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Cairns prepares for lights out

Cairns is getting ready to welcome as many as 50,000 tourists this month who are all heading up north to catch a once in a lifetime sight: a total solar eclipse.
02 November 2012
Shortly after 6 am on Wednesday 14, November, the moon's orbit will bring it directly in front of the sun, blocking out virtually all light and casting a large area of Cairns into instant nightfall.

Just partial solar eclipses are extremely rare and often occur out to sea or their visibility is hindered by clouds. However, this month's is predicted to be a total solar eclipse on a clear day.

Such is the anticipation for the event that some hotels in the region have been booked for as long as three years but up to 50,000 people are expected to find any inch of shore line, any free boats or even hot air balloons to witness one of nature's most spectacular phenomena.

The spectacle expected to be visible from around the Cairns-Port Douglas area and will last for approximately two minutes.

If you want to take the chance to see a truly once in a lifetime event in Cairns, you'll need an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, because it can be easily and quickly applied for online.