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Australian Astronaut @ Hobartica


Katherine Bennell-Pegg

Katherine Bennell-Pegg is an Australian Astronaut and Space Systems Engineer. She is the first person qualified as an astronaut under the Australian flag. Katherine works for the Australian Space Agency, where she has contributed to growing Australia’s space capability as technical lead on scoping the nation’s first Moon rover mission, developing plans to capitalise on Australia’s space strengths, and managing the Access to Space Team. She has more than a decade of experience developing space programs and strategies, technologies, and missions across Europe, the UK, the US and Australia. These include the Orion vehicle that is taking humans back to the Moon, space station facilities, earth observation missions and robotic satellite capture technologies. In 2023, Katherine took the giant leap to achieving her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, when she began training with the European Space Agency in Germany. She graduated in April 2024, and is qualified for missions to the International Space Station.


Mawson Place

Australia’s gateway to Antarctica will be transformed into a bustling Antarctic outpost as Beaker Street’s ‘Hobartica’.

Mawson Place, Hobart 7000
(03) 6238 2765


Waterside Pavilion has level access, however some ‘Hobartica’ elements such as the sauna and plunge will have steps. For particular accessibility concerns, please contact [email protected]

Eat and drink

The McHenry Distillery Antarctic Lounge and Observatory, located in the Waterside Pavilion, will be serving up Tassie’s finest range of whisky, gin, and beers, as well as a special range of Antarctic cocktails. For a snack, head to one of the neighbouring restaurants and cafes. 

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