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2019/2020 Pre-Season Information
Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Casey
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Casey   Lat: 66°16´54´´S   Long: 110°31´39´´E  
Maximum Population: 88
Medical Facilities: Doctor and surgery available.
Remarks / Description: Casey is on the west coast of Law Dome, an almost circular ice cap 200 km in diameter rising to a height of 1395 m, 110 km inland. The regularly traversed routes on Law Dome are mostly crevasse-free, the exceptions being the steep regions of the coast eat of Cape Folger; the Peterson Glacier; the inflow into the Vanderford Glacier; and the eastern coast of Sparkes Bay at the end of the Loken Moraine. In summer, melt streams and soft snow in the low areas between Loken Moraine and the coast often form hazards for vehicles. Beyond the moraine the surface is comparatively smooth and featureless, with patchy blue ice and snow for several kilometres, gradually changing to neve upon which small to medium sastrugi are encountered. At the southern (inland) edge of the Law Dome ice cape, the elevation drops to 600 m in a wide valley extending from the Totten Glacier to the Vanderford Glacier. South of this valley the plateau continues to rise gradually, reaching an altitude of some 3650 m as the Russian station Vostok is approached. It is a featureless plateau and navigational competence is essential. Although the average wind speed at Casey is 30 km/h, the weather can be deceptively calm. When the wind direction turns to the east, blizzards can set in with very little warning and rapidly reach wind speeds in excess of 150 km/h. These winds can last for several days. occur at any time of the year and can make travel hazardous. Keep a constant watch to the east; when the horizon becomes fuzzy you have less than 30 minutes to take shelter before a blow arrives. The direction of strong winds over the Law Dome area is usually easterly providing a constant sastrugi direction which is often an aid to navigation in bad weather. The inland plateau is characterised by frequent, persistent strong wind and drift, especially during winter months. Temperatures recorded in the station area range from +9.2°C (January) to -41°C (July). (construction commenced 1978)
Name: Davis
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Davis   Lat: 68°34´36´´S   Long: 77°58´03´´E  
Maximum Population: 91
Medical Facilities: Doctor and surgery available.
Remarks / Description: Davis is on the edge of the Vestfold Hills, a triangular ice-free area approximately 400 km2 located on the coast of Princess Elizabeth Land. The hills are of low relief (maximum height 158 m) and are broken by valleys and penetrated deeply by fjords and lakes. They are bounded on two sides by the ice plateau and the Sorsdal Glacier. Numerous islands fringe the coast around Davis, up to 5 km offshore. Davis mean temperatures range from +2.9°C in January to -20.4°C in August, with recorded extremes of +13°C and -40°C. Long periods of relatively calm, fine conditions occur throughout the year. Winds are generally light; the yearly average is around 20 km/h. Violent winds and blizzards can commence with little warning, and gusts over 200 km/h have been recorded. At Platcha hut and other areas near the continental ice sheet, gale force (katabatic) winds regularly occur, even in otherwise fine weather. The effect diminishes significantly as distances of 5 km or more inland on the ice sheet are reached. Snow fall averages 78 mm/year, with the greater proportion of annual accumulation resulting from wind blown drift. Apart from several permanent ice banks, the hills are virtually snow free in summer and lightly covered in winter.
Name: Mawson
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Mawson   Lat: 67°36´10´´S   Long: 62°52´26´´E  
Maximum Population: 41
Medical Facilities: Doctor and surgery available.
Remarks / Description: Mawson Station is located on an isolated outcrop of rock on the coast, at the edge of the Antarctic plateau in Mac.Robertson Land. The plateau surface in the coastal region is mostly blue ice occasionally covered by light snow in winter and spring. The snow is deepest in valleys or on steep leeward slopes, while the higher ridges are invariably swept clear. Heavy melting occurs during summer and melt-water collects in well-defined streams and lakes. Although not necessarily deep they are a hazard to travellers, especially those in fast-moving transport. Further inland from the coast the surface is mainly snow or white ice with occasional blue ice patches. The mean annual windspeed at Mawson is almost 40 km/h although gusts measure well above 180 km/h. Sixteen kilometres inland the wind is much stronger. The winds usually increase after sunset and fall off around midday. Winds are predominantly south-easterly moving towards the west with the onset of bad weather. Mawson experiences long periods of fine weather broken at intervals by periods of high wind and heavy drifting snow. Temperatures range from 10°C to -36°C.
Name: Beaver Lake
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Beaver Lake   Lat: 70°47´34´´S   Long: 68°17´43´´E  
Maximum Population: 10
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive field medical kit only available during summer occupation.
Remarks / Description: Beaver Lake: established January 1995. Used to support Northern Prince Charles Mountains and Amery Ice Shelf operations. The Prince Charles Mountains (PCMs) includes all the mountain areas around by the Lambert Glacier and the Amery ice Shelf, in Mac. Robertson Land. There are numerous mountain ranges and nunataks varying between 1000 m and 3000 m in height. Beaver Lake Base is on the western side of Beaver Lake by the northern shore of Pagadroma George and was established in 1995. The continental ice sheet is highest in the west and east and falls into the trough of the Lambert. The topography within the northern region is variable. The Aramis and Porthos Ranges consist of sharp peaks, with sheer rock faces and large wind scours. In the area of the Beaver Lake and Mawson Escarpment there are mainly rounded mountains with rubble surfaces.
Operating Period: From: November To: February

