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Posted date 13.11.2020

The Aurora Australis, Over Antarctica…

Southern Lights By Flight!

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? Join Aurora hunter and astrophysicist Dr Ian Griffin & a team of experts and fly into the night, to witness one of the world’s most magical natural phenomena.


Your Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner will head south over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica, aiming for latitudes of 62 degrees south where the Aurora Australis is brightest. High above the clouds and weather, you’ll see a magical and unforgettable display with an uninterrupted view of the southern lights. Along the way you will see constellations, stars, and planets like never before.

Throughout the flights, you will receive a full in-flight catering service in both business and economy classes. Expert astronomers will provide information on the 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.

Scenic Antarctic Aurora Australis Flight
Flights departing between April & June 2021
From Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth

From $1,295 per passenger

Your Own Expert Astronomer: Dr Ian Griffin

Dr Ian Griffin is an astronomer who has been Director of the Otago Museum since 2013. Originally from the UK, after falling in love with the clear dark skies of the Otago Peninsula he became a NZ citizen in 2018. A self described aurora fanatic, Ian has led two successful Air NZ charter flights into the southern auroral zone. 
I’m really excited about these charter flights. Flying into the southern auroral zone is a wonderful experience, and you never know quite what you are going to see. As I said on my return from the first flight; “We’ve travelled two thirds of the way to the south pole, seen an incredible display of the southern lights, got lovely pictures, and we are home in time for breakfast”  – Dr. Ian Griffin

Welcome Aboard The Qantas Dreamliner

The windows in the Dreamliner are 65% larger than comparable aircraft windows, making for great viewing of the southern lights. No matter what class you choose you can look forward to Qantas’s International service. All passengers aboard the Dreamliner will enjoy a full meal service for dinner & breakfast as well as inflight entertainment. For the best view on board, we suggest a Premium Business Class seat. Here you will be able to admire wide views of the Aurora Australis in utmost comfort with full international business class service.

All seating classes will experience spectacular views including:
  • Two full-service Qantasmeals plus in-flight snacks
  • Celebrate your adventure with champagne, wine & beer with full bar service onboard.
  • Choose your viewing on the in-seat entertainment system.
  • Learn about the Aurora, how it is formed and how best to capture it on your cameras with an expert team of Astronomers & Photographers onboard.