Here comes the sun: Total eclipse draws stargazers

Thousands have gathered along the coast of northeast Queensland to catch a glimpse of a rare total solar eclipse this morning.

The beach at Palm Cove in far north Queensland was packed with enthusiastic eclipse watchers. Sunrise happened just after 5:30am (6:30 AEST). The solar spectacle began shortly after at 5:45am.

Watch a timelapse video of the eclipse

For two minutes the moon swallowed the sun, revealing the sun's outer layer of gas. A total solar eclipse is the only time people can see the corona.