LIRS can accommodate up to 37 people in four self-contained visitor houses.
Each house has three bedrooms (twin- to quad-share), a large kitchen equipped with all essential cooking and eating utensils, two bathrooms, and a large verandah.
See Later stage trip planning for lists of what is provided and what you need to bring.
Kirby House accommodates up to eleven people in three bedrooms. Two rooms each have four bunks and the third has a queen size bed and two bunks.
Kirby House was built in 1982 with a generous donation from the James N. Kirby Foundation. Ongoing support from that Foundation enabled its extension in 1995 and substantial refurbishments in 2003 and 2008.
Suntory House is identical to Kirby House.
It was built in 1982 with funding provided by Suntory Ltd and the Japan Foundation. Like Kirby, it has been extended and thoroughly refurbished.
Talbot House accommodates up to seven people in three bedrooms. Two rooms each have two single beds and the third has a queen size bed and a set of bunks.
It was constructed in 2005 on the site of the original 1970s visitors' house. It is named after Professor Frank Talbot who established the Research Station while he was Director of the Australian Museum.
Loomis House accommodates up to eight people in three bedrooms. Two rooms each have a single bed and a set of bunks and the third room has a queen-size bed and a single bed.
It was constructed in 2009 as a substantial extension of a 1980s one-bedroom visitor house. It is named after Henry and Jacqueline Loomis who provided initial funding for the Research Station in the early 1970s.