The solar eclipse is now under a week away, and competition for viewing spots is heating up. Far north Queensland is expecting thousands of visitors, many of them hoping to see the eclipse from the coast. The more adventurous are heading inland, into the scrub, to places like Palmer River, where an eclipse dance music festival is expecting 10 thousand visitors.
If you’d like to see the eclipse far from the crowds, and see some very special country while you’re at it, consider Jowalbinna Station. It’s about four and half hours drive north of Cairns, on sealed roads until the final 40 kilometres. Jowalbinna was a cattle property, but these days it’s an eco-tourism destination renowned for its many Aboriginal rock art sites.
The Jowalbinna Station bush camp sits on the banks of the Little Laura River in the heart of Quinkan country. Quinkans are powerful spirit beings that are at the heart of the indigenous stories of this region. Quinkans are depicted in a lot of the rock art, along with other ancestor beings and stories of this country going back tens of thousands of years.
Listen to an audio tour of Jowalbinna Station with Matt Trezise.
Listen to Matt Trezise talk about an indigenous perspective of a solar eclipse.