More information about Hobart
Hobart is the southernmost capital city in Australia. Situated at the base of Mt Wellington (1271m), the city of 220,000 is the political and financial centre for the island state of Tasmania. Hobart has been the starting point for Antarctic and Subantarctic expeditions since the 1800s, and is currently the home port of modern Antarctic Programs conducted by both Australia and France. Hobart is an Antarctic gateway city, with research and tourist vessels arriving and departing every summer. Once the largest whaling port in the Southern Hemisphere, Hobart is now a modern city proud of its maritime past and of its contemporary links with all aspects of the Southern Ocean. The Tasmanian Maritime Museum and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, both minutes walk from the proposed conference venue, showcase the strong maritime history and links with the Southern Ocean and, in particular, the Antarctic.
Local Activities – Tasmania to New Zealand
There is an abundance of tourist companies and tour operators offering an array of opportunities to explore the natural habitats, both marine and terrestrial, as well as the cultural heritage of Tasmania. The surrounding seas offer some of the best pelagic seabird experiences in Australia with early austral Spring being the peak in numbers and species. Half of Tasmania’s land mass is national parks and reserves, and a quarter is World Heritage wilderness. Maria Island National Park and Bruny Island, both within an hour’s drive, offer easily accessible colonies of Little Penguins and Short-tailed Shearwaters. Mainland Australia offers other seabird island experiences in Victoria and New South Wales, to be organised by the Australasian Seabird Group and BirdLife Australia. International visitors can include New Zealand in their arrival or return flights to take advantage of an extraordinary array of seabird and ecological experiences to be arranged as part of this conference by members of the Australasian Seabird Group and Birds New Zealand.