Name: Cape Denison
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Cape Denison   Lat: 67º 00´ 00´´ S   Long: 142º 40´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 8
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit during occupation.
Remarks / Description: Historic Site, ASPA 162, ASMA 3 and refuge Used intermittently to support field personnel carrying out repairs to the Mawson's huts over the summer period. Cape Denison juts northward into Commonwealth Bay in George V Land.
Operating Period: From: November To: January
Name: Edgeworth David Base (Bunger hills)
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Edgeworth David Base (Bunger hills)   Lat: 66º 15´ 00´´ S   Long: 100º 36´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 8
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive field medical kit available during summer occupation for emergency use.
Remarks / Description: Approximately 440 km west of Casey and 85 km inland from the Shackleton Ice Shelf in the Bunger Hills region, Wilkes Land. Winds are generally easterly and can be particularly strong on the eastern side of the hills. The Denman and Scott Glaciers both generate strong katabatic winds due to the sharpness of their final descent to the coastal shelf ice. Permanent sea ice exists in many areas. However, the ice in tidal passages in the Thomas and Charnockite Island areas and in the north near the Highjump Archipelago are particularly liable to break up in late January and February. An area of permanent sea ice, 4000 m long and 2 m thick, suitable as a runway for large aircraft, can be found on the western side of the Bunger Hills beside Edgeworth David. A glacier blue ice runway area is located to the south at Grace Rocks on the Apfel Glacier. Established 1986.
Operating Period: From: November To: February
Name: Law Racovita Base
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Law Racovita Base   Lat: 69º 23´ 00´´ S   Long: 76º 23´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 11
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive field medical kit available during summer occupation for emergency use.
Remarks / Description: The Larsemann Hills are an ice-free area 110 km southwest of Davis in Princess Elizabeth Land. The hills are bounded in the east by the Dalk Glacier and in the west by the Polararboken Glacier. Numerous lakes and fjords and peninsulas dominate the area. Due to its proximity to the plateau, the area is subject to katabatic winds early in the day but has reliably fine afternoon weather. Law Base is walking distance to the Chinese station of Zhongshan and the Russian station of Progress. The base is located within Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) 6, Larsemann Hills, which is jointly managed by Australia, China, India and the Russian Federation.
Operating Period: From: November To: February
Name: Wilkins Camp
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Wilkins Runway   Lat: 66°41´27.0´´S   Long: 11°31´43.6´´E  
Maximum Population: 8
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive field medical kit on site during summer occupation. Staff members are trained in first aid and crash rescue operations. A doctor is located at Casey.
Remarks / Description: Camp position will be within 2000m of this point. established Jan 2003 Upper Peterson Glacier, Wilkes Land. The camp (and Wilkins runway) is located on an ablation zone, 65km SE of Casey Station. Plant: dozers D7R & D7H; motor grader 14H; snow blowers x2; tracked tractors MT865B & 65B; loader 966G. Vehicles: Hagglunds BV-206, Skidoo, 4x4 utility. Wilkins Runways is Secondary Air Information Station (SAIS). Callsign: 'Wilkins Runway' International Marine VHF: Ch 10- aircraft operations Ch 8- aircraft alternate and camp operations HF, Airband VHF and Iridium available. Note: Casey Station, call sign 'VNJ Casey', is the Primary Air Information Station (PAIS) and monitors Airband 129.7 Mhz and 121.1 Mhz during periods of operation.
Operating Period: From: October To: March

Name: Ace Lake Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Ace Lake   Lat: 68°28´18´´S   Long: 78°11´16´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 2
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: The hut is temporarily moved to the sea ice near the Plough Is skiway for up to 2 months in summer, then returned to Ace lake. This refuge consists of 1 Apple type hut, and provides accommodation for 2 people. The hut is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. A radio is available at this location. Ace Lake Hut is located near the north-western extremity of Long Fjord, 0.5 hours by quad from Davis. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station. Established Summer 2004/05 to support research projects at Ace Lake.
Name: Bandits Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Bandits Bluff   Lat: 68°25´18´´S   Long: 78°23´05´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit
Remarks / Description: Accommodates 4 people, is equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. Bandits Hut is located on a small island at the entrance of Tryne Fjord, 3.5 hours by quad from Davis via Long Fjord and Tryne Fjord. It is located on the north-west side of Tryne Fjord. This hut is the furthest away from Davis (around 29 kilometres to the north-east) and can only be accessed via sea-ice or by helicopter. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 4 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station. Established in 1983. Used in summer to support seal research field personnel, and for recreation.
Name: Bechervaise Island Huts
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Bechervaise Island Huts   Lat: 67º 35´ 02´´ S   Long: 62º 48´ 04´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 5
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit available.
Remarks / Description: Used to support penguin research on Bechervaise Island. Accommodates 5 people (one Apple hut, 2 Googie huts and a storage shed). Contains food, fuel, cooking, heating and laboratory facilities. It is fully fitted out with equipment for five researchers and also has a radio telephone and internet access. Each hut has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents.
Name: Brookes Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Brookes Refuge   Lat: 68º 36´ 06´´ S   Long: 78º 11´ 05´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Accommodates 4 people, is equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. Brookes Hut is located on the shore of Shirokaya Bay, a 3 hour walk from Davis. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station. Established 1972. Used in summer as a depot for seal and lake research, and for recreation.

