Location of Davis station

An aerial view from the water of Davis station.
Davis station (Photo: David Barringhaus)
Aerial photo of Davis showing buildings in an ice-free zoneAerial photo of Davis with tarns in shot

Davis station is located on the edge of the Vestfold Hills on the eastern side of Prydz Bay on the Ingrid Christensen Coast of Princess Elizabeth Land. It is bounded by the Sørsdal Glacier in the south, by the steep ice-covered slopes leading up to the continental plateau in the east some 24km from the coast, and by the sea to the northwest. The area is roughly triangular in shape and lies between latitudes 68°20’S and 68°41’S and between longitudes 78°36’E and 77°48’E.

The station is about 20km from the edge of the continental ice sheet, 4700km SW of Perth.

It was named after Captain John King Davis who captained vessels on Mawson’s and other Antarctic expeditions.

Davis is built on frozen moraine deposits and sand and in its original form consisted of a line of buildings lying across the prevailing winds. Several of the early buildings which predate the 1980s rebuilding program are of cultural heritage significance.

Given good weather and ice conditions, ships take ten to twelve days to reach Davis from Hobart. The anchorage is about 2km off-shore, and it takes about ten minutes to reach the shore by barge. Cargo is discharged over fast ice early in the summer season.

Davis is home to about 120 expeditioners over summer and about 18 over winter.