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2022 Southern Lights Flight

Join us on the “bucket-list” flight of a lifetime as we take a chartered Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner high over the Southern Ocean in search of the mesmerising Southern Lights/Aurora Australis!

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Join us on our exclusive ,“bucket-list ticking” 2022 “Southern Lights Flight” trip-of-a-lifetime as we travel on a specially chartered Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner flying high over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica. Our destination – the mesmerising and enchanting show of the southern lights!

The captivating and enchanting northern and southern lights have, for the most part, been accessible only to those willing to venture up to the far north of the Northern Arctic Circle during their winter months or for those based in Antarctica during the inhospitable southern winter there.

Now, for the second Quo Vadis Holidays, “Southern Lights Flight”, our plan is to once again witness this spectacle of Mother Nature at 38,000ft from the comfort of your seat aboard a Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner.

On board we’ll have a special guest astrophysicist speaker to tell us all about auroras and the wonders of the night sky and astrophysics.

To see the northern or southern lights during one of their enchanting heavenly displays is to truly watch one of the greatest sights that our Earth puts on!

Though never a guarantee, we absolutely maximise our chances of seeing the aurora australis by:

  1. Flying south to ~ 56º-58º S latitude where the aurora oval passes overhead each evening
  2. We fly at ~38,000ft high above any possible cloud cover that could obscure our views at ground level
  3. Our dates are based around the week of the equinox when scientifically there is much higher aurora activity due to the Russell-McPherron Effect. In fact the strength of the aurora will be anywhere from double to TEN times stronger than at other times of the year!
  4. We’ll be flying during the night so will have pitch dark skies and far away from any “light pollution”. We also time the flight such that the moon does not have a big affect on the skies either.

Our 2022 “Southern Lights Flight” is designed not only for keen astronomers, astrophotographers but also for any adventurous traveller looking to tick-off a major bucket-list experience by witnessing this natural wonder of the world.

Come and join us in 2022 for this “bucket-list” ticking round-trip flight to discover the mesmerising southern lights.

Looking forward to seeing you on board with us in 2022!

Tim Kozma


Quo Vadis Holidays


Hear what our Past Guests have to say about our other boutique, small-group 4-5 star trips around Europe, Scandinavia and beyond!:


– Return ~9-10hr scenic flight from Melbourne with Qantas on 787-9 Dreamliner

– Delicious in-flight international-level catering by Qantas (meals and beverage service)

– Tour photography assistance and advice from expert aurora photographers

– Astrophysicist Professor Alan Duffy as our very special guest speaker on board

Click on the link below to view the range of aurora photos from Scandinavia by Quo Vadis Holidays’ owner and Director, Tim Kozma.

Quovadis Holidays Tour Photos



Melbourne Airport Terminal 1

Friday 25th March 2022 8:30pm

Return, ~5-6am Saturday 26th March 2022


See seating and pricing details below left


As at February 2022:

ECONOMY:    FULLY BOOKED – taking wait-list bookings

PREMIUM ECONOMY: FULLY BOOKED – taking wait-list bookings

BUSINESS CLASS:    FULLY BOOKED – taking wait-list bookings

Contact us TODAY to be wait-listed or for information about future aurora flights!

2022 Approximate Flight Map

Tour Map Southern Lights Flight 2023

2022 Southern Lights Flight  – HOW IT WORKS:

For our  2022 Southern Lights Flight, our specially chartered Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner shall depart southwards from Melbourne at ~8:30pm with a seating-class dinner/beverage package served once in-flight.

En route we’ll have our very special in-flight guest speaker, astrophysicist Professor Alan Duffy to teach/explain/enthral about the southern and northern lights/auroras and other fascinating astronomical facts. ALSO, we’ll have expert aurora photographers on board giving advice and assisting on how best to capture the elusive auroras on cameras.

We’ll travel to ~56º-58º southern latitude to where we are below the “aurora oval” or fly to where it shall be located just to our south. At that point, the plane will then spend around 120-180 minutes alternating its direction every 10-20 minutes to maximise visibility of the southern lights for our passengers. This will be done such that both sides of the plane will have approximately equal viewing time should the auroras be showing.

