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A rare opportunity to witness the Aurora Australis, guests of The Tasman are invited to capture light in darkness, going off-track and off-grid, delving deeper into Tasmania's winter wonders.


A rare opportunity to witness the Aurora Australis, guests of The Tasman are invited to capture light in darkness, going off-track and off-grid, delving deeper into Tasmania's winter wonders.

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This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2024-05-06

In Tasmania, winter is when things get wild, weird and wonderful.

A season where nature's wonders inspire creativity and where exploration knows no bounds, This off-season, The Tasman, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart, invites travellers to explore Tasmania’s enchanting night sky, alive with vibrant galaxies, the Milky Way, and the ethereal Aurora Australis* that illuminates the sky with magical hues of purple and green glows.

Presenting the ‘Skygazer’ experience, led by local Tasmanian photographer and Aurora chaser Luke O’Brien.

Guests may experience the rare opportunity to witness the celestial experience, capturing the brilliance of light amidst darkness.

Tasmania offers Australia’s best viewing platform for travellers lucky enough to witness the Aurora Australis, with dramatic landscapes and dark skies free of light pollution.

Contingent upon weather conditions, travellers may experience the spectacle of a delicate light show of the Aurora illuminating the night sky.

Available exclusively for guests of The Tasman during winter, visitors will be guided by photographer Luke O’Brien in an intimate photography lesson, revealing the stunning features of the southern night sky.

The ‘Skygazer' experience includes transportation to prime lookout points identified by local expert O’Brien, where guests may have the opportunity to capture The Aurora - often too subtle for the naked eye, its celestial presence is best viewed through digital lens photography.

A spectacle only visible in the depths of the Tasmanian winter, travellers will be rewarded for bracing the dropping mercury with a hot spiced apple cider and a Waverley Mills buttery soft Merino wool scarf to rug up in.

Centrally located in the heart of the Tasmanian capital, The Tasman layers timeless history with refined, low-fi luxury accommodation. After a night spent beneath the light spectacle amidst the crisp Tasmanian air, guests can retreat back to the warm embrace of a sumptuous bath and crackling fireplace - all accompanied by the soothing embrace of fine whisky.

Comprising three linked unique buildings - Heritage, Art Deco, and a new contemporary designed wing - The Tasman stands at the first Luxury Collection hotel in Australia. Striking a balance between refined luxury and secluded experiences, The Tasman is poised as the most idyllic base for hotel guests looking for thoughtfully curated and immersive adventures that encourage exploration beyond the beaten path.

Guests of The Tasman can book the experience directly through the hotel’s Les Clefs d'Or concierge.

‘Skygazer’ experience inclusions:

  • A night sky photography session with Tasmanian photographer Luke O’Brien**
  • Transfers to and from the locations selected by the photographer
  • Spiced Tasmanian apple cider
  • Tasmanian Waverley Mills merino wool scarf
  • The Aurora Chaser’s Handbook for guests to take home as a keepsake
For an overnight stay at The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart, rooms start from $350 per room per night via

The ‘Stargazer Experience’ is bookable from an additional $580 for an individual experience, or $450 per person for a group experience, bookable via the hotel concierge +613 6240 6000 or

For more information, please visit: Skygazer in Hobart, Australia | Luxury Collection (

Valid Stay Dates: Select dates available over Tasmania’s winter season, from 1 June to 31 August 2024.

*To witness the Aurora Australis is weather dependent and cannot be guaranteed.
** Guests are required to provide their own camera.

About The Tasman, A Luxury Collection Hotel Hobart

The Tasman, opened on 17 December 2021, in Hobart, Tasmania, marking the debut of The Luxury Collection by Marriott International in Australia. Centrally located at Parliament Square overlooking Hobart’s historic waterfront, The Tasman is an elegant heritage reconstruction of former state government offices that brings together three eras of design: Georgian, Art Deco, and Contemporary. The Tasman offers 152 guest rooms and suites carefully conceived to showcase the captivating architectural narrative of the site and ensures no two stays are the same. A signature restaurant taking culinary direction from renowned Tasmanian chef, Massimo Mele, cocktail bar, and spirits library, as well as a refined lounge can be found deep within the old sandstone walls. Honouring the riches of its location, The Tasman, connects a pioneering past to a vibrant contemporary culture, where guests are emboldened to explore the epicurean highlights of the city and the wilderness beyond. 

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world's most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination's charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe's most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble over 115 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 35 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition.

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