Name: Browning Peninsula Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Browning Peninsula   Lat: 66°28´10´´S   Long: 110°33´00´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit
Remarks / Description: It is a custom-built sled-mounted hut made from AANBUS panel and accommodates 4 people, equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents. Shelter and a cache of food and fuel is at Ford Island enroute. Used in summer to support field personnel, and for recreation. The Browning Peninsula Refuge is 21 km due south of Casey station. The 69 km inland route for all vehicles is via Lanyon Junction to Haupt Nunatak, then west onto the peninsula. The final approaches from Haupt to the peninsula are prone to severe melting between December and March; beware of deep melt streams and lakes which may have a thin surface layer of ice. Vehicles may become bogged or stuck; deadmen, planks and winches must be carried. Browning Peninsula may be accessible across the sea ice from Robinson's Ridge during winter, and depends upon prior measurement of the ice thickness.
Name: Colbeck Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Colbeck Archipelago   Lat: 67°24´51´´S   Long: 61°00´18´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Colbeck Hut is located 100 km west of Mawson and 5 km north-east of Taylor Glacier on an island in the Colbeck Archipelago. Established in 1988. It is used as shelter for visitors to the Taylor Glacier area, including to monitor the Taylor Glacier emperor penguin colony in ASPA 101. It can only be accessed over fast ice or via rotary wing aircraft. Accommodates four persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG).
Name: Crooked Lake Refuge and Boulder Tent Depot
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Crooked Lake   Lat: 68°37´01´´S   Long: 78°22´55´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 2
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: A refuge is located on the Crooked Lake side of the cross over from Druzhby Lake and a tent depot is situated at the eastern extreme of Crooked Lake at the base of Boulder Hill. Crooked Lake is a 6 hour walk or 2 hour quad journey from Davis. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station. An Apple hut (accommodates 2) is located at the crossover. The hut is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities. No radio equipment present. A tent depot is located at the base of Boulder Hill. The tent depot accommodates 2 people, is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities. Used in summer to support field personnel.
Name: Fang Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Fang Peak   Lat: 67°47´41´´S   Long: 62°35´04´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Fank Peak shelter is situated at the eastern foot of Fang Peak at the northern end of the range, approximately 26 km south-west of Mawson. It is used as shelter for visitors to the David Range. Although it has been used by geologists, its main usage is recreational visits and field training. Established 1982 it accommodates four persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG).

Name: Jack´s Donga
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Jack's Donga   Lat: 66º 13´ 07´´ S   Long: 110º 39´ 02´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit
Remarks / Description: The hut is a decommissioned 'Freighter' sled-mounted traverse van. It accommodates 4 people, equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents. Jack's Donga is on the northern end of the moraine line 9 km directly north-east from Casey station. The 15 km caned access route for any type of vehicle is along the eastern side of the Loken Moraine. Established 1972. Used throughout the year to support field personnel, and for recreation.
Name: Ledingham Depot
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Ledingham Depot   Lat: 67º 22´ 00´´ S   Long: 59º 27´ 09´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 3
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit available during occupation only.
Remarks / Description: Ledingham depot is situated in the Stillwell Hills. Established in 1984 to support science programs. 1 Melon hut and variable fuel depending on programs in the area. Restocked in 2004. ATK
Name: Macey Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Macey Islands   Lat: 67°26´21´´S   Long: 63°49´09´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Macey is located 47 km north-east of Mawson in the eastern part of the Robinson Group. It is accessible only when sea ice is present. Accommodates four persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG). Established in 1971. It is a shelter for visitors to the Auster emperor penguin colony, a further 6 to 9 km to the east, on fast ice.
Name: Marine Plain Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Marine Plain Refuge   Lat: 68º 36´ 09´´ S   Long: 78º 06´ 05´´ E  
Accommodation Capacity: 5
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Accommodates 5 people, is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. No radio equipment present. Used as an emergency refuge or specifically to support field persons working in the protected site, ASPA 143 (Marine Plain). There are 2 Apples and 1 Melon just outside the boundary of the Marine Plain ASPA. From Davis it takes 1.5 hours on foot (4 hours if Ellis Fjord has melted), or 30 minutes by small vehicle. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station.

