It is that time of year again! As Christmas approaches and the carols start playing, at Capricorn Caves it means one thing. Summer Solstice! Throughout December and January, the Summer Solstice Light Spectacle takes place every day. It is an event which brings visitors from across the globe to Rockhampton and the Capricorn Caves to witness this truly amazing natural phenomenon. What is the Summer Solstice Light Spectacle though?
Here in Rockhampton we are quite famous for sitting right on top of (close enough too) the Tropic of Capricorn, the southernmost latitude where the sun can be seen directly overhead. Because of this, on the longest day of the year, December 22nd in 2017, we have this incredible natural occurrence where the sun lines up directly along the Tropic of Capricorn and around midday, a powerful beam of sunlight is concentrated into the cave.
At the Capricorn Caves we like to have a bit of fun with this beam of sunlight as it arrives everyday for around 3 weeks either side of the solstice as it strengthens and weakens in intensity. Simple tools allow an amazing lightshow with the use of disco balls, coloured materials and the concentration of the beam to burn guests’ tickets. It really is a unique photo opportunity, as it is the only place in the southern hemisphere where something like this occurs.
In different parts of the world solstice events are celebrated on a more serious scale such as 12’000 visitors to watch the sunrise at Stonehenge in England! We do have international visitors arriving for different reasons with people performing little ceremonies, recharging crystals or taking a kiss under the “beam of eternity”. We have even hosted a Summer Solstice wedding, with the bride wearing a sequined dress which sparkled and lit the cave up in the most magical way.
Whether you have never been before or have seen the Capricorn Caves many times, visiting during the Summer Solstice is not to be missed. If you would like to take part in this unique event you can reserve a spot through the link below.
Make sure you book the 11am tour as this is the only tour you will see the Summer Solstice on (whether pending)