Sunday, 3 August 2008

Wycliffe Well UFO Hotspot in Northern Territory, Australia

The cynical amongst us may question why, if super-intelligent beings from another planet were to come to earth in order to check out what humans are up to, they would choose a tiny roadhouse in the middle of the desert as their main point of reference.
Perhaps try a big city chaps – you’ll probably get a much better idea of things there. Watch all the films – those aliens have got the right idea. Smash up a few icons and pulverize a couple of famous suburbs, and we’ll soon know who’s boss.
However, even the most ardent non-believer would have to admit that, over the years, a disturbingly high amount of UFO sightings have been reported from this little outpost on the Stuart Highway.
Whether this is due to people going a little crazy being in the middle of nowhere or the fact that pretty much the only thing to do out this way is to drink copious amounts of alcohol, it’s not absolutely certain. There has to be some explanation though – UFO nuts have rated Wycliffe Well as the fifth biggest sightings hotspot in the world.
To say that the owner of the local roadhouse has leapt on this gimmick with enthusiasm is a categorical understatement. Lou Farkas has turned his modest establishment into a hilariously garish holiday park.
Just in case you weren’t aware that there may be a bit of extra-terrestrial activity, Farkas has plastered his property with alien paraphernalia.
The walls are covered in UFO, planet and night sky murals, whilst there are big plastic green men all over the place.
There’s a decidedly man-made ‘spaceship’ on what passes for a lawn and cautionary road signs warn of potential UFO landings providing a slight hazard. Whether it’s genuinely where aliens are planning to take over the world from, or a stroke of marketing genius, if you’re taking on that long, lonely trip up the middle of Australia, Wycliffe Well’s flying saucer shrine provides a welcome source of light relief.

Getting to Wycliffe Well, Northern Territory, Australia
Wycliffe Well is 375km north of Alice Springs and 135km south of Tennant Creek on the Stuart Highway in Central Australia. If, for some reason, you’d like to spend a bit of time chilling out in the virtually attraction-free holiday park, visit the website.

Nearest International Airport: For international flights, it’s Darwin. For domestic Australian flights, it’s Alice Springs.

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