Queensland is probably your best bet of the 2012 solar eclipse land-based viewing oppurtunities. Cairns is highly accessible internationally and in the line of totality. Other (near)coastal options include Port Douglas , Mossman, Clifton Beach, Ayton and Bloomfield Mission. Driving inland, Maitland Downs, Palmerville, Frome Outstation and Sefton are all as near as damn it on the centre line. Hugging the Pacific Coast line will give you longer period of totality.
If you're so inclined - head out to sea. As the eclipse travels from east to west - totality will be longer off the coatal areas of Queensland than onshore - one of my prime reasons for (yet again!) travelling with the intrepid band of folks from Journeys Worldwide.
Probably one of the best ways of including the eclipse in an Ozzie tour, is to include Brisbane / Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef possibly going as far as the Cape York Peninsula.
Images are reproduced courtesy of Jay Anderson.
The Gabba - Day one of the Australia / South Africa Test Match - Picture gallery from the first day of the Australia v South Africa Test Match
2012 eclipse - first contact - The start of the partial phases of the 2012 solar eclipse
2012 Solar Eclipse - partial stages of the eclipse recommence - Video of third contact and the bgeinning of the partial eclipse during the 2012 eclipse seen from Port Douglas
2012 eclipse information and schedule - 2012 eclipse information and schedule in Queensland
2012 solar eclipse - Getting to Cairns - Cairns - quick reference information on how to get there
Cairns - 10 great things to do - Ten great things to do in the Queensland city of Cairns by Keith Jenkins of Velvet Escape
Kuranda Scenic Railway - The Kuranda Scenic Railway goes over a bridge in Queensland
2012 Solar Eclipse totality seen from offshore of Port Douglas - Video of totality during the 2012 eclipse seen from Port Douglas in Queensland
Australia - Travel stuff from around Australia
Chase eclipses - 5 reasons you must - Chasing eclipses and why it's is a must-do experience in a travellers life
Northern Territory - Official website of Northern Territory Tourism
Queensland Tourism - Official website of Tourism Queensland
Tourism Australia - Official website of Tourism Australia
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook