Howdy speculativeoptimist, thanks for the kind words, you definitely should come to Australia! It's not all deadly snakes and spiders and jelly fish
and birds and marsupials and.... you get the idea!
I'll try to answer your questions as best I can, my answers won't be as outlandish as some above, the natural stargates is a goodun, where are they
What mysteries intrigue you the most about your Country?
Australia seems to be a bit of a hotbed for secret stuff carried out by the USA and England, not so much these days, although the poms are/were
testing some fancy UAV's at Woomera, as Oz mentioned.
But back in the day, there was a lot of military stuff going on, all over the place.
Nuke tests off the WA coast, British version of the V2 rocket being built and tested.
For something a little more fringe I have heard of a story from a good friend about a spot somewhere near the Great Australian Bite, A family and
their young child parked at a rest stop to take in the view when the child's manner seemed to change.
He wandered off towards the cliff edge, stopped and pointed and said "This is where I died"
Spooky enough in itself but firstly the child could barely speak, yet was able to compose a perfect sentence and secondly, the family later found out
that a child the same age as theirs had fallen off that exact cliff years earlier.
What are some of your folklore?
As has been said, most comes from Aboriginal dream time but there are a few stories that have become part of our folklore such as Ned Kelly, Captain
Cook, the Batavia mutiny, Banjo Patterson should be mentioned too.
Are there any anomalies or phenomenon that no one can really explain?
The lights seen out at Wycliffe Well, I have also heard of other lights/orbs elsewhere seen by a good friend, who I know isn't having a lend.
What are your thoughts/experiences on some of the more mystical aspects of the Aborigine people?
Well I think they're just stories told by people with a vivid imagination, but they do have a connection to the land, not so many these days
though...that's a whole different discussion there!
Do you have a bigfoot legend?
Yup, as mentioned the Yowie is a popular one
Does Australia have any unique customs that can only be found there?
Nothing really unique, although Australia Day is uniquely ours, where one has to have a barbie and play cricket, or at least watch the cricket
Do you have an area 51?
Pine gap, as has been said is popular for that and no it doesn't have 32 levels below ground and there's no UFO base there, or Woomera.
We do have a few interesting places though, like Jindallee, the Echelon base in Geraldton and Harold E. Holt base.
What are your favorite things about Australia?
Too many to list!
The people, the culture, the sport, the wilderness, there are some simply stunning places in the middle of nowhere.
I am hoping one of you guys, and I point out OW and CW because you guys seem pretty sharp and experienced with dealing with strangeness and/or topics
of fascination, will start a thread on Australian lore, mysteries, or something along those lines.
Yes I can do my own research, but I would rather take advantage of my membership here and listen to those that are actually there and "awake."
There probably are a few threads about things discussed so far, I know Pine gap has been discussed quite a bit and I've covered a couple of UFO
sightings from the 60's that were quite intriguing.
I'm also in the progress of writing up a thread about the Batavia mutiny, I might get to it one day.
Anyway hope this helps with your research into Australia.
All the best!
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