We saw the Southern Lights from Southern Tasmania
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 one of our eco-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
NOTE: There are NO tours to see the Southern Lights. Not by us, not by anyone else except flights to Antarctica.
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.
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 is excellent on an aurora active night.
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
Also, see our Aurora refund guarantee below.
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