Location

Aerial photo of Davis showing buildings in an ice-free zone
Aerial photo of Davis station (Photo: M. Woolridge)
Aerial photo of Davis with tarns in shotAerial photo of Davis covered in snowStation buildings with some under construction.

Davis Station is located on the edge of the Vestfold Hills on the eastern side of Prydz Bay on the Ingrid Christensen Coast of Princess Elizabeth Land. It is bounded by the Sorsdal Glacier in the south, by the steep ice-covered slopes leading up to the continental plateau in the east some 24 km from the coast, and by the sea to the northwest. The area is roughly triangular in shape and lies between latitudes 68°20'S and 68°41'S and between longitudes 78°36'E and 77°48'E.

The station is about 20 km from the edge of the continental ice sheet, 4,700 km SW of Perth.

It was named after Captain John King Davis who captained vessels on Mawson’s and other Antarctic expeditions.

Davis is built on frozen moraine deposits and sand and in its original form consisted of a line of buildings lying across the prevailing winds. Several of the early buildings which predate the 1980s rebuilding program are of cultural heritage significance.

Given good weather and ice conditions, ships take about ten to twelve days to reach Davis from Hobart. The anchorage is about 2 km off-shore, from where it takes about ten minutes to reach the shore by barge. Cargo can always be discharged over fast ice early in the summer season.

Davis is home to about 120 expeditioners over summer and about 18 over winter.

This page was last modified on 8 February 2011.