The Southern Lights by Flight
Witness the Aurora Australis from the air!
Join the hunt for the Southern Lights flying into the night to witness one of the world’s most magical phenomena, the Aurora Australis, on this wondrous and exciting night (approximately 10 – 13 hours) tour experience.
Join Chimu Adventures and take to the skies aboard a Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner. Flying over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica and aiming for a latitude of 62 degrees south where Aurora Australis is brightest. Being far away from light pollution, high above the clouds and weather systems to witness this unforgettable display of the Southern Lights, constellations and stars as you have never witnessed them before.
Sydney: 9 April 2021; 15 May 2021
Melbourne: 10 April 2021; 5 June 2021
Perth: 8 May 2021
Brisbane: 14 May 2021
Inclusions & Information
An expert team of astronomers & photographers – Aurora hunter and astrophysicist Dr Ian Griffin & a team of astronomers and photographers will provide information and commentary on how an aurora is created and the best ways to capture it with your camera.
Aurora Viewing – Take in the ultimate view of this magical phenomenon which can last as long as 6 hours* during your tour. Majestic and awe-inspiring views that you will never forget.
Meal & Bar Service – The flight will include two full service Qantas meals plus in-flight snacks. Toast to this unique adventure with champagne, wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks with full bar service.
Aircraft – The Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner offers optimal views due to its windows which are 65% larger than any other aircraft of its size. The aircraft is fitted with state-of-the-art technology to reduce turbulence, improve noise quality and reduced aircraft vibrations for a smoother flight.
Seat Plan and Pricing
PREMIUM BUSINESS CLASS
$6,995 per person from Sydney & Melbourne
$7,695 per person from Perth & Brisbane (SOLD OUT)
Admire wide views of the Aurora Australis in utmost comfort with full international Business class service in Premium Business class seats. You will enjoy a super soft leather seat that transforms into a luxurious two-metre lie-flat bed, with a memory foam mattress, two full-size pillows and a cosy duvet. The extensive storage space, wide range of seat adjustments and in-seat massage options will suit your personal needs. All lie-flat beds have direct aisle access. The window and adjacent aisle seats will swap throughout the flight to give everyone ample time in the window seat.
$6,395 per person from Sydney & Melbourne
$6,995 per person from Perth & Brisbane (SOLD OUT)
Enjoy the same wonderful seating and service as Premium Business class customers. The difference is the seats are situated over the wing. This does slightly obstruct views of the night sky however many photographers like the wing as it gives great perspective in images and video. These seats will undergo a swap (window and aisle) to ensure everyone gets ample time in a window seat.
PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS
$3,995 per person from Sydney (SOLD OUT) & Melbourne
$4,495 per person from Perth & Brisbane
Stretch out and relax in Qantas’s award-winning Premium Economy cabin, with luxurious levels of space and attentive service. Seated in an intimate and private cabin, you’ll enjoy the benefits of flying Premium with a well thought out seat design, indulgent touches to make you feel at home plus a refreshed menu and an extensive wine list, all while you enjoy magnificent views of the Southern Lights through large windows. There will be a seat swap during the flight to give everyone the opportunity to get better views through the large windows.
ECONOMY CLASS – NO WING
$2,495 per person from Sydney & Melbourne
$2,895 per person from Perth & Brisbane
These Economy class seats have unobstructed views from the windows. All Economy customers will enjoy a full meal service at dinner and breakfast. On the Dreamliner B787 you’ll enjoy the next generation and award-winning Recaro seat, ergonomically designed for optimal comfort. Everything has been thought of to support your travel needs – mood lights, storage areas, inflight entertainment and even a personal electronic device shelf. There will be a seat swap during the flight to give everyone the opportunity to get better views through the large windows.
ECONOMY CLASS – WING
$2,095 per person from Sydney & Melbourne
$2,395 per person from Perth & Brisbane
These Economy seats are situated over the wing. This does obstruct views of the night sky however many photographers like the wing as it gives great perspective in images and video. All Economy customers will enjoy a full meal service at dinner and breakfast. There will be a seat swap during the flight to give everyone the opportunity to get better views through the large windows.
ECONOMY CLASS – LIMITED VIEW
$1,295 per person from Sydney & Melbourne
$1,395 per person from Perth & Brisbane
Economy Limited View seats do not have direct access to a window. These passengers are given priority access to stand in the common areas to enjoy the views of Aurora Australis. Passengers will enjoy Qantas’s international service. All Economy customers will enjoy a full meal service at dinner and breakfast as well as inflight entertainment. These seats do no rotate during the flight.
To enquire call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below
The Southern Lights by Flight
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: A non-refundable deposit per passenger is due at the time of booking equivalent to: 1. Economy class - AUD$500.00 per person 2. Premium Economy class - AUD$750.00 per person 3. Business class - AUD$1000.00 per person Final payment of your booking balance is required eight weeks prior to your departure date. All fares and charges are per person in Australian dollars, including GST. Should your 2021 season flight not be able to depart due to government restrictions with coronavirus, you can choose from one of the following: 1. Transfer to an alternative departure date at no extra cost. 2. Receive a full refund, excluding $150 per person administration fee. 3. Receive a 100% travel credit to use when booking other Chimu Adventures product. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Your ticket can be transferred to another person up to 24 hours prior to departure. An AUD$180 name change service fee per change will apply. This same service fee will apply for change of class. The photographs appearing on this web page are representational only and are not a guarantee that your flightseeing experience will be exactly as depicted. Whilst every endeavour will be made to adhere to the proposed route, weather conditions may determine the actual route, according to the absolute discretion of the Captain of the aircraft. No guarantee can be given of clear viewing conditions and no refund or part refund will be made if the views are fully or partially obscured. Alternative routes will be selected to give the best viewing if the planned route has unfavourable weather conditions. *The probability of seeing the Aurora is over 95% however can never be guaranteed as it is a natural phenomenon. The duration of this magnificent display of the Southern Lights can last for some hours but again can never be guaranteed as it is a natural phenomenon. Special note: A Qantas 787 Dreamliner aircraft will operate all flights; however, other Qantas aircraft may be substituted without notice. Qantas frequent flyer points do not apply. Depending on prevailing weather conditions the routing and points of interest viewed may vary. Alternative flight paths may enable viewing of many spectacular points of interest but clear views cannot be guaranteed. If flight booking numbers do not reach minimum numbers then the flight may be cancelled prior to departure date. Passport identification is NOT required upon check-in. As this is classed as a domestic charter flight, a valid photo identification card such as a drivers license is required upon check in. Airline fuel and/or security levies may apply. Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares are subject to the full terms and conditions as set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of booking. Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. Availability is limited, especially in Business class.