We saw the Southern Lights from Huon Bush Retreats
I was about to go to bed at about 10pm. I noticed the sky behind the trees was unusually bright so I called Olivier, from France, who is staying at Huon Bush Retreats. A few hundred metres to the labyrinth gave us a clear view of the southern sky, where the Aurora was active. Not a spectacular show this night but a subtle green glow with just a hint of a few pulsing red beams.
When can I see the Southern Aurora Lights ?
Auroras are somewhat random natural phenomena. As such, they cannot be predicted accurately. Questions such as "when is the best time to see the Southern Lights" cannot be answered accurately. However over time, statistical likelihood can be used as a guide to plan your visit to increase your chances of seeing the Aurora.
Auroras can happen day and night, summer and winter. However they are only visible if the sky is dark. Therefore the following can be a guide:
The sample image below, shows the current extent and position of the auroral oval in the southern hemisphere, extrapolated from measurements taken during the most recent polar pass of the NOAA POES satellite. Find the outline of Tasmania in the bottom left of the image. If it has green colour over it, then the aurora will be visible. The red line in the plot indicated the northernmost extent of view. Further down the page is the real time predictor for tonight.
Use these sample images to understand Auroral prediction
These locations will boost your chances of seeing the Southern Aurora Lights
The Aurora Australis, also known as Southern Lights, is sometimes seen in the southern sky from much of Tasmania. The best places are those with open sky to the south and no city lights. Buttongrass Retreat, Port Huon Cottages and Clifftop Cabin at Huon Bush Retreats are all suitable on an aurora active night.
NOTE: There are NO tours to see the Southern Lights. There are accommodation locations where you can get the best chance of seeing the lights from your cabin but no one can guarantee a tour to see the Aurora.
Several Huon Valley Escapes properties have views to the south. Come for the waterways, wilderness and wildlife that we have on display every day. maybe you get lucky and see an Aurora as a bonus.
Totally dark sky, reasonable southward view
Clifftop Cabin at Huon Bush Retreats has a perfect south view and dark sky.
A few town lights, might get an Aurora view on a good night.
Bonus free upgrade if vacant
Book any cabin at Huon Bush Retreats. During the booking process, you can choose to book and pay for Clifftop Cabin, which has the best view to the south, or a different cabin which will be cheaper. However, no matter which cabin you book and pay for, when you checkin, mention this special offer and ask if Clifftop is still available. If it is vacant, we will give you a free upgrade to Clifftop Cabin. Sunday to Thursday nights (excludes Friday and Saturday nights)
Also, see our Aurora refund guarantee below.
Where do you want to be waiting for the Aurora?
The refund can be claimed in the following instances:
The program so far (more to come):