- Three thousand general admission tickets now available for the Eclipse Viewing Site
- Located between Exmouth and Learmonth, the viewing site will be one of the best places on Earth to experience the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse on 20 April
- Tens of thousands of visitors expected in the Gascoyne and Pilbara regions to witness the sun, moon and Earth align on 20 April
Three thousand general admission tickets are now on sale for the prime viewing location of the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse.
The viewing site will be one of the best places on Earth to experience the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse when it is plunged into darkness on 20 April.
Ticket holders will experience the maximum amount of darkness, an estimated 62 seconds, alongside scientific experts and eclipse chasers from around the world.
The solar eclipse will occur over a three-hour period, with totality in Exmouth at approximately 11:29 AM (WST) when the sun, moon and Earth align.
Exmouth is the only town in Australia in the path of totality. While it will experience a 100 per cent solar eclipse, other towns in the region will experience near total darkness. Onslow and Coral Bay will have 99 per cent darkness while Carnarvon will be about 95 per cent.
Located between Exmouth and Learmonth, the family-friendly viewing site will be open from 7am to 4pm. It will have free drinking water and marquees for shade.
There are two options for general admission tickets: $50 plus booking fee includes a packed lunch and options for parking; $90 plus booking fee includes a packed lunch and shuttle bus transport to and from four designated locations.
The WA Government has announced almost $22 million in funding to help ensure readiness for a significant increase in visitors, including grants totalling more than $837,000 for 40 local Gascoyne and Pilbara businesses.
Upgrades across the region are underway, including improvements to the region's roads, marine infrastructure, telecommunication networks and local facilities.
Funding from the WA Government has also been used to help set up a temporary camping site at Welch Street in Exmouth to provide additional accommodation for the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse. Serviced campsites are now open for booking and self-contained sites are still available to book at https://bookingsau.newbook.cloud/exmouth/index.php
Representatives from 14 State Government agencies have been working in partnership with the local shires of Exmouth, Carnarvon and Ashburton, and the Department of Defence to ensure local communities, including businesses, are supported and the region is prepared for an influx of visitors.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Eclipse Viewing Site, visit: https://megatix.com.au/events/ningaloo-eclipse-ga
Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook:
"The countdown is on. In less than 80 days, the shadow of the moon will graze the tip of Western Australia across a 40-kilometre-wide track, travelling over one of the most beautiful parts of the world - the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo region near Exmouth.
"We know this extraordinary astronomical event is going to attract a surge in international and domestic visitors to the region, and hat is why we are helping to make sure local communities and businesses are as prepared as possible.
"The Eclipse Viewing Site is an opportunity to experience the maximum amount of darkness alongside scientific experts and eclipse chasers from around the world.
"We want to see the 2023 Total Solar Eclipse leave a lasting legacy for the growing tourist centres in the Ningaloo region."
Minister's office - 6552 6500