The ANARE station on Macquarie Island is located on a narrow, windswept isthmus near Wireless Hill and is the longest continuously operating Australian station in the subantarctic or Antarctica. Since its establishment by the first ANARE in 1948, the station has been subjected to a series of upgrades and refurbishments, and provides for comfortable accommodation in an otherwise windswept location in the Southern Pacific Ocean.
Currently, the station infrastructure comprises more than 30 separate buildings and includes accommodation, communal mess, doctor’s surgery, stores, workshops, communications and power generation facilities. Most of the research and scientific buildings, including geophysics, biology, upper atmosphere physics and meteorology, are also located on the isthmus.
The Southern Aurora donga (otherwise known as SAD) is one of the original structures located within the complex, and dates from 1958. SAD comprises 18 cubicle style rooms, with communal toilets and showers facilities located at one end. It is the only remaining traditional style donga left on any of the Antarctic stations.
Garden Cove, built in 1969, contains eight slightly large sized rooms similarly with communal ablution facilities. The rooms have raised bunk style beds and windows that can be opened.
Hasselborough House, a more modern style of accommodation, contains 11 rooms, including two doubles, laundry, drying room, toilets and showers.
Cumpston Cottage is a prefabricated two storey timber house erected during the 1995–96 summer. The cottage is comprised of living quarters for the station leader, doctor and chef and also contains the station leader’s office.
The kitchen and the mess combine to serve as the social heart of the station and provide a venue for everyone to meet together in a community atmosphere. Total number of expeditioners on station will vary from 14 to 40 depending on the season or other research or construction projects being undertaken at the time. Traditionally, Macquarie Island is home for up to 16 expeditioners over winter.