The Burdekin is known for its glorious sunshine and visitors taking part in the Burdekin Open Day activities will be able to take a closer look at its source.
The Australian Chapter of the Charlie Bate Solar Astronomy Project will be set up at the Burdekin Theatre for Saturday’s event.
Director Rob Black will have a number of powerful telescopes which will enable people to safely view the sun.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said the solar telescopes were fantastic way to see solar flares and learn about the sun.
“This is just one of the events that will be happening at our Open Day,” he said.
“I would encourage residents from our neighbouring shires to visit the Burdekin this Saturday to see exactly what we have to offer.
“There’ll be sidewalk sales, ten pin bowling, tours of the Burdekin Theatre and Burdekin Library Ayr, shopping, historical displays and from 2pm visitors can view a bit of sugar history at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships in Home Hill.”
Cr Lowis said visitors wanting to sample the region’s shops would be pleasantly surprised.
“The Burdekin is home to a wide variety of boutique fashion outlets, delicious farm produce and friendly people,” he said.
“Townsville Enterprise is organising a bus for our northern neighbours at a cost of $20 for adults and no charge for children.
“This would be a great opportunity for those who are a little hesitant at driving themselves down to our Shire or older Townsville residents – and there’d be plenty of room under the bus to bring home your shopping!”
For more information about the Burdekin Open Day bus tickets from Townsville contact Townsville Enterprise on (07) 4726 2753 or visit www.townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au