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By James Bartlett
Virtually the last stop before the continent of Antarctica, Hobart in Tasmania has a long and rich maritime heritage. Looking out across the city's bustling harbour, it is hard to miss the emergency orange-coloured Aurora Australis, which is the country's research vessel and icebreaker. Moored here for six months of the year, it can be dwarfed by the super-sized cruise ships that come through en route to their guided tours further south, but its missions are still vital - and harken back to over a century ago, when explorers leaving here were setting off into the unknown.