Tick off a bucket list adventure and see the Southern Lights by air

Oct 25, 2020
View the spectacular light display from out your window.

We may not be able to jet off overseas for adventures, but you can still tick off a bucket list item by taking a scenic trip to view the incredible Southern Lights from as early as next year.

Known as the equal to the Aurora Borealis, which can be seen from the likes of Norway and Iceland, the Southern Lights is a spectacle that lights up the sky closer to Australia. In fact, it can be seen from some parts of Tasmania, Victoria and even southern New South Wales – if you get your timing right.

But, to make things easier Qantas has created the ultimate experience so you don’t have to go on the hunt for the perfect viewing spot. The Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will head over the Southern Sea in 2021, aiming for the Aurora Zone – an area around the South Magnetic Pole. The flight will take you far away from light pollution, high above the clouds and weather systems to give you the perfect view of what’s also known as the Aurora Australis.

The exact route will depend on the activity of the Southern Lights on the night, but one thing’s for sure, it will be a magical and unforgettable experience. In fact, within the first couple of hours of the 10-13 hour journey it’s expected you’ll see auroral activity.

Be amazed by the colourful display of lights.

Expert astronomers will also be onboard to provide information en-route about how an aurora is created and they will point out their favourite night sky objects, so you won’t miss a thing! Further to that, the experts will instruct you on how to photograph an aurora and there will even be a professional photographer on the flight to assist you on how best to use your camera to capture that perfect snap.

And if you’re worried about missing out on seeing the Southern Lights, don’t fret. To make sure everyone gets a good glimpse of the light spectacle a seat swap will take place in some areas of the plane during the flight. So, if you don’t get a window seat first up, you’ll get to change seats part way through the flight to give you a better view.

Meanwhile, those who are seated in the Economy Class – Limited View area will be given priority access to stand in the common areas to enjoy views of Aurora Australis.

But, the benefits don’t stop there. Throughout the flight you’ll also be treated to full inflight catering service in both business and economy classes. Plus, full bar service including champagne, beer, spirits and soft drinks. The first of the flights will depart Sydney in April next year, with departures from Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to follow. Click here to view all departure dates.

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Have you ever seen the Southern Lights? Would you consider going on a scenic flight to view the incredible sight?

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