Witnessing the celestial display of northern lights in the open sky is a bucket list experience for many. Unfortunately for us in Brisbane, seeing this magical light show up close means a long-haul trip. But here’s the good news: you can get the next best thing just an hour from Brisbane. Gold Coast’s night sky is set to light up in a dazzling display thanks to an event called Wonder, curated by HOTA (Home of the Arts). The installation is created by Switzerland-based artist Dan Acher, where visitors will be transported to the Arctic Circle as luminous waves of light dance above Surfer’s Paradise.
Wonder, Surfer’s Paradise
Borealis mesmerised our friends in Melbourne last year with a dazzling display above Lake Daylesford. Then the event travelled up to the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Now, it’s our turn to check it out.
Technology and art converge in Borealis to create surreal auroras over the lawns of HOTA’s Outdoor Stage. The colour, movement and density of light beams will shift and change based on weather conditions, giving the display a unique quality.
Like how it sounds so far? It gets better. The gorgeous display is accompanied by a soundtrack created by French composer Guillaume Desbois. So you can witness the lights dance across the vineyards to transportive music created using synthesisers and traditional instruments. This immersive experience has been around the world from Switzerland to Japan and now Queensland residents get a taste.
Best of all, Wonder’s Borealis experience is free to attend. So pack a picnic and head down south for a magical experience under the stars.
Borealis is open to the public from 6pm – 9pm on these dates:
- Friday, October 6
- Sunday, October 8
- Thursday, October 12
- Saturday, October 14
- Sunday, October 15
You can find more information about Wonder here.