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Trips To Antarctica From Australia

Updated on June 19, 2011

There are many different places to travel and visit in this world; some are more populated than others, filled with tourist attractions, economic chivarly, and other modern day details; some, on the opposite side of the spectrum, are void all that. I'm talking about the remote places in the world where the nearest movie theater is thousands of miles away across an ocean; I'm talking about the destinations where nature is the ruler and not man.

And, more specifically, I'm talking about Antarctica. Antarctic is one of the most remote places on the entire planet and for good reason. The land is a constant form of permafrost; the sun, in the summer, never sets; and in winter, that cold dark season, it's pure darkness, pure cold, pure... nothingness. Who would ever want to go to a place like that? Who would ever want to go on a vacation to a place like that?

You'd be surprised.

Antarctica vacations are much more common than you would think. The most common type of Antarctica vacation are trips to Antarctica from Australia. Australia, one of the more popular continents to travel to, is one of the closest places on Earth to Antarctica. Compared to other places in the world you can basically see the coast of Antarctica from Melbourne.

My point is is that there is beauty that can be found in frozen wilderness - the nature there can actually be overwhelmingly beautiful - and the best way to see this world is start in Australia. Australia to Antarcitca cruises, Antarctica flights from Australia, Antarctica travel from Australia... these are all viable ways to begin one of many trips to Antarctica from Australia.


Antarctica penguins are an amazing site - especially when mating.
Antarctica penguins are an amazing site - especially when mating.

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Summer Weather in Antarctica

What to expect:

  • 20 F to 50 F
  • Long, Sunny Days
  • Dry weather - not much snow. 

Australia to Antarctica Cruises

One of the best ways to visit and see the different sights of Antarctica is to do so by taking an Antarctica cruise ship. There are many Antarctica cruises 2011 to choose from, many exploring different areas and leaving from various ports. The 2011 Antarctica cruises that leave from Australia, from ports such as Hobart and Perth, generally explore Eastern Antarctica and its amazing glaciers.

When do Antarctica cruises leave from Australia?

One of the most common questions is when is the best time to travel to Antarctica. There are three different time periods which are good for visit ( remember you want to try and avoid their winter months), all of which have 2011 Antarctica cruises from Australia travel dates.

  • November (Early Summer) - This a great time to begin one your Antarctica vacations. It's mating season for penguins, and other animals of the area. Winter ice begins to break off, for some specularity picturesque shots.
  • January (Mid Summer) - The most popular time for Antarctica vacations, as well as the best time to plan a trip from Australia to Antarctica (summer is awesome in Australia). Longer days = more fun. Penguin babies born. Less ice = more exploring.
  • February and March (Late Summer) - Whale sightings are often and you can explore with 2011 Antarctica cruises further south.

What are the best cruises leaving from Australia for Antarctica?

There are many different 2011 cruises to Antarctica to choose from, each one offering different features and accommodation. My favorite are, the National Geographic Cruise to Antarctica from Australia, and the Classic Antarctic Adventure. Both feature special programs like riding a zodiac to smaller and more isolated areas of the region.

The beauty of the south.
The beauty of the south.

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Antarctica Flights From Australia

Another, relatively newer, option is to fly from Australia to Antarctica. This takes away from the longer, I'd say more magical experience, of taking boat, but it's the cheaper and quicker option.

The one main reason why people choose to fly to the desolate region, rather than take a cruise, is to avoid the 4 day crossing of what is called 'Drakes Passage'. Drakes Passage is one of the rougher parts of the ocean, with big ocean swells and waves; if you can seasick easily than this is not a good idea. By booking a flying trip from Australia to Antarctica you avoid this.

What kind of Antarctica Vacation can I expect when flying?

The trip will be really similar to that of a taking a 2011 Antarctica cruise. You'll land on a remote island called King George Island where you will take a boat that will follow the same course the cruise ship takes.

The one downfall is that you are vulnerable to many delays (the weather can be shaky) compared to that of a cruise ship which is meant to handle the water and the weather.



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    • vanchen profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from British Columbia

      Thanks for the comment Jhangora... I'll look into the prices in detail and update it soon; I do know that the cheapest cruise, a 7-day adventure cruise for Australia to Antarctia, is just under 5000.

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      Dinesh Mohan Raturi 

      8 years ago from Dehradun

      Exactly the kind of trip I'd like to go on. It would be great if u cud update the hub with a rough idea about the prices of these tours.


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