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4WD Antarctica.

There really are four wheel drives in Antarctica. This 4x4 utility and the front end loaders (below) are working near an Australian base.

4x4 in the Antarctic penguin Antarctic
Iceberg Antarctic supply ship Antarctic

More serious travel is undertaken in the Hagglund tracked vehicles (right). Although Australian adventurer Hans Tholstrup did once propose a trans-Antarctic expedition in four wheel drives, it has not been done, yet. As for dogs, the last Australian Huskies were retired in 1993.

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Quad's (right, Honda `Big Reds') are another form of local transport. These are pictured at Crooked Lake in the Vestfold Hills near Davis Base.

Trajer Ridge

Trajer Ridge (right), also in the Vestfold Hills.

Sir Hubert Wilkin's Cairn

Sir Hubert Wilkin's Cairn (right) at Walkabout Rocks marks the landing place of one of the first explorers to this area. The flag is the original from his ship the Wyatt Earp and the Walkabout Magazine being held up was left here by him.

Australian Antarctic territory covers 42% of Antarctica (45E - 136E and 142E to 160E). Australia has three main bases, Casey, Davis and Mawson in order from east to west.

The pictures were taken by Tony Yates 1997 --> who normally spends his time in the much hotter north west of Western Australia but who had the good fortune to have a spell (really) down under.

Go to the LARC, Hagglund and (hot) Australian page


  • J. Chester. Australia's Frozen Outback. Australian Geographic, #5 p80-101, Jan - Mar 1987
  • S. Bambrick (ed). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Australia. 1994

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