Cabin lighting shall be dimmed whilst within the aurora oval to maximise our viewing chances and to assist with any photography. Cabin blankets will be provided to help “cover” any ambient light that might reflect off the windows for those attempting photography.


Why choose Quo Vadis Holidays for your bucket-list ticking aurora flight experience?

 – NO Seat Rotation Required

For your flight, unlike with competitors aurora flights, with Quo Vadis Holidays you will NOT be expected or required to rotate your seats with passengers during the ~120-150 minutes of aurora viewing. The seats you book are the seats you and your travelling companions keep for the entire flight! This also means no disruptive seat covid cleaning/sanitising required if rotation were to happen like on other aurora flights.

– Seat Selection at Time of Booking

We’re offering you seat selection choice based on availability in the class chosen at the time of your booking rather than just selecting the class and then being allocated your seat number on the departure day

 – Higher Aurora Sighting Probability

We fly during the crucial week of the equinox when, due to the Russell-McPherron Effect, the alignment of the Earths magnetosphere with the arriving solar wind creates higher aurora activity in both hemispheres. With all our planning, we’re VERY confident of aurora sighting!

 – Fewer Passengers on Board

As we’re offering fewer seats for sale (we’re keeping 95% of Economy interior seats free!) it means more personalised service from crew and hosts.

– Guest Speaker Astrophysicist Professor Alan Duffy on board

We’ll have a very special Guest Speaker, Professor Alan Duffy on board for the flight to tell us all about auroras and astronomy and this amazing sight of nature as we head south to the “aurora zone”!

– Professional Aurora Photography Assistance

Whilst on board, Quo Vadis Holidays’ owner/founder/Director who also has his own photography website will be on hand along with a team of experienced aurora photographers to advise and assist with all your photography! Over the years, Tim has viewed and photographed the Northern Lights  on over forty occasions whilst leading his tour groups through Scandinavia on his bucket-list ticking and unique, 14-day “Arctic Circle and Auroras” trips. His team of astrophotographers have had much experience photographing the southern lights from Victoria and Tasmania!

787-9 SEATING and PRICING OPTIONS: (pricing in AUD)

All seating on board our 2022 Southern Lights Flight chartered Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner in the three classes. Seats will be offered as a pair of the two outermost seats which guarantees a window for every booking of two guests. (If you don’t have someone to share a seat with let us know and we’ll se if we can pair you up!)

Additionally, in Economy and Premium Economy, there will be the ability to purchase the adjacent aisle seat (C/H or D/F) for a third person within your group. Also the option to purchase the inside aisle seat  (D or F) in Economy or another inside seat in Premium Economy if you are a group of four. There will be limited numbers of these seats offered.

Southern Lights Flight 2023 Seating Plan
Southern Lights Flight Seating Plan 2023


– Seats A (window) and E (aisle) or K (window) and F (aisle)

Price per Two Seats:  AU$13,980


– Seats A (window) and B (aisle) or K (window) and J (aisle)

Price per Two Seats: AU$9,490

– Add on an interior aisle seat (D or F)

Price per Extra One Seat:   AU$2,790 (bookable only in conjunction with a Pair of Premium Economy seats)

Price per Extra fourth Seat:   AU$2,290 (bookable only in conjunction with a Pair and third Premium Economy seats)


– Seats A (window) and B (center) or K (window) and J (center)

Price per Two Seats:   AU$5,290

– Add on an exterior aisle seat (C or H)

Price per Extra One Seat:      AU$1,790 (bookable only in conjunction with a Pair of Economy seats)

– Add on an interior aisle seat (D or F)

Price per Extra One Seat:     AU$1,290   (bookable only in conjunction with a row of three Economy seats)

2022 Southern Lights Flight  – FAQs:

Please below answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions regarding our 2022 Southern Lights Flight. Please feel free to call or email us if you can’t find the answer your’e searching for!

