Eclipse chasers head to Queensland

Eclipse chasers head to Queensland

More than 50,000 visitors will head to Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef next month to see a rare solar eclipse.

The last total solar eclipse in Cairns was in 710AD and the next is not expected for another 225 years.

The local tourism and hospitality industry is experiencing a surge in occupancy to around 80%, with some accommodation booked almost three years ago. Eclipse chasers are expected to arrive from across the world, including four chartered aircraft from Japan.

Beginning at 0545 on 14 November in Darwin, the solar eclipse shadow will sweep across the Gulf of Carpenteria and Cape York, before the central line crosses directly over Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea at 0740.

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