Encouraged by the success of the 1908/09 Nimrod Expedition, and in particular his successful trip to the South Magnetic Pole, Douglas Mawson planned to lead his own expedition to explore the Antarctic coastline directly south of Australia. The Australasian Antarctic Expedition sailed from Hobart on 2nd December 1911. The Expedition made a brief stop at Macquarie Island to establish a radio base and then continued south making landfall at Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay. Unbeknownst to Mawson and his men they had discovered the windiest place on the planet, renowned as the ‘home of the blizzard’. Mawson's Hut at Cape Denison still stands; protected against the extreme weather for which the region is renowned. Cape Denison has historically been one of the very few ice free and readily accessible areas along the East Antarctic coastline. However when the Mertz Glacier tongue broke off in 2010 it blocked the annual movement of sea ice preventing any shipping and effectively isolating the area, we have been monitoring conditions in this region since and now see opportunities to return and explore this majestic, remote coastline.
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|DAY 1||Arrive Invercargill, overnight hotel|
|DAY 2||Board the Akademik Shokalskiy and set sail|
|DAY 3||Snares Island|
|DAYS 4/5||The Auckland Islands|
|DAY 6||At Sea|
|DAYS 7/8||Macquarie Island, home to an abundance of wildlife|
|DAYS 9/11||At sea|
|DAYS 12/18||Flexible itinerary exploring Commonwealth Bay|
|DAYS 19/22||At sea|
|DAYS 23/24||Campbell Island|
|DAY 25||At Sea|
|DAY 26||Disembark Port Bluff where trip concludes with a transfer to Invercargill|