In the wake of Mawson


PLEASE NOTE THIS DEPARTURE IS NO LONGER RUNNING please contact us for alternate Antarctic Itineraries. 



Join us on this exclusive, 28 day expedition to Commonwealth Bay, a remote location rarely visited by tourists, if conditions permit we may even visit Mawson's Huts.

 A true Australian hero, Douglas Mawson's initial interest in Antarctica was scientific. Whilst others were racing for polar records, Mawson was studying Antarctica and leading the charge on claiming a large chunk of the continent for Australia.  On his quest Mawson along with Xavier Mertz and Belgrave Ninnis set out to explore and study east of the Mawson's Huts. On what began as a journey of discovery and science ended in Mertz and Ninnis perishing and Mawson surviving extreme conditions against all odds, with next to no food or supplies in the bitter cold of Antarctica. 

Chimu Adventures in collaboration with the Mawsons Huts Foundation have access to berths on the only tourist cruise departing Hobart, Australia, in the 2018/19 season, which is scheduled to visit the historic Commonwealth Bay, where the Mawson story truly began. This exciting adventure cruise will visit Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, the Auckland Islands, the rugged East Antarctic coast, the impressive Commonwealth Bay and if we are really lucky, Mawson's Huts, before making its way back to Bluff, New Zealand. This is truly a cruise for those that love adventure travel and a must tick bucket list item for avid travellers.

Mawson’s Huts Foundation
The Mawson's Huts Foundation was established in 1997 with the support of the Federal Government expressly to conserve Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison. Since then it has funded and organized 10 major expeditions to the historic site: it’s Australia’s gift to Antarctic Heritage.

‘Sir Douglas Mawson is arguably the grandfather of Antarctic science. The Australian Antarctic Expedition 1911 - 1914 is notable for its achievements and sadly its tragedies.’


Travel with us on an extraordinary journey and explore this fascinating part of Antarctica, full of breath-taking nature and exciting history.







Enquire for exact departure dates
28 Days


Please note that the above itinerary is just a guide. Antarctica cruises are subject to weather, ice and other local conditions, as such, the actual itinerary is determined as the cruise progresses.

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Standard

One night hotel accommodation in Hobart with breakfast

Welcome dinner

Shipboard accommodation

All meals onboard 

All scheduled landings/shore excursions 

All port fees

All landing fees

Group transfer from ship to airport or central city point upon disembarkation in Invercargill 



Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation cities 

Transfer to hotel on Day 1 in Hobart


Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board 

Gratuities for the cruise (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)


Difficulty Rating 2 (light adventure)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request. No single supplement if willing to share.


Please note that itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

Contact us for more details

Price Dependent upon

Season and availability


Chimu Adventures is passionate and dedicated to sustainbility measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

A trip to the Antarctic is a completely different experience and quite unlike any other trip you have probably been on. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in this vulnerable ecosystem. We are fully compliant with all rules set down by the IAATO and all activities are governed by the Antarctic Treaty System. We carefully select all ships we work with and choose them for their small size as this creates far less impact on shore landings with wildlife. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste, and all waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal, unlike some of the larger ships which do not facilitate this. The specific ship this voyage takes place on is the Akademik Shokalskiy, a key contributor to the development of environmental guidelines for ships travelling to the Antarctic. Aligned with The Mawson’s Huts Foundation, established in 1997, the foundation is aimed at the conservation of Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison, funding and organising 10 expeditions to the site. This trip begins in Hobart where you will have time to sample local food and shop at local boutiques which we encourage individuals to take part in for experience and in supporting of the local community. We also stay in a National Trust listed venue whilst located in Hobart. We discourage the buying of souvenirs made from endangered species or wrongfully taken from the environment i.e. shells. Our pre-departure pack provides you with all the information required for your tour, from what to take with you to practical advice about how to minimise your impact on the Antarctic environment. This pack highlights initiatives such as waste reduction, and how to appropriately engage with wildlife and the environment around you.


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