Name: Mt Henderson Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Henderson, Mount   Lat: 67°42´03´´S   Long: 63°03´23´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Mount Henderson hut is located 15 km south of Mawson. It is situated on the western ridge, below the main peak. Accommodates four persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG). Established in 1978. It is a shelter for visitors to the Mount Henderson area and is presently used for recreational visits and field training.
Name: Peterson Island Emergency Shelter
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Peterson Island   Lat: 66°28´00´´S   Long: 110°30´00´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit
Remarks / Description: Used as emergency shelter only. A 'Melon' hut offering spartan accommodation for four, equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents. Petersen Island Emergency Shelter is located on the northern end of Petersen Island, 21 km south of Casey station, Wilkes Land.
Name: Platcha Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Platcha   Lat: 68°30´42´´S   Long: 78°30´44´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: This refuge consists of 2 huts. The main hut provides accommodation for 4 people. The hut is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. A radio is available at this location. Platcha Hut is located near the eastern extremity of Long Fjord, 12 hours by foot or 1.0-1.5 hours by quad from Davis. At Platcha hut and other areas near the continental ice sheet, gale force (katabatic) winds regularly occur, even in otherwise fine weather. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station. First hut established in April-May 1961. Second hut established in 1982. It is used for access to the plateau. Also used as a base for field training, and for recreation.
Name: Rauer Islands Filla Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Filla Island   Lat: 68°48´29´´S   Long: 77°51´23´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 2
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit available during summer occupation.
Remarks / Description: Rauer Islands Filla Refuge is located on Filla Island. Accommodation for 2 people. Established 1999 to support field personnel in summer

Name: Rauer Islands Hop Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Hop Island   Lat: 68°49´43´´S   Long: 77°42´08´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 5
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit available during summer occupation.
Remarks / Description: Rauer Islands Hop Refuge is located on Hop Island. Accommodates up to 5 people. This site consists of a Smartie (3 people) and one Apple hut (2 people). The huts are equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities. ATK Established 1990. Used in summer to support field personnel.
Name: Robinson Ridge Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Robinson Ridge   Lat: 66°22´08´´S   Long: 110°35´40´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit
Remarks / Description: A rebuilt old-Casey building mounted on skids. It accommodates 4 people, equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents. Robinson's Ridge Refuge is located 10 km due south of Casey station. The 15 km caned route for any type of vehicle is initially along the western edge of the Loken Moraine for approximately 4 km and then through the gap to the eastern side of the moraine for the last 6 km. Travellers must keep well clear of the dangerously crevassed area at the southern end of the moraine line on the shores of Sparkes Bay, turning west for the final approach from the Kros Moraine. Established 1988. Used in summer to support field personnel, and for recreation.
Name: Rookery Lake Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Rookery Lake   Lat: 68°29´53´´S   Long: 78°04´23´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 2
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Used as an emergency refuge and in summer by field personnel in support of monitoring programs on Adelie penguins. Accommodates 2 people (Apple hut), is equipped with food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. No radio equipment present. Rookery Lake hut is located at the western end of Long Peninsula, Vestfold Hills.
Name: Rumdoodle Hut
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Rumdoodle Lake   Lat: 67°46´08´´S   Long: 62°49´01´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 5
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Rumdoodle is located 18.5 km south of Mawson. The shelter is known as 'Maxine's' and is situated at the western foot of the range, approximately 2 km from its northern end. Accommodates five persons. It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG). It is used as shelter for visitors to the North Masson Range. Although it has been used for snow petrel research, its main usage is for recreational visits and field training.

Name: Scullin Monolith Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Scullin Monolith   Lat: 67°47´00´´S   Long: 66°42´00´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 2
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive field first aid kit during occupation.
Remarks / Description: The Scullin Monolith shelter is located approximately 180 km east of Mawson. It is not usually accessible overland from the station but is resupplied and checked from vessels offshore or by helicopter. Established in 1988. It is used as a depot in support of summer field programs in ASPA 164. Accommodates two persons (Apple hut). It contains food and fuel for heating, lighting, and cooking (either kerosene or LPG). ATK
Name: Trajer Ridge Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Trajer Ridge   Lat: 68°33´39´´S   Long: 78°30´00´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 3
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Accommodates 3 people (Melon hut), is equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. Trajer Ridge hut is about 24 kms from Davis Station and is at least a 12 hour walk from Davis or 1.5 - 2 hour quad trip. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station. Established 1988. Used as a emergency refuge and due to be replaced.
Name: Watts Lake Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Watts Lake   Lat: 68°36´12´´S   Long: 78°13´10´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit.
Remarks / Description: Accommodates 4 people, is equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to the hut's fittings and contents. Watt's Lake Hut is located at the eastern end of Ellis Fjord, a 3 hour walk from Davis. Under normal conditions, no point in the Vestfold Hills is further than 3 hours travel by vehicle from a refuge or the station. Used in summer by field personnel in support of biological programs in the Fjord and nearby lakes, and for recreation.
Name: Wilkes 'Hilton' Refuge
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Wilkes   Lat: 66°15´26´´S   Long: 110°31´32´´E  
Accommodation Capacity: 6
Medical Facilities: Comprehensive first aid kit
Remarks / Description: It is a decommissioned Wilkes transmitter building. It accommodates six in bunks, with space for an additional four, equipped with a radio, food, fuel and cooking facilities and has a list of instructions peculiar to its fittings and contents. Wilkes Refuge is located in the old transmitter hut within the Wilkes station complex, on the Clark Peninsula approximately 3 km due north of Casey station. Any form of vehicle may be used to reach Wilkes via the caned overland route (7 km). The route is subject to heavy melting and wash-aways during the summer months and may then be impassable to vehicles. Access to Wilkes by quad, foot or ski in winter requires good sea ice if you intend to cross Newcomb Bay. Established 1962. Used throughout the year to support field personnel, and for recreation.

