Article by Rod Eime
Australasian expedition company Heritage Expeditions has been visiting Macquarie Island every year for the last twenty five years. A highlight of our voyages for many expeditioners is our time spent at the Australian Antarctic Division’s permanent research station at Buckles Bay.
At the base, rangers escort expeditioners around the station, giving an insight into what it is like to live on one of the most remote islands on the planet, where the only crowds are the Elephant Seals and penguins jostling for space on the rugged beaches.
Established in 1948, the permanent research station will close at the end of March 2017.
This austral summer, take the last opportunities to photograph, explore and learn more of this working base. Limited Cabins are available on the following departures that explore Macquarie Island.
Birding Down Under – Departs 16 November 2016
Galapagos of the Southern Ocean – 4 December 2016
East Antarctica: In the Wake of Mawson – 16 January 2017
Ross Sea: In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton 11 January 2017 and 10 February 2017 departure.