Field sites

Adélie penguins on rock nests in foreground with two large orange pill-shaped huts at rear.
Adélie penguin monitoring at Béchervaise Island (Photo: Matt Low)
Five red apple shaped huts along the frozen shoreline of a vast lake.Mawson’s Huts (Photo: Tony Fleming)Edgeworth-David field camp at Bunger HillsLaw Base in the Larsemann HillsScullin Monolith: an ampitheatre of rock cliff. It has cliff faces several hundred metres high, soaring straight up from the ocean.

Australia is active throughout the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT). To support our deep field activities, Australia has a number of field sites which can be used during the Antarctic summer. Australia is also investing in the re-establishment of its traverse capability and a mobile inland station. The mobile station will be able to be deployed by the traverse anywhere in the AAT.

Australian field sites within the AAT include:

Beaver Lake

Located at 70°47’ S 68°17’ E near the Prince Charles Mountains. Established in 1995, Beaver Lake Base is used to support Northern Prince Charles Mountains and Amery Ice Shelf operations in Mac.Robertson Land.

Béchervaise Island Huts

Located at 67° 35’ S 62° 48’ E on Béchervaise Island in Holme Bay, Mac.Robertson Land. The huts are used to support penguin research and long-term monitoring.

Cape Denison

Located at 67° 00’ S 142° 40’ E Cape Denison. Home to Mawson’s Huts Historic Site and supporting field huts, Cape Denison juts northward into Commonwealth Bay in George V Land. Mawson’s Huts Historic Site is located within Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) 162.

Edgeworth David Base

Located at 66° 15’ S 100° 36’ E in the Bunger Hills. Edgeworth David was established as a summer camp in 1986. It is located approximately 440km west of Casey research station and 85km inland from the Shackleton Ice Shelf in the Bunger Hills region, Wilkes Land.

Law Base

Located at 69° 23’ S 76° 23’ E, at an elevation of 65m, in the Larsemann Hills. The Larsemann Hills are an ice-free area 110km southwest of Davis research station in Princess Elizabeth Land. Law Base is located within Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) 6, Larsemann Hills, which is jointly managed by Australia, China, India and the Russian Federation as the countries with research stations in the area.

Scullin Monolith Refuge

Located at 67°47’ S 66°42’ E. Established in 1988, the Scullin Monolith shelter is located approximately 180km east of Mawson in Mac.Robertson Land.