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The beautiful Antarctica attracts a wide range of tourists, from the young at heart, the adventurer and those on a trip of a lifetime. Located in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere and home to the geographic South Pole, it is one of the great tourism frontiers providing an unique experience that is different and memorable.

Surrounded by the Southern Ocean there is nothing like standing on the boat and staring out into the ocean, as Antarctica appears on the horizon. The experience is further heightened with the appearance of some of the beautiful ocean wildlife.

Seasons
Due to the earth's tilt and orbit around the sun, there are only two polar seasons, summer and winter. During the summer at the poles, the sun does not set, whilst in winter, the sun does not rise. It is the summer season that most tourist visit the region. The days are long, as the sun only drops below the horizon for a few hours a day, whilst the sky does not become completely dark at night.

How to get there
There are a couple of options to visiting the region by air or by sea. Whilst there are tours that can fly to Antarctica, many visitors prefer the experience of reaching Antarctica by ship, with a number of operators available dependent on your route. There is a list of Australian Antarctic tour operators from the Australian Antarctic Division website.

The best times to visit
The best times for visiting the Antarctic Peninsula is usually between mid-November and early March. East Antarctica is less accessible, with the best time to visit being late December to March. Visit some of the tourism operators who have set schedules for visiting the region.

 

Antarctica Tours

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Antarctica Sightseeing Flights
• Welcome to Antarctica! Antarctica is the world’s highest, driest, coldest and windiest continent. Be one of the lucky few to journey to this pristine wilderness, all in the comfort of a Qantas 747. Your one day flight offers a full Antarctic experience – expert lecturers are onboard to talk on the polar environment and video screenings depict life on the ground. Sit back, relax and watch the majesty of this extraordinary land and its varied scenery unfold beneath you.
Aurora Expeditions
• Whether you travel on one of our Antarctica cruises, Arctic cruises or even our PNG and Kimberley cruises you will be expedition cruising, the Aurora way. Our small, expedition-style Antarctic cruises are the best way to explore this incredible last frontier and as our past passengers will testify, our trips provide premium Antarctica travel experiences.

We push the boundaries of expedition cruising! Flexible itineraries , Zodiac landings , an 'open bridge' policy, onboard lectures and optional adventure activities such as sea kayaking, scuba diving, photography, climbing and camping!

We are proud to be the first Australian member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).
Peregrine Adventures
• When you experience the world with Peregrine, we take you off the beaten track during the day then home to plenty of creature comforts at night thanks to 3 and 4 Star accommodation. English-speaking local leaders help you unlock the secrets of each destination, and you'll benefit from their years of expertise.

Antarctica - The adventurous traveller's final frontier is a frigid, perilous world, the most isolated continent on earth is also as spellbinding as the planet gets. From the richly historic sub-Antarctic islands you head south. Amazing wildlife – breaching humpback whales; penguin colonies; sunbathing elephant seals and albatrosses following boats – vies for your attention with the elemental grandeur of the landscape. Waters studded with innumerable blue-white icebergs, some the size of office blocks; groaning glaciers calving into the sea; soaring volcanoes rising majestically from the icy wastes. Extreme and pristine, savage and serene, the end of the world is the mind-blowing adventure to beat all others.
World Expeditions
• Adventure holidays on the paths less travelled - World Expeditions specialises in trekking, travel and active adventure holidays in small groups across 7 continents. From the awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp Trek to the magnificent classic Inca Trail & Machu Picchu, from the beauty of the iconic Larapinta Trail Trek to the enchanting icebergs of cruising Antarctica, from an exhilarating trek of Mt Kilimanjaro, a historic trek of the Kokoda Track, or the Great Himalaya Trail across Nepal, World Expeditions continues to offer innovative trekking, cycling and cultural adventure travel holidays to the world's far-flung destinations.
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Images from Antarctica
See our Snapshots from Australia - Antarctica for more images.
Marina Svetaeva in Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica Pancake ice leads yours eyes to Mount Erebus on the horizon Mount Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica
Whale in the waters of Antarctica Orca (Orcinus orca) in the waters of Antarctica Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys)
Royal Albatross in Antarctica Juvenile Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) on Macquarie Island
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