The page includes links to overseas clubs similar to the ANARE Club and to institutions that provide Antarctic-related training courses, both of a general interest nature and those that lead to a formal qualification.
It is not exhaustive and please contact the Webmaster if you know of any sites that should be included.
ANARE Ski Club - Mt Baw Baw, Victoria
The ANARE Ski Club has a lodge on Mt Baw Baw,
close to Melbourne and have vacancies... more details
The Antarctican Society
From its website:The Antarctican Society is, as its motto says, "by and for all Antarcticans." That includes those who have had the good fortune to visit Antarctica as well as anyone interested in any aspect of it. People have always been the focus of The Antarctican Society: explorers, scientists, support persons - both military and civilian - as well as travelers to the continent.
Link to the Antarctican Society.
New Zealand Antarctic Society
It describes itself on its website:
The New Zealand Antarctic Society was formed in 1933 and has branches in New Zealand's main centres as well as an international membership.
The Society brings together people interested in Antarctica, to share knowledge in the fields of all sciences, exploration, discovery and mapping of Antarctica, to seek protection of the Antarctic environment, and to promote New Zealand's interests in Antarctica.
Link to the Society.
Although it contains some travel information, Cool Antarctica is also a general reference site for Antarctic information.
Link to Cool Antarctica.
AntarcticNet (yes, it is one word) is a USA-oriented site that brings together people who have worked in Antarctica.
It has links to photos and other similar sites.
Link to AntarcticNet.
British Antarctic Survey ClubIt describes itself on its website:
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Club brings together past and present staff of the British Antarctic Survey and its predecessors the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) and Operation Tabarin and others who have been closely associated with these organisations.
It serves to foster and maintain, through a series of social and other activities, the close comradeship and good fellowship which was built up amongst the men and women who worked together in Antarctica.
Link to the BAS Club.
South African Antarctic Club
The aim of the South African Antarctic Club, as described on its website, is:
The aim of the South African Antarctic Club is to maintain contact with members of Expeditions to Antarctica, Marion Island and Gough Island, and with people with Antarctic interests at heart.
Link to the Club.
The Antarctic Circle
The following is from their website:
The Antarctic Circle is a non-commercial forum and resource on historical, literary, bibliographical, artistic and cultural aspects of Antarctica and the South Polar regions. The breadth and quantity of its content expands periodically.
The Antarctic Circle itself - as distinct from this website -is an informal international group of scholars and knowledgeable amateurs interested or involved in non-scientific Antarctic studies.
It appears that all links to the site's pages are on the Home page so it is necessary to scroll down to navigate - this is not obvious when you first visit the site.
Link to the Antarctic Circle.
Macquarie Island virtual tour
The virtual tour gives a revealing insight into life at the research station at Macquarie Island. This station is being rebuilt, and the tour provides an insight into the station and ammenities including interiors. The virtual tour was supplied to ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) by AAD (Australian Antarctic Division).
Note that after entering the tour, there is a small menu at top left which enables you to look through various aspects of the station.
Spotted on the ABC website by Sue Ashford, October 2018. Thanks Sue.
Link to the Macquarie Island virtual tour.
The Antarctic Family and Friends Association is a support and social group for family and friends of current and former expeditioners. The association aims to be a source of friendship, comfort and information for members.
In 1965, Nel Law, wife of the first permanent director of AAD, Dr Phillip Law, established the Antarctic Wives' Association of Australia, to be a social link and source of support for the wives of ANARE expeditioners. The organisation is now called the Antarctic Family and Friends Association, in acknowledgment of changes to both society and ANARE, in particular regarding the increasing number of female expeditioners.
There are branches of the Association in all states and members meet each month for informal social get-togethers. It is always possible to find someone who is having, or has previously experienced, the trials and tribulations of having an expeditioner 'down south' within the group.
For those new members less familiar with the Australian Antarctic Territories, the association can point you towards sources of information. Other members can often provide books, magazine articles, photos and slides to help you familiarise yourself with 'things' Antarctic.
New members not living in metropolitan areas can be put in touch with other members who may live nearby, and get-togethers are sometimes organised 'out-of-town' so that country members can participate.
Members receive a newsletter with details of each state's monthly meeting, and anecdotes and articles relating to Antarctica.
Enquires and membership application forms are available from:
Patron: Dr.Tony Press
Co-ordinator: Tina Congues
Contact the AFFA.