The Antarctic Season Opening

On Tuesday evening, expeditioners were welcomed by the City of Hobart at a civic reception at the Hadley’s Orient Hotel. This is a slightly formal occasion with the Premier of Tasmania, the Mayor of Hobart, designated Station Leaders, and other dignitaries present to declare the opening of the upcoming Antarctic...

/ 25 October 2018

Would you like a postcard from Antarctica?

I’m getting ready to head south for the summer season again. Receiving mail down on station is such a great feeling, and so is having the opportunity to share my Antarctic experience with others around the world. When I received the odd postcard last year, I put it up on...

/ 18 October 2018

I’ll be working in Antarctica! Again!

With the contract signed this week it’s time to (officially) announce I’ll be heading South for my second season. I’m very excited to be getting such an amazing opportunity to visit a part of the world which so few people get to see – I’ll be working in Antarctica! Again!...

/ 5 October 2018

Tharwa to Thredbo hike

I’ve always wanted to solo hike the Australian Alps Walking Track, one of the country’s longest and remote hiking trails in the high country. During my summer season at Mawson station I had one of my hiking guide books with me, which meant during my personal time I could pour...

/ 18 August 2018

Home again, home again

On Sunday 14:00 the Aurora Australis berthed at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart, completing my 4 weeks at sea.

/ 5 March 2018

Final days

It’s been a long voyage, having been on the ship for almost 4 weeks now. We departed Mawson two weeks ago and our transit of the Southern Ocean via Davis has brought us such a long way: we’re 2,761 nautical miles out of Mawson, with only a further 223 nm...

/ 2 March 2018

A quick visit to Davis

For the last few days we have been anchored close to Davis station, conducting a quick resupply, retrieving summer personnel, and bunkering down the helicopters to mark the end of the season. All went well and we departed Davis on schedule last night, in similar fashion to Mawson with a...

/ 21 February 2018

Goodbye, Mawson station

I’ve been living on the ship for two weeks now, commuting in to shore when I’ve been needed, but otherwise have been packed up and ready for departure. It’s been an odd feeling, being on the ship for this long but not really having a destination as such. This changed...

/ 17 February 2018

Holding out for the weather

Yesterday and today have been spent out at sea in the pack ice. Checking the forecast (and simply looking outside!) shows there is high winds and poor visibility, which means boating operations are suspended till conditions improve. As an expeditioner it’s great to be in the pack ice though as...

/ 16 February 2018

Sunsets during resupply

Each day following cargo operations the Aurora departs Kista Straight, which is next to the station and in close proximity to neighbouring islands, and heads out to open waters. We’re lucky in that every night of clear skies, we’re treated to fantastic ‘berg cruising followed by incredible sunsets over the...

/ 15 February 2018

Resupply continues

Over the past few days we have been resupplying the station with fuel. This involves connecting a hose line from the tanks aboard the ship moored in Kista Straight, which then runs on the water and up over West Arm, across the sea ice still in Horseshoe Harbour, then into...

/ 9 February 2018

I’m (back) on a boat

With the Aurora Australis now at Mawson I’ve relocated from the station to free up my room for one of the incoming winter expeditioners, so I’m now here living back aboard the ship for the next month. Hello fresh yogurt, milk, and oranges – I’ve missed you! As we flew...

/ 5 February 2018