An island resident off Queensland's Gulf Country has described this morning's partial eclipse as a spectacular ring of fire.

Tex Battle from Sweers Island says the moon sat directly in front of the sun for only a few minutes about 8:30am (AEST).

He says the temperature also dropped and the sky darkened during the eclipse.

"It was quite spectacular - there was a ring of fire right around the outside - quite a bit larger then we expected," he said.

"The moon didn't cover the whole face of the sun by any means and although the sky darkened a little, it didn't go really dark like in a total eclipse.

"It was very spectacular."

Mr Battle says tourism authorities in Queensland should have done more to promote today's partial solar eclipse.

He says there is around 15 people on the island, but more could have come if there was greater awareness of the phenomenon.

"There was a total eclipse in Cairns back in November - it was promoted so well that 60,000 people came to Cairns,' he said.

"[But] there wouldn't have been six [who came] to the Gulf Country to see the eclipse."


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