From Tourism Queensland’s news room (60,000 to make eclipse pilgrimage to Queensland’s Tropical North):
Tropical North Queensland is preparing to welcome an estimated 60,000 people to witness the region’s first total solar eclipse in more than 1,300 years.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said hot air balloons, Great Barrier Reef islands, cruise ships, dive boats and palm-fringed beaches are just some of the vantage points visitors will use to view the eclipse.
“At 6.38am Queensland time on Wednesday November 14 all eyes will be on the 200km stretch between Innisfail and the Daintree as it experiences its first total solar eclipse since 710AD,” Ms Stuckey said.
“Between 50,000 and 60,000 scientists, astronomers, astrologists, eclipse chasers and other visitors will make the pilgrimage to Queensland’s Tropical North and the region’s tourism operators are ready to greet them.”
Cairns-based econ blogger KS wrote an amusing, irreverent post last week on the Eclipse Euphoria!