Must-see attractions in Antarctica

  • Weddell Hut

    One of the few surviving buildings from ‘old’ Mawson is the small wooden Weddell Hut, the second building constructed at the station. Also known as ‘the…

  • Vince’s Cross

    About 75m west of the Discovery hut, an oak cross stands as an enduring memorial to Able Seaman George T Vince, who fell to his death over an ice cliff…

  • Ajax Bay Refrigeration Plant

    Near San Carlos Water are the ruins of the Ajax Bay Refrigeration Plant, a madcap 1950s Colonial Development Corporation project that failed because…

  • Pieter J Lenie Field Station

    The US has operated this small summer-only station, near Arctowski station, since 1985. It’s also called ‘Copacabana.’

  • Memorial Cross

    Erected in November 1913, this memorial atop Azimuth Hill, northwest of the Main Hut, pays tribute to Xavier Mertz and Belgrave Ninnis.

  • Taishan Station

    China opened its fourth station, called Taishan, in 2014. The space-age pod sits at 2621m and houses up to 20 people in summer.

  • Pedro Vicente Maldonado Station

    Ecuador’s bright-red Pedro Vicente Maldonado station, completed in 1998, operates in summer only, and accommodates 22 people.

  • Transit Hut

    East of Mawson's Main Hut, this building was used as shelter while star-sighting to determine Cape Denison’s exact position.

  • Cross of Sacrifice

    Stanley's cemetery is fronted by the Cross of Sacrifice, a memorial to islanders who lost their lives in WWI and WWII.

  • Bharati Station

    In April 2012, India opened Bharati Station, housing up to 25 people on a promontory near the Broknes Peninsula.

  • Machu Picchu Station

    Peru's Machu Picchu station was established in 1989 on Admiralty Bay and houses 28 people in summer.

  • Cemetery

    The station's small cemetery contains the graves of men who died in 1963, 1972 and 1974.

  • Cemetery Flats

    Cemetery Flats is the site of five graves from the whaling days.