Name: Casey Area emergency depots
Type: Other
Location:
Site Name:    Lat:    Long:   
Medical Facilities:
Remarks / Description: To assist field parties in an emergency or to facilitate long-distance journeys, depots of fuel, food, and equipment have been placed at: - the receive site hut (GR 648.05/477.75 of Casey Station Local Area Map), - Shirley Island at (GR 648.5/477 of Casey Station Local Area Map). Provision caches can also be found at: - Thompson Is in the Balaena group, 40km north of Casey. This cache has not been visited for some time. It is recommended that if and when it is ever visited again, that it should be removed. - Ford Is in Penney Bay, 14km south of Casey.

Vessels Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Vessels
Name: Aurora Australis
Country of Registry: Australia
Number of Voyages: 3
Maximum Crew: 27
Maximum Passengers: 116
Remarks:
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Areas of Operation Purpose
25 Oct 2019 Hobart 02 Dec 2019 Hobart Voyage 1 - Davis Resupply
16 Dec 2019 Hobart 11 Jan 2020 Hobart Voyage 2 - Casey Resupply
17 Jan 2020 Hobart 04 Mar 2020 Hobart
28 Jan 2020 Davis
06 Feb 2020 Mawson
Voyage 3 - Mawson Resupply, Davis Summer Retrieval

Aircrat Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Aircraft
Type: Airbus A319
Category: Intercontinental flights
Number Of Flights: 16
Period From: 23/10/2019
Period To: 04/03/2020
Remarks: Intercontinental flight from Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome to transport passengers and cargo.
Departure Date Route Purpose
23 Oct 2019 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FA010N - Transport pax and cargo to Hobart
23 Oct 2019 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FA010S - Transport pax and cargo to Antarctica
30 Oct 2019 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FA020S - Transport pax and cargo to Antarctica
30 Oct 2019 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FA020N - Transprt pax and cargo to Hobart
06 Nov 2019 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FA030S - Transport pax and cargo to Antarctica
06 Nov 2019 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FA030N - Transport pax and cargo to Hobart
20 Nov 2019 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FA040S - Transport pax and cargo to Antarctica
20 Nov 2019 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FA040N - Transport pax and cargo to Hobart
20 Dec 2019 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FA060S - Transport pax and cargo to Antarctica
20 Dec 2019 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FA060N - Transport pax and cargo to Hobart
05 Feb 2020 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FA070N - Transport to pax and cargo to Hobart
05 Feb 2020 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FA070S - Transport pax and cargo to Antarctica
12 Feb 2020 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FA080S - Transport pax and cargo to Antarctica
12 Feb 2020 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FA080N - Transport pax and cargo to Hobart
04 Mar 2020 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FA090N - Transport pax and cargo to Hobart
04 Mar 2020 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FA090S - Transport pax and cargo to Antarctica
Type: Boeing C17 - Globemaster
Category: Intercontinental flights
Number Of Flights: 11
Period From: 04/11/2019
Period To: 24/02/2020
Remarks: Intercontinental flights from Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome to transport cargo and limited passengers.
Departure Date Route Purpose
04 Nov 2019 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FC17010S - Transport cargo and pax to Antarctica.
04 Nov 2019 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FC17010N - Transport cargo and pax to Hobart
16 Dec 2019 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FC17020N - Transport cargo and pax to Hobart
16 Dec 2019 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FC17020S - Transport cargo and pax to Antarctica
20 Jan 2020 Hobart to vicinity of Casey Station return Airdrop cargo.
10 Feb 2020 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FC17030N - Transport cargo and pax to Hobart
10 Feb 2020 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FC17030S - Transport cargo and pax to Antarctica
17 Feb 2020 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FC17040S - Transport cargo and pax to Antarctica
17 Feb 2020 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FC17040N - Transport cargo and pax to Hobart
24 Feb 2020 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome FC17050S - Transport cargo and pax to Antarctica
24 Feb 2020 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart FC17050N - Transport cargo and pax to Hobart
Type: Lockheed Martin C130J
Category: Intercontinental flights
Number Of Flights: 2
Period From: 20/02/2020
Period To: 01/03/2020
Remarks: Transport cargo
Departure Date Route Purpose
20 Feb 2020 Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome Transport cargo to Antarctica
20 Feb 2020 Wilkins Aerodrome to Hobart Transport cargo to Hobart

