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Music, words and art on board for Antarctica

When you travel, it’s not just where you go, it’s who you go with. And if sailing to Antarctica wasn’t attraction enough, how about making the voyage with one of Australia’s legendary singer-songwriters Paul Kelly on board.  

Paul Kelly, who will be performing, will also be joined on Chimu Adventures exclusive Antarctic charter next January by special guests Ben Quilty, Andrew Denton, and Jennifer Byrne. 

Paul Kelly

Songs in the South is a 21-day voyage departing January 8, 2024 onboard Chimu’s polar vessel, the Ocean Endeavour. This immersive journey will depart from Ushuaia, then crossing the famous Drake Passage before discovering the magnificent South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic peninsula itself.

Guests will then explore South Georgia, renowned for its significance to Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance expedition and the world’s largest king penguin colony, then visiting the Falkland Islands, known for its rugged beauty and unique birdlife. 

This unique adventure will also have a focus on the arts. Guests will be joined onboard by incredible special guests, all renowned and accomplished in their creative field, who will inspire, educate, and entertain as travellers discover the beauty and wonder of Antarctica together.

Paul Kelly is one of Australia’s most beloved singer-songwriters who needs no introduction. Kelly’s songs dig deep into Australia: how it feels, looks, tastes, sounds. In the 40 years since releasing his first album, the human condition has been his special subject and he’s thrilled to be joining Chimu on this journey, which will include an exclusive performance onboard the Ocean Endeavour, available only to Chimu travellers. 

Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty is an acclaimed Australian artist, renowned both here and internationally. His bold and evocative work is designed to challenge assumptions and has been featured in major public, corporate and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and QAGOMA. Quilty will also be running a two-part art workshop onboard. 

Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne are considered one of the most creative Australian television and radio forces and have a true passion for Antarctica, travelling many times to the continent with Chimu Adventures. Andrew is a multi-Logie award-winning television presenter, having presented some of Australia’s most loved programs of the past few decades.

Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne is a celebrated Australian journalist and broadcaster and has become one of Australia’s most respected and recognisable media personalities. Now on their 4th visit to Antarctica with Chimu, Denton and Byrne look forward to sharing their knowledge and love for the continent with their fellow passengers.

“At Chimu we have had the privilege of working with some of Australia’s best-known personalities over the years, but nothing compares to this trip. In January ’24 we will be ticking off the all-star locations of Antarctica, being the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, all while we travel and are entertained by living Australian legends! This is set to be an unparalleled journey.” Said Chad Carey, Chimu’s Managing Director.

Cabins are on sale now, but selling quickly, with high levels of interest anticipated for this expedition. Learn more or book now – Songs in the South

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