Port Douglas will be the centre of events with an expected 40,000 people arriving to see the 2012 Total Solar Eclipse.
THE BEST VIEWING LOCATION – Port Douglas
This unique phenomenon will be best viewed from the Port Douglas area as the eclipse`s path will travel over Port Douglas. The total solar eclipse occurs at 6:38am on 14 November 2012 (Queensland, Australia Time) so be sure to book at least 5 days to witness this amazing event. Shantara Resort Port Douglas is perfectly located only 5 minutes walk to Four Mile Beach.
BOOK YOUR PORT DOUGLAS ACCOMMODATION NOW
Book your accommodation for this great celestial event now to avoid disappointment. Shantara Resort Port Douglas offers a variety of room configuration that will suit everyone. Ring us today to book for this event. Minimum stay of 5 nights during the Eclipse period (8 November to 17 November) For your Total Solar Eclipse accommodation options in 2012- Check tariffs now
The Total Solar Eclipse Path
The first point of contact of the Moon’s shadow with the Earth`s surface occurs north east of the Kakadu National Park, in a line extending northeast of Ubirr Rock. The shadow travels east across Arnhem Land, crosses into the Gulf of Carpentaria coast at the north end of Blue Mud Bay. It strikes land again on Cape York Peninsula near Wallaby Island. The centreline crosses the Eastern coast 30km north of Cairns about halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas. After that it crosses Green Island before heading south east across the Pacific where it doesn’t touch land again.
The 2012 total eclipse can be seen along the coast from a 140 km wide path. The path crosses the coast at an angle so that the 140km wide path covers a 200km swathe of coastline between Innisfail in the south to Cedar Bay National Park about half way between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown. Outside this area, a partial eclipse only will be visible. Just outside the total path, for example south Innisfail, a 99.9% partial eclipse is visible. Be in no doubt, a 99.9% partial eclipse is not almost the same as the spectacle of a total eclipse. If you live near the edge of the path, get in the car and drive into the path of totality. Anywhere between Gordonvale and Port Douglas on or near the coast are the best places to see the eclipse. The duration is longest in this area. The total part of the eclipse lasts for two spectacular minutes anywhere between Cairns and Port Douglas. To the north and south, duration gets progressively shorter and shorter until, near the southern and northern limits, it only lasts for a few seconds. For folks living in or near Innisfail, watch from at least 20km north of Innisfail say Babinda or Bramston Beach to get a decent duration of about 1m 20s.
Don’t miss out on this event, book your Port Douglas accommodation today for this great celestial event.