The main focus of life in Antarctica is scientific research. However, maintaining an environment suitable for everyday living, requires complex logistics and teamwork.

Australia’s Antarctic stations are run like small towns, with facilities for power generation, sewage works, water-making, vehicle maintenance, as well as general living, medical and working locations. The layouts of the permanent stations vary and each station has scientific laboratories, power generators, workshops, a small medical facility, stores, communications facilities and living quarters including kitchen, mess, recreation rooms, library and expeditioner accommodation rooms.

The maintenance of the station is undertaken by a team of skilled professionals and trades people. Everyone within the community, no matter what their job, undertake a range of voluntary duties to ensure the smooth running of the station.

Various celebrations and local events are held throughout the year to reinforce group cohesion and a sense of community.