Breaking the Ice

Author Tim Bowden takes us on one of the last great adventures - a voyage through the treacherous Southern Ocean to Australia's Antarctic Territory.
Ep 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 helicopter.
Ep 2 - The White World
Tim and his fellow expeditioners go through the 'rites of entry' to Antarctica -a ritual of bizarre haircuts and fancy dress parties.
Ep 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.
Ep 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 station.
Ep 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.
Ep 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.

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Production Year: 
1996
Duration: 
6 x 28 mins
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