Is there a refund if we do not see the Southern Lights?

– Unfortunately no. As mentioned in the previous FAQ,  the auroras are dependent upon the prevailing solar activity and given the amount of pre-planning involved our chances are around 90% – 95% of seeing them. Given the huge success of similar flights through America, Canada, Scandinavia and New Zealand, we’re quietly confident they’ll be seen!

Are the Southern Lights guaranteed?

– Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of seeing auroras. They are dependent upon the prevailing solar activity. We do however maximise our chances by flying well above any prevailing cloud-cover plus we’ll fly into or near the southern aurora oval at ~ 56ºS-58ºS latitude late in the night when skies are dark. We run our flights around the equinox when aurora activity has a peak due to a phenomenon known as the “Russell-McPherron effect”. We estimate chances of seeing auroras at around 90% – 95%.

If we see the lights, what should I expect to see?

– To the naked eye, auroras are generally a faint, wispy off-white colour and under very dark skies a hint of pale green may be detected. When solar activity is high and auroras are strong, their shimmering movement can be seen and slightly stronger hues of pale green and sometimes even a very pale purple or even red might be detected.

The images and footage of auroras in photos and video is always much brighter than is seen with the naked eye due to the long exposures that cameras take to increase their brightness and how vivid the colours are.

Will it be possible to take photos of the auroras?

– Yes. Cabin lights will be dimmed to assist with this should they appear. For best results, a camera with the ability to adjust ISO (film speed) and exposure such as a DSLR will give the best results. The latest mobile phone cameras typically will be able to take simple photos however DSLR cameras will achieve the best results.

-We’ll be advising months beforehand the best ways to improve results for photos and videos!

Will the weather affect the viewing?

As we’ll be flying at ~38,000 feet high above any cloud cover and the fact that auroras occur high up in the atmosphere between 80km to 120km above the Earth’s surface, the weather will not affect visibility.

We have timed the flight to be down under the “aurora oval” around midnight when it is darkest plus before the moon will affect the sky’s darkness.

How long is the flight and if the auroras are showing, how long will we we get to see them?

– Total duration will be around 9-10 hours departing at ~8pm in the evening. We expect to fly for around 3.5hours southwards to ~56º-58º south latitude and then if the auroras are showing we’ll spend around 120-180minutes “zig-zagging” the plane to be able to watch them from either side

Are food and drinks provided during the 2022 Southern Lights Flight?

Even though this is classed as a domestic flight, we provide international standard service on our Qantas charter.

Full dinner service on departure and complimentary bar service is provided throughout the flight.

Can I select a certain seat?

YES! We will try and accommodate seating requests based upon availability at the time of your booking. Seats will be allocated on the best available at the time of your reservation or based on your preferences.

The final seating allocation will be done the evening before departure when final bookings and passenger numbers are confirmed.

The sooner you book, the better your chances of getting the seats you’d like!

Can I buy a single seat on board?

– There will be just two single seats offered, both of these are in Business Class.

For the rest of the plane all seats are sold as pairs (one window seat and it’s adjacent seat). In Premium Economy there is the option to purchase a third adjacent seat and in Economy there will be a limited number of third and fourth adjacent aisle seats offered to those who purchase the initial two seats. If you are a solo traveller please contact us and we’ll see if there are any other solo travellers wishing to share a pair of seats so that you may travel together.

Can I buy two seats for myself?

– Yes, of course! We already have guests who have purchased two Economy seats for themselves 9and we’ll leave the third seat free for you too!)

When will the flight be confirmed?

We’re looking to confirm the flight going ahead should we achieve our minimum passenger number by mid December 2021.

We’ve had SUCH a HUGE rush of enquiries and even bookings when we launched our inaugural aurora flight in late September 2020 we’re sure our 2022 flight will fill quickly!

Do I have to rotate my seats?

NO! Unlike other scenic charter flights, you do not rotate your seats with others on the plane. You only rotate amongst your own travelling companions in your own set of two or three seats during the flight (which you’ll need to work out!)