Research Rockets Report
Military
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Military
Military personnel in expeditions: Up to 100 individuals undertaking various roles including crew on C-17 cargo transport flights and occasional participation in other national program activities.
Number and Type of Armaments possessed by personnel: No Armaments are possessed by personnel.
Number and Type of Armaments of ships and aircraft: No Armaments are on ships or aircraft
Information and Location of Military Equipment in the AT Area: N/A

Vessel-Based Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Vessel-Based Operations
Operator:
Name: Aurora Expeditions
Contact Address: level 2, 35 Buckingham Street, Surrey Hills, NSW 2010
Email Address: auroraex@auroraexpeditions.com.au
Website Address: www.auroraexpeditions.com.au
Name of Vessel: MV Greg Mortimer
Country of Registry: Bahamas
Number of Voyages: 14 
Maximum Crew: 54
Maximum Passengers: 122
Remarks:
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
23 Oct 2019 Ushuaia 30 Oct 2019 Ushuaia
31 Oct 2019 Ushuaia 10 Nov 2019 Ushuaia
10 Nov 2019 Ushuaia 20 Nov 2019 Ushuaia
20 Nov 2019 Ushuaia 30 Nov 2019 Ushuaia
30 Nov 2019 Ushuaia 18 Dec 2019 Ushuaia
18 Dec 2019 Ushuaia 29 Dec 2019 Ushuaia
29 Dec 2019 Ushuaia 17 Jan 2020 Ushuaia
17 Jan 2020 Ushuaia 26 Jan 2020 Frei
26 Jan 2020 Frei 04 Feb 2020 Ushuaia
04 Feb 2020 Ushuaia 15 Feb 2020 Ushuaia
15 Feb 2020 Ushuaia 25 Feb 2020 Frei
25 Feb 2020 Frei 03 Mar 2020 Frei
04 Mar 2020 Frei 15 Mar 2020 Ushuaia
15 Mar 2020 Ushuaia 03 Apr 2020 Ushuaia

Operator:
Name: Ben Wallis
Contact Address:
Email Address: ben@ocean-expeditions.com
Website Address: www.ocean-expditions.com
Name of Vessel: Australis
Country of Registry: Cook Islands
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 3
Maximum Passengers: 9
Remarks:
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
01 Oct 2019 Ushuaia 01 May 2020 Ushuaia
01 Oct 2019 Ushuaia 01 May 2020 Ushuaia
01 Oct 2019 Ushuaia 01 May 2020 Ushuaia

Operator:
Name: Darrel Day
Contact Address: 75 Glacier Way, Babb, Montana USA
Email Address: darrel@spiritofsydney.net
Website Address: N/A
Name of Vessel: MV Ortelius
Country of Registry: Netherlands
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 54
Maximum Passengers: 122
Remarks: With Oceanwide Expeditions
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
13 Jan 2020 Ushuaia, Argentina 15 Feb 2020 Bluff, New Zealand Darrel Day, Delphine Aures, Rolf Stange, Claudia Holgate, Dr Gary Miller, Christian Engelke, Dr Steven Emslie, John Shears, Shaun Norman, Victoria Salem, Dr Heidi Sevestre, Mark Vogler, Valentin Nivet
16 Feb 2020 Bluff, New Zealand 18 Mar 2020 Ushuaia, Argentina Darrel Day, Delphine Aures, Rolf Stange, Claudia Holgate, Dr Gary Miller, Christian Engelke, Dr Steven Emslie, John Shears, Shaun Norman, Victoria Salem, Dr Heidi Sevestre, Mark Vogler, Valentin Nivet

Operator:
Name: Darrel Day
Contact Address: 75 Glacier Way, Babb, Montana USA
Email Address: darrel@spiritofsydney.net
Website Address: N/A
Name of Vessel: Spirit of Sydney
Country of Registry: Australia
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 2
Maximum Passengers: 7
Remarks:
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
24 Nov 2019 Ushuaia 19 Dec 2019 Ushuaia
31 Dec 2019 Ushuaia 21 Jan 2020 Ushuaia
31 Jan 2020 Ushuaia 25 Feb 2020 Ushuaia

