Getting to know our expeditioners better as the season draws to a close

Sunday Macca strollin’

Well it’s hard to believe our time on our little Island paradise is almost over. As we look toward returning home I will most definitely miss my Sunday morning strolls along the mighty Macca east coast, for a cold toastie and lukewarm coffee at the Nuggets with Mal 'Howlin’ Wolf' Vernon, Jamie 'Swati-pants' Terry (when not studying, or eating chocolate and pretending to study, or abusing my much loved guitar while I’m away!) and Alana 'Del Ray', when she feels like a stretch between gazing up at the clouds (sometimes she’s not even working whilst doing this).

Hard to image the animal harvest that used to take place here, with only a few rusting reminders, as the digesters slowly break down and the animals and birds reclaim the beach.

It really is such a treat to weave your way along the roughly 3kms of coast, side-stepping elephant seals, fur seals, gentoo, king and royal penguins. Watching southern and northern giant petrels devour an injured or just plain unlucky local, or marvel at the cheek and street smarts of those brazen skua, as they size you and anything else remotely edible up for a opportune feed.

Thanks Macca and the Sunday morning hiking crew for the unforgettable memories.


5 min with the 73rd ANARE: Joe Ahearn

5 min with the 73rd ANARE:

Name: Joe Ahearn

Nicknames: They started calling me Gentleman Joe or Mr Fix It here at Macca.

Where are you From: Kiama, NSW

Previous seasons? Davis 2013, Casey 2014, Macca 2015, 2016, 2020.

Job title: Carpenter

Describe your role in two sentences: Can we fix it? No it's fractured.

What did you do before you joined the AAD? Builder/carpenter.

What is your favourite part of your job here at Macca? The surrounding scenery and wildlife you experience while doing your job.

If you were not a Carpenter, what would be your dream job? Surfer.

How does this season at Macca compare to your previous seasons down south? All have been great.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Make crafty things. Read books

What song sums up your Macca experience so far? A mixture of Riders on the Storm, Hotel California and Margaritaville.

What actor would play you in a film version of our 73st ANARE season here at Macca? Tom Hanks.

What is your favourite spot here at Macca and why? The top of Doctors Track, because I made it up!

Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit? The spotters (sunglasses)

What is your favourite book / movie (or both) and why?

Movie – Second Hand Lions. Robert Du Val and Michael Caine doing what they do best.

Book – I have read heaps of books. They are all good, some are better.

What is your typical 'Slushy FM' genre? Do you have a particular favourite? Being one of the oldest on station I probably have one of the widest genre ranges, my favourite is the folky side of rock.

Describe your Macca experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.
Sight – The Aurora Australis backlighting the Aurora Australis as it sailed from Macca for the last time was something only experienced by a few people. An extremely significant memory.

Smell – The penguin colonies remind me of my grandmothers chook shed when it was raining.

Sound – The serenity of the waves drawing back through the pebbles on the beach.

Feeling – Warm and dry when it’s cold and wet.

Taste – Every meal he makes, every bite we take – chef Arvid.

Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with? All things are good, some are better.