In the southern hemisphere, southern lights or aurora australis is the equivalent of aurora borealis . Beautiful shades of green, purple and blue illuminate the night sky, which can be enjoyed all year round but the best time is winter from May through September.
The southern island of Tasmania is the best place to see the southern lights, especially during equinoxes in March and September. Mount Wellington, not far from Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart is among the most popular posts for aurora australis chasers.
On mainland Australia, the best destination to observe southern lights is the state of Victoria, in the southeastern part of the continent. Victoria's 1,200-mile ocean coast provides plenty of beautiful spots to watch nature's show. Choose one of the idyllic seaside towns like Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road, which is a few-hour drive from Melbourne.
If you are looking for locations closer to Melbourne, try Cape Schanck, which is about a 1.5-hour drive from Victoria's capital. Cape Schanck is the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula and a perfect location for long walks and picnics. You can stay at the nearby town of Flinders, which is a popular scuba diving spot with a long pier. Another option is to observe Aurora australis over the Bass Strait, separating Australia from Tasmania. It is one of the best spots on the continent.