The Southern Lights by Chartered Flight
10+ hour flightseeing adventure to the Antarctic Circle
From AU$1,259* per person
Witness the Aurora Australis over Antarctica from the air.
Many people spend a small fortune to fly to Norway, Canada or the Arctic Circle to see the Northern lights, but did you realise that you can see the same phenomena on a flight departing from Australia? Departures available from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
|Prices are Per Person
Sydney – 9 April 2021, 15 May 2021
Melbourne – 10 April 2021, 5 June 2021
Perth – 8 May 2021
Brisbane – 14 May 2021
|Departures from Sydney and Melbourne|
|Seat Category||From Price|
|Economy Limited View||AU$1,259*|
|Economy No Wing||AU$2,420*|
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|Departures from Perth and Brisbane|
|Seat Category||From Price|
|Economy Limited View||AU$1,355*|
|Economy No Wing||AU$2,809*|
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|Bookings subject to availability. Limited seats are available. Valid for sale until 31 March 2021, unless sold out prior.|
Join a team of expert astronomers and fly into the night, to witness one of the world’s most magical natural phenomena.
Take off onboard a Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, aiming for latitudes of 62 degrees south where the Aurora Australis is brightest. Travel far away from light pollution, high above the clouds and weather systems to see a magical and unforgettable display with an uninterrupted view of the southern lights. Along the way, you will see constellations, stars, and planets as you have never witnessed them before.
Throughout the flight, you will receive a full inflight catering service in both business and economy class. Expert astronomers will provide information en-route about how an aurora is created, as well as pointing out their favourite night sky objects. They will instruct you on how to photograph an aurora and there will be a photographer on board to assist on how best to use your cameras.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the probability of seeing an Aurora? As we are in Nature’s hands we cannot guarantee a sighting, but there is an over 95% chance of encountering the stunning beauty of the Southern Lights in a magnificent, unforgettable display.
How long will we see the Aurora for? As you will appreciate, the Aurora is a natural phenomenon, so this can never be guaranteed. However, on the previous two charter flights, passengers enjoyed 4 and 6 hours of viewing.
How does the seat swap work? We will be doing a seat swap during the flight. View the seating diagram here. Please Note the Economy Class – Limited View category will not be doing a seat swap. The helpful Qantas staff onboard will be facilitating the seat swap and instructing on the cleaning regime required during the process.
What if it is bad weather? As we fly above the clouds and the weather systems and due to the great navigational ability of the Dreamliner sightings of the Aurora should not be affected by weather.
Where will we fly? From departure, we will head south aiming for latitudes of 62 degrees south, our ultimate flight path will depend on where we find the Aurora.
What time will we fly? To get the best Aurora’s we need to fly at night. This means that the flights will depart mid-evening and arrive home early the next morning.
What are the Aurora colours going to look like? The Aurora Australis photographs on this page have been taken during previous flights from New Zealand. The naked eye will see them clearly; although modern digital cameras have greater sensitivity and can capture more colours and greater contrast.
Are there any age restrictions for the flight? There is no age restriction on the flights. There is no changes to the price for adults or children. Please Note this is a long flight for young children and we recommend the trip for children aged 8 years and over. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I use or redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points or credits for my flight? As this is a chartered flight, they do not accumulate or accept frequent flyer points. Any credits held with Qantas can also not be used to purchase these flights.
Can I access the Qantas Airport Lounge? Although we are using a Qantas aircraft this is a chartered flight, not a scheduled Qantas Flight. Therefore it’s not possible to access the Qantas Airport Lounge before or after the flight regardless of the seating class you have booked.
Can I reserve a particular seat? You can select a seating class but not a particular seat. The Seating allocation will be finalised close to departure taking into consideration all booking requirements.
Can I offset the carbon emissions from my flight? As a member of Responsible Travel, Chimu Adventures, the host for this tour, have always put measures in place to reduce our impact on the environment. We will be offsetting the carbon emissions of all the Southern Lights Flights.
*Terms & Conditions:
- Bookings subject to availability.
- Prices are per person, in Australian Dollars.
- Pricing correct as at 26 October 2020 and may fluctuate due to changes in availability, surcharges, fees or taxes.
- Standard Travel Club Terms and Conditions apply.
- This tour is offered and managed by Chimu Adventures and their terms and conditions apply.
- A non‑refundable deposit per passenger is due at the time of booking equivalent to:
- Economy class seats AUD$500.00 per person
- Premium Economy AUD$750.00 per person
- Business class seats AUD$1000.00 per person
Final payment of your booking balance is required eight weeks prior to your departure date.
- The Aurora Australis is a natural phenomenon and as such viewing cannot be guaranteed.
- Book with confidence: Should your 2021 season flight not be able to depart due to government restrictions with coronavirus, you can choose from either of the following:
- Transfer to an alternative departure date at no extra cost. Subject to availability.
- Receive a full refund, excluding a $75 per person administration fee.
- A 100% travel credit to use when booking another Chimu Adventures product.
- Cancellation and change fees apply. Bookings are non-transferable.
- Travel insurance is not included in the package. Please ensure you have valid Travel Insurance, or request a quotation.