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.

"What an amazing flight I had on Saturday night with the Chimu Adventures Southern Lights Flight. It was so well organised and the seat changes ran smoothly. I had a window seat for the first half of the flight and a couple of hours into the flight we started seeing the Aurora Australis. What an amazing phenomenon as they swirled and flowed. I am so fortunate to have had this experience."  R.P. - Club Wyndham owner.

COVID-19 Information: TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccinations are a requirement for all passengers on the flight. Any children under 12 will still be able to fly, but with a negative PCR test prior to travel.

Prices are Per Person
Travel Dates:
Sydney – 2 April 2022
Melbourne – 30 April 2022
Brisbane – 1 April 2022
Perth – 25 June 2022
Departures from Sydney and Melbourne
Seat Category From Price
Economy Limited View AU$1,259*
Economy Wing AU$2,039*
Economy No Wing AU$2,419*
Premium Economy AU$3,879*
Business AU$6,209*
Premium Business AU$6,789*
View Seating Plan Here Here
Departures from Perth and Brisbane
Seat Category From Price
Economy Limited View AU$1,359*
Economy Wing AU$2,329*
Economy No Wing AU$2,809*
Premium Economy AU$4,360*
Business AU$6,789*
Premium Business AU$7,469*
View Seating Plan Here Here
Bookings subject to availability. Limited seats are available. Valid for sale until 31 January 2022, 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 29 March 2021 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:
    1. Economy class seats AUD$500.00 per person
    2. Premium Economy AUD$750.00 per person
    3. 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.
  • 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.