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Dark City Walk


Landon Bannister

Landon has been educating on the influence lighting has on our experience of the built environment for over 20 years. Most recently, he has become an advocate against light pollution and the associated environmental impacts. He is a chair at the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance, and president of Dark Sky Tasmania.

Stuart Hamilton

Stuart has spent 25 years turning a passion for industrial design into one of Tasmania’s most successful lighting supply companies. Hi curiosity for how things work, combined with his empathy and love of the environment, meant a chance encounter with the lighting world was always going to capture his interest. He has been a driving force behind the advancement of lighting knowledge in Tasmania for over a decade. Most recently, Stuart has become a passionate campaigner for the dark sky movement and is a current board member of Dark Sky Tasmania.


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. 

A Seat at the Table

Beaker Street Festival’s pay-it-forward initiative, A Seat at the Table, helps make our science and art offerings accessible to those who can’t afford to purchase a ticket. When you buy a ticket you have the option to donate towards the cost of a stranger’s ticket. You won’t know who you’ve helped, but your donation will go directly towards allowing someone else to access this great event. All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.

If you’d like to request one or two free tickets, please let us know. If we can offer you a seat, we’ll notify you by email.

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