THE SOUTHERN LIGHTS
- BY FLIGHT
organised by Chimu Adventures
Join Aurora hunter and astrophysicist Dr Ian Griffin & 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, you will head south over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica, aiming for latitudes of 62 degrees south where the Aurora Australis is brightest.
We will take you far away from light pollution, high above the clouds and weather systems to see a magical and unforgettable display with 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 flights you will receive a full in-flight catering service in both business and economy classes.
Expert astronomers will provide information on 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 we will have a photographer onboard to assist on how best to use your cameras.
Book with confidence knowing that should COVID cause the cancellation or delay of your flight your money will be refunded.*
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 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. As can be seen on the Seat Swap diagram on the Seating Plan the aim is to give passengers in the seating classes that will be doing a seat swap time in a window seat or seat next to a window. 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 in this brochure 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 its 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 have always put measures in place to reduce their impact on the environment. They will be offsetting the carbon emissions of all the Southern Lights Flights.
Book With Confidence
This innovative and safe travel option provides passengers with an incredible travel experience without effectively leaving their home state. Although state border restrictions won’t apply to these flights, should COVID cause the cancellation or delay of flights, passengers are covered by the Chimu Adventures Book with Confidence policy.