Where are the best places in Tasmania to see the Southern Lights?
Nearly all of Tassie is good for aurora spotting, but we recommend looking for unobstructed views facing south. The South Arm Peninsula (south of Hobart), Mount Nelson, Mount Wellington, Rosny Hill and Seven Mile are just a few ideas.
As Tasmania’s biggest city, Hobart may surprise you as a destination to see the Southern Lights, but it is possible. Seven Mile Beach (near the airport) has great southern views and is protected from most light pollution. The golf course at Rosny Hill is another spot with minimal light pollution.
A 30 minute drive west of Hobart, Mount Wellington is one of the best aurora viewpoints in the area. At over 4000ft (1200m) in elevation, you’ll be well above most light pollution on a dark night, however, depending on the conditions of the atmosphere, the light pollution from the suburb of Kingston can make decent sightings or photography difficult.
A suburb of southern Hobart, Mount Nelson offers a great vantage point of the city – and of the Southern Lights on a night where the aurora is particularly bright and strong. For the best view point, head to the top of Mount Nelson to the Signal Station, where you’ll have panoramic views of the city and night sky.
South Arm Peninsula
South Arm Peninsula is a 40 minute drive south-east of Hobart, and a haven for astrophotographers. Clifton Beach and Calverts Beach both offer excellent opportunities to see the aurora in the dark night sky – both beaches have good south-facing views that are key to seeing the Southern Lights.
A highly recommended destination if you want to see the Southern Lights in Tasmania is Cockle Creek, near the southernmost tip of Tasmania. A two hour drive south of Hobart, Cockle Creek is best for travelers with a rental car and commitment to try and see the Aurora Australis firsthand. The nearest accommodation is in nearby Ida Bay - ask the team at First Light Travel HQ for options if you want to spend a night or two near this ideal viewing spot