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A Typical Night In Australia's UFO Capital

From: Sheryl Gottschall <gottscha.nul>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2007 07:32:14 +1000
Archived: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 06:15:36 -0500
Subject: A Typical Night In Australia's UFO Capital

Source: Google News


November 4, 2007

Lights, Beings, Beams: Just A Typical Night In Australia's UFO

WYCLIFFE WELL, Australia (AFP) -- On a desert highway in
Australia's flat, dry centre is a petrol station by a watering
hole where extraterrestrials have been stopping off for
millennia, or so witnesses say.

If truck drivers or passing tourists find themselves nodding off
on the long drive between Alice Springs and Darwin, a pitstop at
Australia?s self-proclaimed UFO capital might just revive them.

While filling up the tank or their stomachs at Wycliffe Well's
roadhouse, they might notice little green men holding out their
hands or staring out at them from nearby walls.

That may be no cause for concern because these are probably just
statues and paintings put there for the visitors' benefit. But
according to locals the real thing is so common around here that
people hardly even blink when they see them.

Lights in the sky, blue domed discs, silvery beings - it is all
common stuff in Wyclifffe Well, say locals, who see a secret
connection with Australia's nearby spy facility of Pine Gap.

Sceptics, on the other hand, say the large number of sightings
may rather reflect the high levels of alcohol consumption, for
which Australia's Northern Territory is famous.

"When I came down here it was just a common occurrence. It was
just one of those things. Even the previous owner just mentioned
it to me in passing," said Lew Farkas, who has run the Wycliffe
Well roadhouse and caravan park for 23 years and claims around
half a dozen sightings of his own.

This tiny dot on the map, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of
Alice Springs, surrounded by scrubland, now attracts
international visits from 'experts', occasional UFO conventions
and constant local media coverage of the unusual sightings in
the vicinity.

"It is recognised throughout the world UFO industry," said

Suggestions that the sightings could be caused by such normal
phenomena as birds and aircraft landing lights are promptly
dismissed by the UFO watchers.

"You take that with a pinch of salt. It's a lot of rubbish,"
said Farkas.

It?s a quiet life for Farkas providing food and petrol for the
dozens of cars that drive past daily on the monotonous drive up
the Stuart Highway punctuated only by flat scrub, termite mounds
and the occasional dead kangaroo or wandering emu.

But the night time visitations are more than enough to liven
things up, he says, describing the most memorable of his own

There were lights doing manoeuvres in the sky, little ones
dancing around the big ones, doing figures of eight, he said.

Farkas, 59, was a physical training instructor in the Australian
navy before he took over the roadhouse and says this sighting
reminded him of manoeuvres around an aircraft carrier.

"That is how we used to do exercises, in exactly the same way.
It looked exactly the same as we used to do at sea," he said.

"Over the years I have had quite a few sightings, mainly lights.
I have had a close up encounter where I have actually seen the
portholes - just like you read in the comic books of the past."

According to Farkas, Wycliffe Well is one of only four or five
places in the world where there are constant sightings of
extraterrestrials and UFOs, probably the most famous being the
Nevada Desert in the United States.

The remoteness of the Australian outback has made it harder for
people to become aware of Wycliffe Well, but it seems the news
is slowly spreading.

It was truck drivers who in modern times first noticed the
unusual goings on, during World War II, when the waterhole gave
rise to market gardens that fed the war effort against the
Japanese up north in Darwin. Their stories were mainly of
strange lights in the sky.

But local Aboriginals also report that extraterrestrials have
been visiting the area for thousands of years, hanging out
around some of the area's stunning rock formations, such as the
Devil's Marbles, a sandstone formation just to the north along
the Stuart Highway.

Recently, a group of Aboriginal women in a local community
reported their own close encounter. They were sitting around
playing cards when a big beam of light appeared.

UFOs apparently also land in the nearby Tanami desert, according
to the believers. "There is no airport so they have got to land
somewhere," said Farkas.

It used to be easy to tell when there was UFO activity, he said.
The electronic banking and telephone lines would go out. But
with a change to fibre optic technology that problem has

Farkas dismisses claims that he might want to drum up interest
in UFOs to boost business at his roadhouse, saying he has plenty
of business from the constant stream of motorists passing by.

Barry Williams, editor of Australia's quarterly journal The
Skeptic which attempts to debunk all kinds of suspect science,
has other explanations for the sightings.

Many could be of the planet Venus, others would be aircraft
landing lights, he says.

"We are not sceptical of people sighting things. We are
sceptical of some of the conclusions they come to from what they
have seen. They don't stand up to any crucial thinking at all,"
he told AFP.

The Northern Territory in general has the reputation of having a
large number of sightings of UFOs, he said, which he suggests
might be connected with the local drinking habits.

"I don't know whether this is in any way connected with the fact
that the Northern Territory has the biggest beer consumption of
anywhere on earth," he said.

Researcher Keith Douglass, who works as a cleaner at Alice
Springs hospital but follows UFOs on the side, says he has been
up to Wycliffe Well about half a dozen times but has never seen

Nevertheless, he has heard lots of tales, for example of an
Aboriginal woman who was chased by a UFO.

"It is a flat disc with a blue dome. It has been sighted around
Alice Springs a couple of times. It chased this lady into town.
She saw it again up at Wycliffe Well," he said.

"Wycliffe Well - that's been going for years."

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