Davis station — proposed aviation hub of East Antarctica

Davis research station
Davis research station

Location: 68° 34′ 36″ S, 77° 58′ 03″ E (−68.5766, 77.9674)

Davis research station was established in 1957. Up to 100 expeditioners live and work at the station each summer, with the station population shrinking to around 20 in winter.

Location

The station sits on the coast of the ice-free Vestfold Hills, near the Sørsdal Glacier. It is a six-hour flight from the Antarctic Gateway city of Hobart.

The physical location of Davis, combined with nearby wildlife populations and the pristine high latitude atmosphere have long established Davis station as a key research location for the Australian Antarctic Science Program.

Current Access

The main method of transport to and from Davis research station is on a ship with icebreaking capability, traditionally the RSV Aurora Australis. Currently a resupply voyage occurs each November, and delivers supplies and expeditioners to the station. The icebreaker returns in late February/early March to collect the summer expeditioners for the two week voyage back to Hobart.

Expeditioners can also fly to Davis via Wilkins Aerodrome, a summer only runway located near Casey research station. These flights rely on favourable conditions in Hobart and at Wilkins Aerodrome and Davis station. Expeditioners can face significant delays waiting for weather windows to align.