We figure that you have paid a lot of money for this unique, bucket-list experience and the last thing you want is to be changing your seats every 15-20 minutes with passengers in the interior of the plane during the best part!

Is there an age or other restrictions for the flight?

We welcome passengers of all ages on board however as the trip will be around 9-10 hours long we recommend the trip for ages 8 and above.

  • Seats are priced the same for both adults and children
  • Children under 16 years of age must travel with an adult
  • If you are travelling alone, you should be able to move around the cabin unaided

Can I use or does this flight accumulate Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

– Unfortunately not as charter flights like this do not accumulate or accept frequent flyer points as they are not scheduled Qantas flights.

Will I have access to the Business Class Lounge if I book Business Class/Premium Economy or if I have Lounge Membership?

– Yes! We have been able to secure access to the Business Lounge for  those who book Business Class flights. Those with the appropriate Qantas Membership tier status will have access to the Qantas Lounge. These are usually not included as part of Business Class and Premium Economy ticketing with Qantas charter flights so Quo Vadis Holidays is delighted for its guests at having secured this for them.

Do I need my passport?

– No. As the trip is considered a domestic departure, no passport is required. You will however require formal/official photo identification for boarding (ie drivers license etc)

Is Travel Insurance required?

Though the flight is classified as domestic, we recommend travel insurance for our passengers. You may wish to purchase it through us or through another insurance provider. Please enquire with our team for further information.

Will there be any covid-19 protocols on board?

– Yes. In conjunction with airport and airline regulations, Qantas/Quo Vadis Holidays at this stage shall be exercising the following measures which will be refined closer to the date :

  • For the peace of mind of all passengers, everyone will be required to complete a Health and Safety declaration form. In addition, a contactless temperature test will be conducted on all passengers prior to embarkation. Those people with a fever (38°C or higher) will be denied boarding but, will receive a credit for a future flight.
  • To reduce congestion on board, not all seats in Economy Class will be sold allowing more distancing for passengers.
  • No check-in will be required at the airport. Passengers will proceed straight through security and to the departure gate.
  • Prior to embarkation, each passenger will receive a personal Qantas pack for the flight including disposable mask, sanitiser and disinfectant wipes.
  • Qantas have implemented strict cleaning protocols. Prior to embarkation, there will be enhanced cleaning of the aircraft with a disinfectant effective against coronaviruses. There will be a focus on high contact areas – seats, seatbelts, overhead lockers, air vents and toilets. The air conditioning system of all Qantas aircraft are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA filters, which remove 99.9% of all particles including viruses. Air inside the cabin is refreshed every few minutes, ensuring the highest possible quality of cabin air.
  • Additional sanitisers will be available on board throughout the duration of the flight.

2022 Southern Lights Flight – Terms and Conditions

Please take the time to review all of the Terms and Conditions for our 2022  Southern Lights Flight below

2022 Southern Lights Flight Terms and Conditions

DEPOSIT: A deposit of AU$500 per passenger is required within 3 days of booking to confirm your seat reservations.

FINAL PAYMENT: Dec 15th 2021.

PASSENGER CANCELLATIONS: i) Up to Dec 15th 2021 – full refund of deposit/s

ii) From Dec 16th to 60 days prior to departure: Full refund minus 25% Tour Cost Cancellation Fee

iii) From 59 days to 30 days prior to departure:    Full refund minus 50% Tour Cost Cancellation Fee

iv) From 29 days up until departure:                        No refund

TRIP CANCELLATION Should our 2022 Southern Lights Flight not be able to depart due to official Government restrictions with coronavirus, a full refund will be provided.

CHANGES IN PRICES & ITINERARIES: Pricing and dates shall be confirmed around June 2021.

Prices in this brochure are based on costs, charges, taxes and levies at the time of publication. In the event that such fluctuations affect the price to be paid for services, Quo Vadis Holidays reserves the right to adjust prices as necessary at any time.

