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2023 solar eclipse: McGowan Government to inject $21 million into planning for Exmouth’s extraordinary event

WA will be the best place in the world to experience a total solar eclipse in exactly a year’s time — and millions of dollars are being poured into preparations for a massive tourism coup.

The Exmouth Peninsula is expected to plunge into complete darkness for 62 seconds when the Sun, Moon and Earth align at 11.27am on April 20, 2023.

It will make Exmouth the best land-based location in the world to experience the natural phenomenon, while Perth is predicted to experience a 70 per cent eclipse.

Coral Bay in WA’s Mid West will experience 99 per cent darkness to make it the second-best place in the State to witness the solar eclipse, followed by Karratha (97 per cent) and Carnarvon (95 per cent).

The McGowan Government will pour more than $21 million into event planning and other infrastructure across WA to maximise on the expected flood of interstate and international visitors heading to the State for the experience.

The McGowan Government will pour more than $21 million into event planning and other infrastructure across WA. Pictured: WA's chief scientist professor Peter Klinken, and Roger Cook.
Camera IconThe McGowan Government will pour more than $21 million into event planning and other infrastructure across WA. Pictured: WA’s chief scientist professor Peter Klinken, and Roger Cook. Credit: Nic Ellis

Thousands of tourists are expected to visit Ningaloo Coastal Reserve, Ningaloo Marine Park, Montebello Marine Park, Pilbara Inshore Islands, Cape Range National Park, Barrow Island Marine Management Area and the Giralia Station.

“A Total Solar Eclipse is an extraordinary astronomical event that presents a unique tourism opportunity for Exmouth and the broader North West Cape,” Tourism Minister and WA Deputy Premier Roger Cook said.

“This will be the only land-based place in the world where people will be able to view 100 per cent of the Total Solar Eclipse on land.

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