 60 minutes before the schedules departure time.


Hobart’s daily newspaper The Mercury lists events at cinemas, theatres and other venues.


Most shops are open between 9:00am and 6:00pm. Larger shops are open on weekends. Various markets are open on the weekends, including Salamanca Market which operates on Saturdays.

Latest news

  • Conference prize winners
    27 Jun 2013

    The Strategic Science in Antarctica conference concluded yesterday and two days of workshops have commenced. Congratulations to those who were awarded prizes for their contributions to the conference.

  • Watch the welcome message from Australia's Environment Minister
    24 Jun 2013

    In a welcome message via video from Canberra, Australia’s Environment Minister, Tony Burke, reflected on the foresight of earlier decision-makers who agreed to set aside an entire continent for scientific research.

  • Last minute information for attendees
    20 Jun 2013

    There's not too long to wait until the start of the Strategic Science in Antarctica conference, and we hope you’re as excited as we are! Read on for more information about the final program, registration, Twitter, presenters, posters and social functions.

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Key dates

  • 11th June 2013
    Registrations close
  • 21st June 2013
    Registrations at the AAD open for staff
  • 24th June 2013
    Registrations at the venue open
  • 24th June 2013
    Conference commences
  • 26th June 2013
    Conference concludes

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This page was last modified on 15 February 2013.