Our Research Stations
Four key research stations serve the Australian Antarctic Division in its work on the Australian Antarctica project. All of these research centres are permanent, and three are located in the main Antarctica region.
However, one is located in the sub-Antarctic. The research stations on mainland Antarctica are located in Casey, Davis and Mawson. The sub-Antarctic station is located in Macquarie Island.
All of these stations are filled with staff members at every time of the year.
Davis is somewhat the farthest of the stations from Australia, taking its name from Captain John King Davis, who was the captain of many vessels during expeditions several years ago.
Just as in other stations, expeditions in Davis live quite a communal lifestyle, featuring general dining areas, a theatrette, library, as well as laundry and medical facilities. Expeditioners follow rosters to jointly perform routine functions such as cooking and cleaning.
However, there are several unique facilities at the Davis station, especially those for sports and recreational activities. There is the spa, volleyball, table tennis and badminton facilities, and arrangements for outdoor sports such as golf and cricket.
Although located about 4,000 km outside the south of the city of Perth, it is still the station that is closest to Australia.
Featuring over 50 islands, the area is full of rocks and peninsulas, featuring many birds and moss beds. The area is one of the most vegetated in entire Antarctica; and this is quite understandable, bearing the fact that it is the closest to Australia.
Its local time follows that of the Canberra/Adelaide local time zones.
Majority of the expeditioners working in Casey are usually available during summer, while only a few remain over the winter period. Life at the station can be described as comfortable, with required facilities for the expeditioners. The living area featured a gym, library, home theatre and several living spaces to facilitate social interactions.
The Casey geography features a lot of rare species including elephant, leopard and Wendell seals, and emperor penguins. They are well protected from human incursion.
The oldest of all the stations, the Mawson stations features facilities and lifestyles quite similar to those of other stations. There are basic life facilities as well as recreational ones including kitchen, lounge and surgery.
There are also provisions for a few sporting facilities for relaxation. Like as is common in other stations, the lifestyle here is also communal with everyone contributing to the station’s smooth running.
Founded as far back as 1980 he Macquarie Island station features over 30 buildings. These buildings’ house facilities range from a small clinic, workshops, communal mess and accommodation for the expeditioners. It also contains scientific buildings, housing laboratories used for different forms of research.
The Island features several almost extinct and endangered species including southern rockhopper and gentoo penguins, fur and elephant seals and a host of albatrosses. The Australian Antarctic Division also oversees other areas in the region, including Heard Island, Commonwealth Bay, and Dome Argus.