Australia and New Zealand both have acted as lesser-known cruise gateways to visit the incredible sights of East Antarctica. Here you will board your vessel and travel directly to one of the earth’s most remote and incredible locations. Cruises typically depart from either Hobart in Australia or Invercargill in New Zealand and focus on either the Commonwealth Bay area or the Ross Sea. These are some of the most remote regions of the earth and only a few hundred people are able to visit each year. Wildlife is abundant and it is in this region that the relics of the ‘heroic period’ of Antarctic exploration can be seen and experienced.
However, a lot of Australians prefer to fly to South America and board a cruise there. Those cruises are generally shorter in time and more affordable. Anther advantage is that you can explore Patagonia before or after the cruise, which is an incredible Experience.
A Typical Day In Antarctica
DAY 1: Arrival in Ushuaia
Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). It has a dramatic setting, surrounded by mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south, making it a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic adventure.
On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.
Can I Travel With You?
A common question we receive regularly here at the foundation is “Can we travel to Antarctica with you”? The Mawson’s Huts Foundation is not a tourist organisation per se but does involve itself in tourism a little! which we will elaborate on in this article.
The Mawson’s Huts Foundation is dedicated to conservation of the historic huts in Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica. The huts are a legacy left by Sir Douglas Mawson on his famous 1911-1914 expedition. For more details on the expedition please check here.
Mawson was ahead of his time, in many ways an early conservationist and his expedition that departed Australia for Antarctica was very much scientific in nature. At our museum in Hobart, Australia you can see firsthand how Mawson and his men lived in a small hut at the very edge of the world in pursuit of their endeavours.
Like Mawson, our expeditions are taking specialised people to the site. We take Heritage Carpenters for essential maintenance work, Archaeologists, Conservators, a Journalist, a Chef and Historians… oh and a Doctor! If you do have any of these skills, we would love to hear from you, and perhaps you could be joining us on an expedition in the future. Sizes of our teams do vary between 4 and 12 people, depending on the scope of work required, we do medical and character testing and enjoy getting dedicated people with multiple skills onboard.
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Talk to an Antarctica Expert
If you are an average Joe, and would like to experience Antarctica firsthand, we have a range of sponsors who can certainly help you travel to the white continent. Whether you would like to travel to Antarctica from Australia, from New Zealand or from South America, we have a range of options, so just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in touch with some true experts. A trip to the Antarctic is life changing and something you will remember forever.
If Antarctica is a bit too far away, every two years we hold the Australian Antarctic Festival in Hobart. This festival gives a fascinating insight into all aspects of the Antarctic, both historical and modern day, and displays equipment, science, and a matter of all things in an interactive and fun way. For more details on travelling to Hobart for the festival and the festival program please click here.
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