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Southern Lights

Southern parts of Australia are lucky to witness the glowing aurora australis

Southern Lights in Australia - Best Time
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The equivalent of aurora borealis in the southern hemisphere is southern lights or aurora australis. Beautiful shades of green, purple and blue illuminating the night sky can be enjoyed all year round but the best time is winter from May through September.

Milky Way and possibly the glow of aurora australis
Milky Way and possibly the glow of aurora australis

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.

Aurora australis over Hobart, Tasmania
Aurora australis over Hobart, Tasmania
Southern Lights in Australia - Best Season

On mainland Australia, the best destination to observe southern lights is the state of Victoria, in the south-east 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, within a few-hour drive from Melbourne. Aurora australis over the Bass Strait, separating Australia from Tasmania, is one of the best spots on the continent.

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