North east Australia was the place to be this morning. Cairns, Queensland and the surrounding area was the best place to see the solar eclipse. Apparently people began booking accommodation 3 years ago for last night to make sure they could be there to witness this big event. Others who left it too late to book accommodation slept in their cars then turned and drove back the hundreds of kilometres they had travelled to Cairns. It would certainly have been worth the night of roughing it.
There was a lot of cloud in the sky in the leadup but it magically cleared for the 2 mins the eclipse occurred.
In Melbourne, and on other parts of the east coast of Australia, we had a partial eclipse. Despite the weather forecast being for a lot of cloud cover there were no clouds in the sky when I left the house for work.