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The 2002 Australian Total Solar Eclipse

As Seen by Fred Bruenjes

This page will contain some early photos of my trip to Australia. Please check back!

This page contains the eclipse photos.

Thursday, November 28th, 2002: San Diego, CA to Cairns, Australia

The beginnings of a sunrise over the Pacific. The planet Venus is visible as a dot in the upper left.

Pacific Ocean waves and clouds.

The plane that took us from Sydney to Cairns (a 747-300).

Shoreline just south of Cairns

Our hotel in Cairns. Total time travelling from home to the hotel was about 30 hours.

Friday, November 29th, 2002: The Great Barrier Reef

Beach adjacent to the rainforest that is a World Heritage Site. It's deadly jellyfish season and so swimming is not allowed.

Shipwreck on the Reef.

The observation platform where all Reef activities center around. In the foreground is a glass bottom boat.

Feeding time.

Saturday, November 30th, 2002: Cairns Rainforest

Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Barron Falls, normally a torrent but now only a trickle because over the last three years they have gotten only 25% of the normal rainfall.

We toured the rainforest in an old US Army Duck.

Aboriginal dances.


Spectacular views from the Skyrail.

Sunday, December 1st, 2002: Cairns to Adelaide

Great Barrier Reef as seen from the air.

The Outback as seen from the air.

Downtown Adelaide.

Flinders Street Baptist Church.

Monday, December 2nd, 2002: Adelaide to Mambray Creek

Our vehicles.

WILD kangaroo.

WILD emu.

1/250 f5.6 400mm ISO100
Sunset from Mambray Creek.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002: Mambray Creek to Glendambo

Alligator Gorge.

Welcome to The Outback (there's an actual sign, see Dec 5th below).

1/4000 f38 400mm ISO100
Sunset in Glendambo.

Stars spin around the south celestial pole at our RV site.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2002: ECLIPSE DAY! (Glendambo to Woomera)

Woomera rocket museum.

Please see THIS page for eclipse pics.

Thursday, December 5th, 2002: Glendambo to Wilpena Pound

Ancient aboriginal cave paintings.

Friday, December 6th, 2002: Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound seen from the air (we took a 30min flightseeing tour).

Wilpena Pound seen from Elder Ridge (we took a 4 hour 4x4 tour).

Parrot in Wilpena.

Beautiful stars at night.

Kangaroos feeding at night.

Saturday, December 7th, 2002: Wilpena to Adelaide

Clare Valley, the home of many famous wineries.

Farmland south of Clare, near Tarlee.

Sunday, December 8th, 2002: Adelaide to Los Angeles

Our plane from Melbourne to LAX (a 747-400ER).

We flew over New Caledonia (shown) and Hawaii.

Sunrise just before landing in Los Angeles.

Sunset over a California island.

This concludes the updates. Please check back in several weeks for a detailed final report on the trip.

I took 3,240 pictures in all, which takes up 17.3GB.

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