TRAVELLING ALONE: Seats are sold in pairs with option in premium Economy and Economy sections to purchase additional adjacent seats. Solo travellers looking to share a seat-pairing with another solo passenger should contact us to check if there are any possibilities for this.

BAGGAGE: Hand luggage limit of 10kg/person including any photographic equipment that fits within the standard Qantas carry-on sizing limits.

PASSPORTS, ID: Passports are not necessary as the flights are considered domestic however ID will be required to match your Boarding Pass.

MINIMUM NUMBERS: The costs are based upon a minimum of 110 people travelling. The trip will be confirmed once minimum numbers are achieved by Dec 15th 2021

NOT INCLUDED: Airport transfers and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the passenger.

AGENTS RESPONSIBILITY: Quo Vadis Holidays and associated businesses act in the capacity of agent for the suppliers of transportation. For further conditions please see those listed at our website under “Terms and Conditions”.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.

CHARTER MANAGER Quo Vadis Holidays (ABN 15 151 545 541) trading as Quo Vadis Holidays, Port Melbourne, Victoria 3207, Australia.

CHARTER AIRLINE Qantas Airways Limited has been contracted as the operating airline. However, Qantas is not involved in the organisation of the flights.

FARES All fares and charges are per person in Australian dollars.

PHOTO ID is required upon check-in e.g. Valid drivers licence, passport or equivalent.

TRANSFER/CHANGES You may transfer your ticket to another person up until 24 hours prior to the flight departure. There will be a AU$100 name change service fee per change will apply. This same service fee will apply for change of class.

TRAVEL CREDIT For the 2022 flight all passengers will require a contactless temperature test before embarking the aircraft. Those people with
a fever (38oC or higher) will be denied boarding, but, will receive a travel credit for a future Southern Lights Flight to the same value of their ticket.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Your “Southern Lights Flight” travel documents and information will be forwarded to you approximately 3-4 weeks prior to departure, providing full payment has been received.

Will not be confirmed in advance of the flight. They will be issued on your boarding pass at the departure airport.

FORCE MAJEURE Force Majeure means the occurrence of an event that is beyond “Southern Lights Flight”/Quo Vadis Holidays’ reasonable control and which could not have
been reasonably prevented by Quo Vadis Holidays, which includes, but is not limited to: (a) war, armed conflict, criminal damage, riot, civil strife, industrial
dispute, terrorist activity or the threat of any such acts; (b) natural disaster (including but not limited to flooding, fire, earthquake, landslide), adverse weather conditions; (c) nuclear or other industrial accident causing environmental pollution or contamination; or (d) change in law, meaning, enactment, amendment (including repeal) in the law
or administration of any law in Australia or any jurisdiction or territory relevant to the booking contract, which includes changes in statute, regulation, determination, bylaw, declaration, licence and the common law as applicable from time to time, including changes or amendments in regulations or access to services, sites or countries
caused by declared epidemic or pandemic events.

that any Force Majeure event prevents Quo Vadis Holidays (whether directly or through its employees, contractors, subcontractors and agents) from lawfully
or safely providing any products or services subject of the booking contract with you, Quo Vadis Holidays may immediately by written notice: (a) terminate the
booking contract (in whole or in part); or (b) change your travel arrangements as reasonably practicable to ensure your safety and invoice you for any additional costs.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IN THE EVENT OF FOREC MAJEURE In the event of a Force Majeure event making it impossible or unsafe for Quo Vadis Holidays to deliver all or part of the holiday package, Quo Vadis Holidays will refund the customer for the unperformed part of the holiday package less any reasonable losses incurred before cancellation. Losses may amount to a substantial proportion of the booking price. Antarctica Flights will use reasonable endeavours to minimise losses incurred by our guests. Customers must take out travel insurance to protect themselves against loss in these circumstances.


1. Our holiday packages include the services of independent providers, such as airlines and other operators, who are not agents, servants or employees of Quo Vadis Holidays. Although we take care in selecting the independent service providers, Quo Vadis Holidays is not responsible for the conduct of the independent service providers, their servants and agents or for any ramifications of that conduct.

