SOLAR ECLIPSE 2012
“With the possibility of coastal cloud cover affecting visibility, it is believed the best place to view the eclipse will be on the Tablelands and out on the Great Barrier Reef.”
(Aboriginal word for “A Beautiful Place”)
On the outskirts of Kuranda, in the heart of the Tablelands, Amaroo offers one of the best locations for eclipse viewers. The pristine 50 acre property, at the top of a ridge, has unobstructed 360° views and almost no man-made structures nor lights in view. Backing onto World Heritage Rainforest, there is a spectacular sunrise over the Barron River. Amaroo is only 10 minutes from the rainforest village of Kuranda and 40 minutes from Cairns International Airport.
The property is located within a few miles of the center line of the zone of totality at Latitude 16 degrees, 48 minutes, 4.2588 seconds. Near to the easternmost point of the eclipse, people at this location will see the eclipse for its maximum time period -in excess of two minutes. (weather permitting)
The Solar Eclipse is the reason to be in North Queensland but Amaroo offers the bonus of an out of hotel experience in a gorgeous setting with comfortable camping, hot showers, an Indigenous flavour, great food, activities, entertainment, a cold beer at the bar…
AMAROO IS A PERFECT PLACE TO VIEW THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE.
The above photos were taken on November 14th 2010 between -0544 and 0700
The moment of totality will be at 0638
This pristine 50 acre property includes a private and secluded beach on the Barron River which is a safe swimming zone with neither jelly fish nor crocodiles and provides both shallow and deep water swimming as well as an opportunity for canoeing and kayaking. Adjacent to World Heritage Rainforest it affords beautiful rainforest walks, if requested, led by a local Aboriginal Guide. Lectures can be arranged on Astronomy, Aboriginal Culture or Tropical Rainforest Ecosystems.
Located on a ridge of several hundred metres, oriented directly towards the sunrise and overlooking the Barron River, the site has a steady breeze, meaning virtually no mosquitoes, sand flies or midges; as well as cool temperatures and pleasant days in North Queensland’s hot November weather.
Evening activities may include on- screen or live talks by experts in a variety of fields, films, live music….or grab a cold beer from the bar and simply gaze at the stars.
We are also offering a choice of unique day touring options from Amaroo, which will compliment the Eclipse experience at additional cost.
Guests will be Welcomed to Country by the local Aboriginal people and invited to participate in a Smoking Ceremony. Using smoke, fire, dance and chanting, this spiritual sharing is an awesome and fitting part of the Amaroo Eclipse 2012 experience.