One of the great tourism frontiers for travellers, explorers and
adventurers is Antarctica, Earth's southernmost continent. Located in the
Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, it is home to the geographic South
Pole. This remote region is popular with tourist seeking an experience that is
different and memorable.
One of the reasons many visitors come to Antarctica is
the unique display of wildlife, in particular some of the spectacular bird life to
be found here. Many are unafraid of humans being so close and you have the
unique experience of getting quite close to them.
One of the many bird species associated with Antarctic region are the
penguins. These birds do not fly, often depicted as comical, with all species
having their own unique characteristics. Most famous are the Emperor penguins,
immortalised in both documentary and fantasy films. The Antarctic is home to a
number of species of penguin including the Adélie penguin, Chinstrap penguin,
Emperor penguin, Gentoo penguin, King penguin, Rockhopper penguin and Royal
Australian Government -
Australian Antarctic Division website lists
Australian tour operators for the Antarctic. For those planning to include
Macquarie Island World Heritage Area, information is available from the
Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service.
Many thanks to Jennifer Cooke for sharing the story and images of
the wonderful tour she went on with Aurora Expeditions to Antarctica.
Source: Images courtesy of Jennifer Cooke