Expeditioners playing table tennis, others sitting and watching with drinks
Table tennis tournaments are popular at all stations (Photo G. Browning)
Expeditioners playing guitars and bongos

Expeditioners undertake a range of recreational activities during their time in Antarctica and each station is well-equipped to keep everyone active, even in the darkest winter months.

All stations have wireless internet access, an extensive library (including eBooks), a cinema and a wide selection of music and movies.

Stations have a small spa and sauna, a gymnasium, billiards, table tennis, volley ball, board games and darts. There is communal band and stage equipment (drum kit, bass electric guitars, keyboard, etc) and performances are regular events.

All stations have outdoor sports equipment, such as bikes and cross country skis, and a small ski loop. Davis and Mawson stations have climbing walls.

It is expected that anyone using the equipment cares for it as if it were their own, and report any defective equipment to the station field equipment officer. All outdoor recreational activities are subject to the Division’s outdoor recreation policy.

Expeditioners may also take materials to use in the hobby huts; sheds that are set up so that art, craft and wood work can be carried out without having to use the station workshops. Many expeditioners also use the time study during the long winter months.