People in Australia are preparing to witness a solar eclipse.

Scientists, astronomers and eclipse tourists who have taken cheap flights to Australia are readying themselves to witness a solar eclipse.

There is expected to be around 60,000 people converging on the region to watch the event unfold on Wednesday (November 14th) morning local time.

People have come from all over the world to watch the eclipse from beaches, rainforests, hot air balloons and dive boats in northern Queensland.

The local tourism industry is celebrating all the extra visitors having endured a tough time recently thanks to the global financial crisis and Cyclone Yasi.

Head of the local tourism board Rob Giason said the eclipse has significantly brightened the outlook for local operators, stating that people are taking flights to Australia from everywhere.

“This event’s incredible. As well as scientists we’ve got eclipse chasers and people who want to be part of a once in a lifetime experience,” he told AAP.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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