Some who seek totality often use total eclipses of the Sun as an excuse to travel to places they might not otherwise visit. Others consider a total solar eclipse an added bonus for a trip to a locale that’s long been on a wish list. Thanks to its location, the April 20, 2023, total eclipse offers a little something for everyone.
In 2012, totality passed over the Cape York peninsula in northeastern Australia and plunged Cairns into darkness for two minutes. The 2023 total solar eclipse barely touches the opposite coast, briefly crossing a peninsula in Western Australia. For those who’ve been thinking about a trip to the Land Down Under, perhaps to the infrequently visited western region of the country, this is a golden opportunity to combine Australia and totality.
The 2023 eclipse also sweeps over regions that are not as popular with travelers as Australia, because they are more difficult to reach. The Timor Sea, plus Timor-Leste, West Papua, and the other smaller islands touched by totality offer much to those interested in the natural environment of tropical regions. But while land expeditions to these areas beyond Australia are possible, this region is best suited to an eclipse cruise if viewing totality is the prime reason for the journey.