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Sauna and Plunge (Tents)

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Sauna and Plunge

Dates: 6 – 11 August 2024

Venue: Hobartica, Mawson Place

It’s a rite of passage and much-loved tradition for workers in Antarctica to take the Polar Plunge (watch a great video about it here). Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you’ve got a sauna on hand to run straight into after emerging from the icy waters. Join us at Hobartica to enjoy a series of cold plunges, set at a range of “colds” from positively Antarctic to balmy 2050 predicted sea water temperatures. Then warm up in steamy, wood-fired tent saunas designed by local Finnish artist Nanna Bayer and crafted by Tassie artisans. Along the journey, you’ll learn about Finnish sauna culture (from real Finnish people!), benefits of cold water immersion, and have the chance to earn an Antarctic Ice Plunge badge. Book an entire tent sauna, or an individual spot. Each booking gets you 55 minutes in the saunas and plunge pools, then an hour in our reserved seating area in the McHenry Distillery Antarctic Lounge and Observatory.

We’re putting entire tent sauna bookings on sale first. Book for yourself and a group of friends, or if you’re feeling decadent, just yourself. Saunas can accommodate up to seven people. Individual bookings will be available soon. 

Please note: Cold water immersion is not recommended for people with heart or circulatory conditions. If you have any concerns about exposure to cold water or saunas based on your individual conditions or medications, always check with your doctor first.

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More about Beaker Street Festival 
Beaker Street Festival is a week-long celebration of science and art in Lutruwita/Tasmania each August. Now in its eighth year, Beaker Street Festival promises a mix of wonder, flavour, and scientifically proven fun. The Festival invites adults from all walks of life to delve into today’s hottest topics with a packed program of science-infused entertainment and discussions, while experiencing the best of Tasmanian environments and culture. View the entire program at 

AUGUST 6-13 2024

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