Antarctic non-government operations

Mitchell Peninsula above Robertson Channel. A rocky outcrop connected to the continental ice by ice and snow on the Budd Coast. Grant Dixon.

International Antarctic tourism association

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators was established in 1991. It is a voluntary group which advocates and promotes safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. An IAATO objective is "to create a corps of ambassadors for the continued protection of Antarctica by offering the opportunity to experience the continent first hand." IAATO by-laws govern members' activities. The organisation supports the principles of the Antarctic Treaty, and provides statistics on Antarctic travel to inform Antarctic Treaty governments' decisions on tourism management.

IAATO was founded initially by seven companies and now it has over 100 members. For more information on the international Antarctic tourism market and self-regulatory steps which operators have taken to achieve environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic, visit the IAATO website.

Australian Antarctic tour operators

Below is a list of Australian-based companies, or companies with Australian offices, which offer Antarctic or subantarctic tourist voyages or sightseeing flights, or sell berths aboard Antarctic voyages. Please note that this list may be incomplete, and clicking on these links will take you outside the AAD website. Listing does not imply endorsement of any of the companies or their activities. If you are aware of an Australian-based company that is not listed here, please advise us by contacting