Land-Based Operations
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Land-Based Operations
Expedition Name: Icetrek Expeditions - Tourism activities 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Flight to ALCI Airbase, transfers to South Polce, Atka Bay and Schirmacher Oasis
Activities: Aircraft Flight, Anchoring Only, Climbing, Extended Walk, Helicopter Flight, Ice Walk, Station Visit
Number of Participants: 10
Date begin: 10 Dec 2019
Date end: 21 Dec 2019
Number of personnel: 3
Operator:
Name: Eric Philips
Contact Address: 28B Lalwinya Road, Mt Nelson, Tasmania
Email Address: eric@icetrek.com
Website Address: www.icetrek.com
Remarks:
Location of Activities
Routes: 10/12/2019 Flight Cape Town to ALCI Airbase 11/12/2019 Arrive Antarctica, Transfer to Oasis Guesthouse located in Schirmacher Oasis 12/12/2019 Flight to South Pole, South Pole station visit (subject to change) 14/12/2019 Visit Atka Bay Emperor Penguin Rookery (subject to change) 16/12/2019 - 20/12/2019 - Treks and drives within Schirmacher Oasis and within a radius of 50km of Oasis Guesthouse (subject to change) 21/12/2019 - Return to Cape Town
Expedition Name: Icetrek Expeditions - Tourism activities 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Flight to ALCI Airbase, transfers to South Polce, Atka Bay and Schirmacher Oasis
Activities: Aircraft Flight, Aircraft Landing, Camping, Climbing, Extended Walk, Station Visit
Number of Participants: 10
Date begin: 28 Nov 2019
Date end: 10 Dec 2019
Number of personnel: 3
Operator:
Name: Eric Philips
Contact Address: 28B Lalwinya Road, Mt Nelson, Tasmania
Email Address: eric@icetrek.com
Website Address: www.icetrek.com
Remarks:
Location of Activities
Routes: 28/11/2019 Flight Cape Town to ALCI Airbase 29/11/2019 Arrive Antarctica, Transfer to Oasis Guesthouse located in Schirmacher Oasis 30/11/2019 Flight to South Pole, South Pole station visit (subject to change) 2/12/20119 Visit Atka Bay Emperor Penguin Rookery (subject to change) 4/12/2018 - 9/12/2019 - Treks and drives within Schirmacher Oasis and within a radius of 50km of Oasis Guesthouse (subject to change) 10/12/2019 - Return to Cape Town

Expedition Name: The Longest Journey Expedition 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Flight to ALCI Airbase, ski, and snow kiting
Activities: Aircraft Flight, Aircraft Landing, Camping, Climbing, Extended Walk, Skiing, Station Visit
Number of Participants: 1
Date begin: 05 Nov 2019
Date end: 21 Jan 2020
Number of personnel: 1
Operator:
Name: Geoff Wilson
Contact Address: 138 Pigabeen Road, Currumbin Valley Queensland
Email Address: Geoff@5thelementexpeditions.com
Website Address:
Remarks:
Location of Activities
05 Nov 2019 ALCI Airbase
05 Nov 2019 Pole of Inaccessibility
07 Dec 2019 Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
24 Dec 2019 Argus, Dome
15 Jan 2020 ALCI Airbase
Routes: 6/11/2019 - Fly Cape Town to ALCI Airbase 7/11/2019 - fly ALCI Airbase to Thorshammer, expedition start 28/11/2019 - arrive Pole of Inaccessibility 8/12/2019 - arrive Dome Argus summit 15/01/2019 - Arrival ALCI Airbase 21/01/2020 - Fly to Cape Town

Denial of Authorizations
Area Protection and Management Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management
ASPA: Number:  101    Name:  Taylor Rookery, Mac. Robertson Land (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP19-20-4086-4088-Winte
Number of people permitted: 4
Permit Period: From:  13 Jun 2019   To:  30 Nov 2019
Purpose: Science - 4086 and 4088- Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP), Monitoring the status and trends of Antarctic seabirds to improve fisheries management and detect climate change impacts in east Antarctica
Summary of activities: Servicing and downloading automated cameras, Photographic census of emperor penguins
Event or project name/number: 4086 and 4088- Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Eco
ASPA: Number:  102    Name:  Rookery Islands, Holme Bay, Mac. Robertson Land (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP19-20-4086-4088-Winte
Number of people permitted: 4
Permit Period: From:  13 Jun 2019   To:  30 Nov 2019
Purpose: Science - 4086 and 4088- Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP), Monitoring the status and trends of Antarctic seabirds to improve fisheries management and detect climate change impacts in east Antarctica
Summary of activities: Servicing and downloading automated cameras, Photographic census of emperor penguins
Event or project name/number: 4086 and 4088- Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Eco
ASPA: Number:  103    Name:  Ardery Island and Odbert Island, Budd Coast, Wilkes Land, East Antarctica (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP19-20-4086-4088-Winte
Number of people permitted: 4
Permit Period: From:  13 Jun 2019   To:  30 Nov 2019
Purpose: Science-4086 and 4088-Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP), Monitoring the status and trends of Antarctic seabirds to improve fisheries management and detect climate change impacts in east Antarctica
Summary of activities: Servicing and downloading automated cameras, Photographic census of emperor penguins
Event or project name/number: 4086 and 4088-Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecos
ASPA: Number:  124    Name:  Cape Crozier, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP 19-20-MV ORTELIUS
Number of people permitted: 4
Permit Period: From:  01 Jan 2020   To:  01 Jan 2020
Purpose: to facilitate scientific research under permit number ACA 2016-013
Summary of activities: 13. Access to ASPA 124 Cape Crozier is permitted only to facilitate scientific research under permit number ACA 2016-013, issued by the United States of America National Science Foundation, Division of Polar Programs. The permit holder or their agent may enter the site with the assistance of up to three support personnel, with one support person accompanying the permit holder or their agent for safety purposes, whilst conducting the research. The remaining personnel must remain at the place of landing.
Event or project name/number: Darrel Day, Spirit of Sydney Expeditions MV ORTELIUS

ASPA: Number:  136    Name:  Clark Peninsula, Budd Coast, Wilkes Land, East Antarctica (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP19-20-4086-4088-Winte
Number of people permitted: 4
Permit Period: From:  13 Jun 2019   To:  30 Nov 2019
Purpose: Science - 4086 and 4088- Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP), Monitoring the status and trends of Antarctic seabirds to improve fisheries management and detect climate change impacts in east Antarctica
Summary of activities: Servicing and downloading automated cameras, Photographic census of emperor penguins
Event or project name/number: 4086 and 4088-Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecos
ASPA: Number:  143    Name:  Marine Plain, Mule Peninsula, Vestfold Hills, Princess Elizabeth Land (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP 17-18-5034-VAR3
Number of people permitted: 8
Permit Period: From:  03 Nov 2017   To:  31 May 2022
Purpose: Management visits to monitor fossil sites and assess impacts of visitation
Summary of activities: Additional activities and markers granted for project
Event or project name/number: AAP 5034 Effective Territories Management
ASPA: Number:  155    Name:  Cape Evans, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP 19-20-MV ORTELIUS
Number of people permitted: 176
Permit Period: From:  01 Jan 2020   To:  30 Apr 2020
Purpose: Tourism
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Darrel Day, Spirit of Sydney Expeditions MV ORTELIUS
ASPA: Number:  157    Name:  Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP 19-20-MV ORTELIUS
Number of people permitted: 176
Permit Period: From:  01 Jan 2020   To:  30 Apr 2020
Purpose: Tourism
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Darrel Day, Spirit of Sydney Expeditions MV ORTELIUS

ASPA: Number:  158    Name:  Hut Point, Ross Island (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP 19-20-MV ORTELIUS
Number of people permitted: 176
Permit Period: From:  01 Jan 2020   To:  30 Apr 2020
Purpose: Tourism
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Darrel Day, Spirit of Sydney Expeditions MV ORTELIUS
ASPA: Number:  159    Name:  Cape Adare, Borchgrevink Coast (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP 19-20-MV ORTELIUS
Number of people permitted: 4
Permit Period: From:  01 Jan 2020   To:  30 Apr 2020
Purpose: Tourism
Summary of activities: One flight
Event or project name/number: Darrel Day, Spirit of Sydney Expeditions MV ORTELIUS
ASPA: Number:  167    Name:  Hawker Island, Princess Elizabeth Land (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP19-20-4086-4088-Winte
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  13 Jun 2019   To:  30 Nov 2019
Purpose: Science - 4086 and 4088- Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP), Monitoring the status and trends of Antarctic seabirds to improve fisheries management and detect climate change impacts in east Antarctica
Summary of activities: Servicing and downloading automated cameras, Photographic census of emperor penguins
Event or project name/number: 4086 and 4088-Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecos
ASPA: Number:  169    Name:  Amanda Bay, Ingrid Christensen Coast, Princess Elizabeth Land, East Antarctica (More Details)
Permit Number: ATEP19-20-4086-4088-Winte
Number of people permitted: 4
Permit Period: From:  13 Jun 2019   To:  30 Nov 2019
Purpose: Science - 4086 and 4088- Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP), Monitoring the status and trends of Antarctic seabirds to improve fisheries management and detect climate change impacts in east Antarctica
Summary of activities: Servicing and downloading automated cameras, Photographic census of emperor penguins
Event or project name/number: 4086 and 4088-Detecting potential fishery related and climate change impacts through the CCAMLR Ecos
Aircrat Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Aircraft Activities
Type: Antarctic Scenic Flights
Number Of Flights: 5
Period From: 10/11/2019
Period To: 16/02/2020
Operator: Qantas Airways Limited
Description / Remarks: Tourism overflights of Antarctica. Specific dates to be confirmed. Specific routes to be determined on flight by flight basis.
Departure Date Departure Location Arrival Location Route Purpose Number Of Passengers
10 Nov 2019 Brisbane, Australia Brisbane, Australia Route flown will be finalised by Captain immediately prior to departure on a flight by flight basis following weather assessments - involving over flights over various areas of Antarctica Antarctic scenic flight 280
17 Nov 2019 Sydney Sydney Route flown will be finalised by Captain immediately prior to departure on a flight by flight basis following weather assessments - involving over flights over various areas of Antarctica Tourism scenic overflight of Antarctica 280
24 Nov 2019 Adelaide Adelaide Route flown will be finalised by Captain immediately prior to departure on a flight by flight basis following weather assessments - involving over flights over various areas of Antarctica Tourism overflight of Antarctica 280
31 Dec 2019 Melbourne Melbourne Route flown will be finalised by Captain immediately prior to departure on a flight by flight basis following weather assessments - involving over flights over various areas of Antarctica Tourism overflight of Antarctica 280
16 Feb 2020 Melbourne Melbourne Route flown will be finalised by Captain immediately prior to departure on a flight by flight basis following weather assessments - involving over flights over various areas of Antarctica Tourism overflight of Antarctica 280

General Report