The Kelly Cahill
Rumours of underground tunnels and military facilities in Australia
Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper reported on November 3, 2002 that Melbourne could be sitting on a network of military tunnels, part of a system stretching to Townsville.
But it's what they contain that is exciting researchers, Chris Tinkler wrote.
A similar report appeared in the same paper on June 22, 2001, suggesting the existence of tunnels and nuclear safe-havens below Canberra.
Sealed beneath a car-park in Canberra's parliamentary circle lies an abandoned relic of the Cold War.
For more than twenty years a vast network of tunnels and rooms served as a secure communications centre for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ASIS, Australia's overseas spying centre.
Once a hive of activity humming with cable traffic from diplomatic posts around the world the complex now stands dark and empty.
Rumors about it , and tunnels linking it to old Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffen have long existed in Canberrean folklore.
The steel sheathed bomb-proof bunker is open to the public.
The tunnels were built in the early 1950's to link old Parliament House, which offered next to no protection from a nuclear bomb, to the safer communications centre.
Parliamentarians would take refuge there during an attack before making their exit near Lake Burley Griffen. DFAT and ASIS moved out in 1996.
The underground office complex was furnished in 1970's decor and fitted out with the help of psychologists to combat sensory deprivation.
Belconnen: A Secret NATO Base in Australia?
A secret underground base is said to be located below Belconnen, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Near Canberra, the base became known as "the Sheep Paddock" and is said to be located beneath an actual pasture in the Great Dividing Range.
Within the field are several antennae arrays and a small cinderblock security building that houses the elevator to the underground command post.
"There are at least three stories underground,"
one source said. "On the third level, staff members
man computer terminals."
Exploring south of there one day, two young men came across a hole in one of the limestone cliffs. Realising it went deep into the cliff side, they went back to their farmhouse for rags and oil with which to make torches.
Lighting these upon their return, they entered a hole which they found sloped down into a large chamber from which another larger hole led off into another chamber, then another and another...
They made a large fire on the cave floor.
The flames mounted gradually to reveal the full extent of the cavern -- some 200 feet across, rising well over that in height, with a great many formations dripping from the sloping walls.