The next total solar eclipse will be on the 14th November 2012. (N.B. Greatest eclipse is at 22:11:48 Tuesday November 13, 2012 GMT which is converts to 08:11:48 Wednesday November 14, 2012 Queensland time - this eclipse crosses the international date line and, consequently, covers two days) The point of greatest eclipse will be in an area of the South Pacific in which there is no discernable land mass close to the centre line. Our eclipse plan and schedule is briefly outlined below. Major urban centres along the Eastern Seaboard of Queensland - more specifically around Cairns provide the best oppurtunities of viewing the eclipse from on land. Port Douglas is best avoided if you want to view all the eclipse - as Port Douglas have planned a marathon which, stupidly, begins at the end of totality and goes on through the second partial phases.
Essentially, the eclipse trip will be made up of two parts: one based in Brisbane and an eclipse cruise. Roughly our schedule will be as follows:
From Brisbane In Brisbane , I'll be attneding the first day of the Australia / South Africa Test Match at The Gabba - one of the most famous sporting venues in the world! When based in Brisbane , I'll be visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and a visit to the Brisbane Planetarium . Lunch will be at Mt Cootha and get orientated with the city of Brisbane itself. The trip will also take us to the Gold Coast - stopping en-route at Movie World. Most likely, we'll also visit Surfers Paradise
The Cruise: During the 7-day cruise we will visit the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach, Yorkeys Knob (a well known promontroy at the end of a white beech) Of course, the cruise will include the total solar eclipse itself. After the eclipse, we will have a full day cruising back to Brisbane - which will include passing the Willis Islands.
Eclipse Safaris - Rick Brown is an eclipse chaser who will be viewing the eclipse from Cairns.
Association Queensland Factsheet
Excellent factsheet on and about the 2012 solar eclipse in Queensland
Site with some excellent links to other Queensland regional information from Cairns Tourism.
Eclipse2012.com is a website dedicated to providing information exclusivly about the 2012 total solar eclipse.
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
The Gabba - clocking up the runs - Hussey and Kallis at the first day of the test match at the Gabba in Brisbane
The Gabba - Kallis batting on day one of the Australia vs South Africa 2012 test - The first day of the Australia vs South Africa test at the Gabba in Brisbane
The Gabba - Amla batting at the Australia vs South Africa test 2012 - Amla batting at the Gabba during the Australia, South Africa test 2012
The Gabba - Hussey bowling to Kallis with Amla at the South Africa vs Australia 2012 test match - Hussey and Kallis at the first day of the test match at the Gabba in Brisbane
Kuranda Scenic Railway - The Kuranda Scenic Railway goes over a bridge in Queensland
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 Solar Eclipse totality seen from offshore of Port Douglas - Video of totality during the 2012 eclipse seen from Port Douglas in Queensland
Surfers Paradise - Three things I loved about Surfers Paradise - Three things Cailin O'Neil loved about Surfers Paradise in Queensland, 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