Wycliffe Well is little more than a roadhouse and tourist park,
which boasts the largest selection of foreign beers in Australia (over
300). This might also explain why it also has the reputation of being
the UFO capital of Australia. The have been hundreds of recorded
sighting of unidentified flying objects there since World war II.
Location: Wycliffe Well is 130 km south of Tennant Creek and 380 km north of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway.
The town today essentially consists of the Wycliffe Well tourist
park which covers 60 acres of land and includes a recreational lake for
fishing and boating, a bar that has the largest range of beer available
in Australia plus three life-size Alien figures and a large model UFO.
According to the tourist parks brochure, "UFO sightings are so
common, that if you stayed up all night looking, you would be
considered unlucky not to see anything, rather than lucky to see
UFO folklore has it that UFO sightings have occurred in the Well
since World War II. A binder book containing records of UFO sightings
from this era was kept until it was stolen from the tourist parks front
counter some years ago. Sightings from the 90’s have been kept by
the tourist park staff. The local restaurant‘s walls are covered
with newspaper clippings written by UFO skeptics and believers alike.
Wycliffe Well is recognised as one of the top 5 UFO hotspots in the
world and a place diehard UFO spotters claim they can guarantee a
sighting every couple of days.
The reason given is that the sky is said to be full of ley or energy
lines, which act like highways for the UFO’s to travel along. One
of the crossroads or intersections of those highways is directly above
the middle of Australia, which is why there is so much UFO activity
there. Wycliffe Well is one of the flattest places in the region. This
allows a 360 degree view of the night skies and makes it a great
vantage point to see both identified and unidentified objects in the
In an interview by a UFO website, tourist park owner Lou Farcus said
he has operated the Wycliffe Well Roadhouse for over 20 years and
originally had no interest in UFOs until he moved there. He claims that
he has seen so many no longer bothers looking for them and waits for
visitors to report them.
Lou has heard many bizarre theories over the years of what the
UFO’s may be? One in particular is the theory is that the lights
in the sky are Fluorescent birds! “Can you imagine the size of
one of those birds?” He laughs. He also claims there have been
many visitors from the UK and Japan who bring with them sophisticated
equipment. Only after a few days of taking readings they leave.