The focus of life in Antarctica is scientific research. However, running an Antarctic station requires complex logistics and teamwork.

Australia’s Antarctic stations run like small towns. They have facilities for power generation, sewage works, water making, vehicle maintenance, general living, medical and working locations.

Station maintenance is done by a team of skilled professionals and trades people. Everyone — no matter what their job — takes on a range of voluntary duties. This ensures the smooth running of the station.

The building layout varies for each station. The permanent stations have scientific laboratories, power generators, workshops, medical facilities, stores and communications facilities. The living quarters include a kitchen, mess, recreation rooms, library and accommodation.

Expeditioners get together and celebrate local events throughout the year to foster a sense of community.