Queensland offers front row seats for the 2012 solar eclipse
Parts of the Australian state lie directly in the path of the eclipse
The diamond ring effect is one of the most anticipated moments of a solar eclipse
This year, many people in the southern hemisphere will be treated to one of the world’s most awe-inspiring displays, a total solar eclipse and Queensland, Australia will be the place to head, offering unprecedented views of this rare event.
As the Moon’s shadow blocks the Sun's rays for just over two minutes on the morning of 14 November this year, Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia will be one of the best observing spots on the planet.
But, before you travel, its worth knowing that an estimated 40,000 other enthusiasts will have had similar ideas. So if you don’t want the crowds to spoil the view it’s probably worth booking a viewing platform.
But the excitement doesn't end with the eclipse. The Solar Eclipse Marathon, a race with over 2000 competitors, will begin straight after the event. The marathon organisers are holstering the largest starting gun ever used to start a race - the Sun - as the first rays of light re-emerge from behind the moon.
The local Chamber of Commerce is also organising a festival of events that it plans to host for the thousands of eclipse spectators before and after the event.