A total solar eclipse hasn’t been visible in Australia since 2012. There have been partial eclipses, sure. But it’s been a whole decade since we’ve been able to witness the moon completely passing between Earth and the Sun from our corner of the globe. Seeing a total solar eclipse is a truly magical experience, an event that brings flocks of stargazers to the location underneath its path of totality.
Luckily for us in 2023, the path of the solar eclipse will hit Australia, but only in Western Australia’s Exmouth Peninsula. The region is best-known for being the gateway to the iconic Ningaloo Reef, where you can swim with giant whale sharks.
Come next April though, you’ll be able to see the sharks and so much more on the Coral Coast.
On April 20, 2023, at around 11:27am local time, the skies are set to go dark, apart from a dark sphere with a fiery-like orange ring around it. The most prime viewing points for the eclipse will be between the town of Exmouth and Learmonth Airport.
If this isn’t a sign to visit the Coral Coast, then we’re not sure what is. To get to Exmouth, you can either fly or drive from Perth. We recommend doing the road trip from Perth up the WA coastline, which takes around 13 hours. There are plenty of epic destinations to stop off at along the way too!