Solar Eclipse 2023

The Solar Eclipse Explained

April this year will see visitors to the Gascoyne region will have front row seats for one of nature's most phenomenal occurrences - a solar eclipse - with Exmouth experiencing 62 seconds of totality as the sun is completely blocked by the Moon.  THe Shire of Upper Gascoyne has a series of events planned around the Eclipse in Gascoyne Junction called Under Gascoyne Skies. 

On April 20, 2023 at around 11.27am, the path of totality will graze the tip of Western Australia in a 40 kilometre wide track along the Gascoyne coastline, making it the most accessible land based place on Earth to view the spectacle. 

Whilst Exmouth is in complete darkness for just over a minute, the rest of Western Australia will experience a partial solar eclipse, with some locations experiencing more 'darkness' than others. 

Location Coverage
Gascoyne Junction 90.25%
Kennedy Range National Park 92.19%
Mount Augustus National Park 87.81%
Carnarvon 97%
Coral Bay 99%
Perth 72%

Accommodation in Exmouth is heavily booked, so Gascoyne Junction and our neighbours Carnarvon and Coral Bay will play a major roles in accommodating visitors wishing to travel to see the solar eclipse.  Western Australia is the dark sky tourism capital of Australia, and one of the best places in the world to watch the stars, sun and moon journey across the sky. 

The Shire of Upper Gascoyne has a series of events planned as a part of the Under Gascoyne Skies Festival.

Additional Resources:

Plan Now for the 2023 Solar Eclipse in Western Australia - Sky & Telescope - Sky & Telescope (