2. If, in the opinion of any representative of Quo Vadis Holidays, your mental or physical condition, or general behaviour is such as to affect your own health and safety, render you incapable to care for yourself, cause you to become a hazard to yourself or other passengers or result in you becoming objectionable to other passengers or staff, you will
not be permitted to embark or continue on the whole or any part of the holiday package. Quo Vadis Holidays representatives are empowered to ask guests to depart a holiday package if they are displaying known COVID-19 symptoms. Abuse or harassment of any kind toward crew, contracted suppliers or other guests may result in immediate removal from a holiday package. Quo Vadis Holidays is not liable to you for any costs associated with such decision and you will not be refunded for any part of the holiday package.

3. Quo Vadis Holidays accepts no responsibility for any death, injury, illness, loss (including loss of enjoyment), damage, detention or delay (including mechanical breakdown) beyond its control.

4. Any term, condition or warranty express or implied by statute or otherwise in respect of the holiday packages are excluded to the full extent permitted by law. Nothing in these booking conditions excludes, restricts or modifies the application of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) as amended, consolidated, supplemented or replaced.

5. To the full extent permitted by law, Quo Vadis Holidays’ liability arising under or in connection with these booking conditions: (a) is limited to the resupply of the products or services or the payment of the cost of resupply of the products or services to you; and (b) excludes liability for any indirect or consequential losses suffered by you or any third party, howsoever caused, including but not limited to pure economic loss or any special, extraordinary or punitive damage to you or any other party.

6. You or your travel agent will forward deposits and other payments to us on your behalf, but your travel agent is not our agent for the purpose of receipt of monies. Receipt of deposits and subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipt of those monies by us and the travel agent has no authority expressed or implied to receive monies on our behalf. There is no liability on the part of Quo Vadis Holidays in respect to any monies paid to your travel agent, unless and until Quo Vadis Holidays notifies you (by way of a booking confirmation advice or payment receipt advice) that monies have been received by Quo Vadis Holidays. Quo Vadis Holidays reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by Quo Vadis Holidays within the specified time.

7. The photographs appearing in the brochure and on the website are representational only and are not a guarantee that everything will be exactly as depicted at the location upon arrival. 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 or the appearance of aurora australis/southern lights and no refund or part refund will be made if they do not appear or if views are fully or partially obscured. Alternative routes will be selected to give the best viewing if the planned route has unfavourable weather conditions.

GOVERNING RULE The charter proposal set out herein and the participants’ acceptance by completion of the registration form creates an agreement between
the Charter Manager and the participants subject to the law of the State of Victoria. The registration forms part of this documentation.

SPECIAL NOTE A Qantas 787 aircraft will operate all flights; however, other Qantas aircraft may be substituted without notice. Frequent flyer points do not apply. Depending on prevailing weather conditions the flight path may vary. Alternative flight paths will be deiced by the Captain of the aircraft based upon prevailing conditions during the flight.
be guaranteed.

PHOTOS/VIDEOS Photographs or videos of the flight may be used for promotional purposes. Agreeing to these terms online and acceptance of the documents indicates your acceptance and release for this material to be used for promotional and/or resale purposes.

AIRLINE LEVY Airline fuel and/or security levies may apply.


1)Friday 25th March, 2022  ~8:30pm

                  Return: ~ 5-6am Saturday 26th March 2022

(One 2022 departure ONLY at this stage. Hurry!)


See above for seating class pricing details

 (Please contact us directly for all other queries)


What do we know about auroras?

Take a look at some of the footage (time-lapse AND real-time) that Quo Vadis Holidays

owner/Director and avid photographer Tim Kozma has taken whilst leading groups on

his unique and bucket-list ticking trip, “Arctic Circle and Auroras” over the last few years.

Join us on board and let Tim show you how to get photos and time-lapse

of the stunning and enchanting aurora australis!

Southern Lights Flight Seating Plan 2023