About your AAF

The Aurora Australis Foundation (AAF) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of the Antarctic icebreaker Aurora Australis.

The AA, as she is known, is the longest-serving icebreaker to support the Australian Antarctic Program. She is also the only icebreaker to be wholly designed, built and operated in Australia throughout her working life.

Besides preserving the Aurora Australis, the AAF also seeks to share with Australian and international visitors the life-changing experience of sailing to Antarctica.

Our Journey

Learn more about the history of the RSV Aurora Australis, her life as a scientific research platform, and our plans for her future.


30 years of adventure


A floating research station


Where to from here?

News & Events

There’s a lot happening at your AAF as we work towards acquisition and preservation of this remarkable and historic ship. You can register our newsletter and read news below.

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12 Jun 2020 in AAF News

Welcome to our new website

We have a new website! We look forward to sharing more updates as we embark on this exciting new chapter for the Aurora Australis.
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Love the Aurora Australis? There are many ways to contribute such as volunteering, sharing your story with us, donations and more. Find out more here.

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