Australia operates 4 permanent stations in the Antarctic regions. Mawson, Davis and Casey stations are on the continent, and Macquarie Island station is in the sub-Antarctic.
The people who live on these stations conduct research which tells us about the world, its evolution and our place in it. Some of the key areas include climate, ice studies, wildlife and environment, and the Southern Ocean.
Tradespeople also live at the stations. These include plumbers, electricians, mechanics and carpenters. They keep the stations running and support the scientific research.
Many who visit describe the magic of Antarctica. Despite being the coldest and windiest continent, there is also vast beauty.