‘So it came about that the Main Base was finally settled at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay,’ reported Mawson with satisfaction.

Commonwealth Bay is the site at which Douglas Mawson established the headquarters of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) in 1912. Today the wooden buildings in which the 18 men of the Cape Denison party lived for up to two years still stand, although the ferocity of the weather has taken its toll. The Australian Government provides grants to assist in the maintenance of the structures.

Read the stories of the AAE and learn more about the place that was Australia’s gateway to Antarctica.

Current tidal predictions for Commonwealth Bay can be viewed at the Bureau of Meteorology website.