Excitement is building for the arrival of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker RSV Nuyina on October 16, and now you can join the ship’s journey to Hobart virtually.

Track the ship’s progress from the Netherlands to its home port of Hobart, via a map on the new RSV Nuyina website nuyina.antarctica.gov.au.

You can also view the latest vision and images from the vessel, read the news, and learn more about the icebreaker’s capabilities, voyages and life on board.

The Australian Antarctic Division is organising a variety of COVID-safe events scheduled for when the ship arrives and in the following months.

Locals will be able to welcome the icebreaker, which is expected to sail up the River Derwent on Saturday 16 October, from designated vantage points along the river or out on the water.

A new interpretative trail, opening soon on the Hobart waterfront, will have physical and digital displays and digital activations about the Australian Antarctic Program and RSV Nuyina.

More public events and formal celebrations will occur early next year after a period of commissioning, and when the community is able to come together to celebrate.