In the Wake of Mawson

Join us on this unique 25-day adventure cruise as we chase the historic and famous route of Sir Douglas Mawson. This expedition allows you to embrace your inner explorer to the backdrop of incredible scenery.

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25 days from $25,545* per person

Departure Date: 15 December 2019


East Antarctica is one of the most remote and least frequented stretches of coast in the world and was the fascination of Australian Antarctic explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson. 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. This expedition allows you to embrace your inner explorer to the backdrop of incredible scenery such as glaciers, icebergs and rare fauna while looking out for myriad whale, seal and penguin species. A truly unique journey not to be missed.


This fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel is ideally suited to Antarctic expeditions due to its strength, maneuverability and small passenger numbers. Recently refurbished, the ship carries just 48 passengers. On board, there is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room.


  • Be the first to visit Commonwealth Bay this coming season.
  • Retrace the footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson.
  • Visit Macquarie Island, which supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Ocean and is home to millions of penguins.
  • Take a zodiac cruise in the ice-flecked waters.
  • See first-hand the majestic glaciers, icebergs, and rugged East Antarctic coastline.
  • Opportunity to experience Mawson’s Huts and its surroundings (conditions permitting).


DAY 1: Arrival in Invercargill.

DAY 2: Embark the Akademik Shokalskiy Port of Bluff.

DAY 3: The Snares.

DAY 4: At Sea.

DAYS 5-6: Macquarie Island.

DAYS 7-10: At Sea.

DAYS 11-17: Commonwealth Bay and Antarctic Coast.

DAYS 18-21: At Sea.

DAY 22: Auckland Islands - Carnley Harbour.

DAY 23: Auckland Islands - Enderby Island.

DAY 24: At Sea.

DAY 25: Disembark Invercargill.





*Terms and Conditions: Prices are correct on 10Apr19. Prices are AUD but based on USD so is subject to change without notice. Price advertised is lead in available on 10Apr19. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Prices do not include international or internal flights to/from start/end point of itinerary. Additional conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for more information and to check availability and pricing. SUPPLIER: Chimu Adventures