Ghosts to dragon’s head, it’s worth a look

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TIM the Yowie Man has seen some of the most re­mote des­ti­na­tions in the world in his quest to un­tan­gle su­per­nat­u­ral oc­cur­rences. Here are his five must-see strange Aussie places that are open to any­one to visit.

“I use the mys­tery or strange phe­nom­ena as a hook to visit that place, and it’s more of­ten than not the more spec­tac­u­lar places in the world,” he said.

◗ MIN MIN LIGHTS AT BOU­LIA: “The Min Min lights pop up in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Aus­tralia, and in Queens­land it’s around Bou­lia,” Tim said.

“You have these mys­tery lights that come and go so just be­ing out there and trans­fixed try­ing to see these strange lights in the mid­dle of a beau­ti­ful desert is def­i­nitely one (must-see).” Read more: nationalgeographic.com.au and search “Min Min lights”.

◗ TAS­MA­NIA’S NORTH-WEST: Tim said the Tas­ma­nian tiger, thought to be ex­tinct since 1936, was the num­ber one mys­te­ri­ous an­i­mal world­wide.

“Could it still be out there? Is it still roam­ing the bush? And if it is, one of the lo­ca­tions it may well still be is the wilder­ness of north-west Tas­ma­nia,” he said. Read more: parks.tas.gov.au and search “Tas­ma­nian tiger”.

◗ RED CEN­TRE AND ULURU: “I feel a sense of place there my­self,” Tim said.

“That’s an­other cursed one.

“Peo­ple who have sou­venired lit­tle peb­bles from Uluru and taken them home to all around the world, they’ve been sub­jected to bad luck.

“The park ser­vice has re­ceived thou­sands of rocks back in the post, some­times at mas­sive ex­pense be­cause rocks are quite heavy.

“Tourists have re­turned them with notes say­ing ‘I’m re­ally sorry I’ve taken this, this doesn’t be­long where I am, it be­longs in its spir­i­tual home, please re­turn the rock’.”

◗ CHRIST­MAS IS­LAND: Tim said the sea cave, The Grotto, on the is­land’s rocky shore­line was an­other must-see.

“When you go in there and the swell’s up, the wa­ter rushes through from the out­side ... and as it comes through it lets out this enor­mous roar.

“Peo­ple who have lived on the is­land for many years call it the dragon’s roar. When you look up there is a rock for­ma­tion, which if you use a bit of imag­i­na­tion looks like a dragon’s head.” Read more: christ­mas.net.au. Im­age credit: Glen Cowans

◗ HAUNTED HOUSE AT BURNIMA: “It’s a 32-room, three-storey man­sion in the mid­dle of ab­so­lutely nowhere,” Tim said.

“One per­son lives there alone. This guy took it over as a wreck about 2002 and he has con­verted it back to its hey­day. He spent a lot of time and ef­fort fur­nish­ing the build­ing as it was in the 1890s. He lives alone there with three ghosts.

“When he moved in he wasn’t into ghosts and he had quite a few ex­pe­ri­ences in the house, which meant he had to change rooms a few times.

“Luck­ily there’s so many rooms in the house so he can move around.” Read more: burnima.com.au.

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◗ LEFT TO RIGHT: One man and three ghosts live at the Burnima Home­stead; Bou­lia is fa­mous for its Min Min lights; and an ex­tinct Tas­ma­nian tiger.

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