this spectacular six-part travel series, Tim Bowden takes us on one
of the last great adventures – a voyage to the Australian Antarctic
Tim Bowden, a popular former host of ABC TV's Backchat program, has
had an extensive career as a newspaper journalist, foreign
correspondent and broadcaster on radio and television.
Over a period of two months Tim visited all four of Australia's
Antarctic stations at Macquarie Island, Casey, Davis and Mawson. The
result is a fascinating “behind the scenes” look at what Australians
are doing in Antarctica – a wild a beautiful icy wilderness that has
attracted adventurers and scientists since the days of Scott,
Shackleton and Mawson.
Highlights include spectacular footage of Australia's only
ice-breaking ship Aurora Australis charging through the pack ice, a
visit to a long hidden Emperor Penguin colony, the day after it was
discovered and rare glimpses of wild elephant seals and albatrosses
on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.
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Episode 1 - Macquarie Island. Join Tim Bowden on one of the last
great adventures - a voyage through the treacherous Southern Ocean
to the Antarctic. On board the 'Aurora Australis' Tim visits
Macquarie Island where supplies for the year are flown in by
Episode 2 - The White World. Tim and his team go through the 'rites
of entry' to Antarctica - a ritual of bizarre haircuts and fancy
Episode 3 - Casey Station. It's the second day at Casey Station and
an anxious Tim is taught to abseil down a 15 metre ice cliff. He
also meets weatherman Adrian Porter who shows him how he survived
when he was caught in a blizzard and nearly perished.
Episode 4 - The Rivieria of the South. The 'Aurora Australis' heads
for Davis Station to offload its cargo of heavy machinery. Tim rides
an Antarctic motorbike to a weddel seal colony. Back at Davis, Tim
talks to the first couple to marry at an Australian Antarctic
Episode 5 - The Midnight Sun. Tim is heading for Mawson station, but
on the way is invited to stop in at the Chinese Antarctic station at
Zhong Shan. He flies on to Mawson Station where he arrives to see a
biologist working in the light of the midnight sun.
Episode 6 - Going Home. It's time to leave Mawson. Tim is mightily
relieved when the choppers touch down on the heli-deck of the
'Aurora Australis'... with ten minutes of fuel remaining. The ship
heads to Casey Station to pick up an expeditioner with a broken leg.
As they head for home Tim talks to returning expeditioners about
their year in Antarctica.