Do you have a family member or friend in Antarctica? How do you contact them? What is it like for them down south? How do you explain their situation to children?

This section contains the links and documents (also known as the introductory package) to help you adjust to the absence of your friend or family member while they are working in Antarctica.

Contacting expeditioners

These pages will outline how to stay in touch and send gifts to your expeditioner while they are living down south.

Support for family and friends

Here you will find links to support services to assist in alleviating the stress of separation.

An important contact for you is the Expeditioner Liaison & Training Coordinator (ELTC). The ELTC liaises between families and expeditioners once they are in Antarctica.

You can contact the ELTC on free call 1800 030 680 (24 hours), or by contact form (business hours) with your request. If calling from outside Australia, the contact telephone number is +61 3 6232 3283.

Getting to know Antarctica

Understanding the extraordinary environment in which your loved-one is living can help make the time apart easier for everyone. Use these resources to get to know Antarctica and the working life there.