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Strange lands: Earth mysteries down under

For those early settlers, the Australian landscape, fauna and flora most certainly appeared unwelcoming, unforgiving and even alien. Along with having to contend with the rugged, inhospitable Australian bush, severe droughts and flooding rains, there were also those strange beasts … like the wild hairy man, Jerrawerra, bunyip and fearsome big cats. But apart from…

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Bunyip of Thargomindah: Mystery animal caught in a media circus

On 2 August 1941, the Courier Mail broke the news that for several months, a mysterious creature had been sighted lurking in Lake Dynevor, just outside Thargomindah, a small outback Queensland town located 1,100 kilometres west of Brisbane. News of the Thargomindah Bunyip quickly spread and soon newspapers across the east coast were updating readers…

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The Great Serpent of the Mallee Scrub

Throughout 1847, the elusive aquatic monster known as the Bunyip was causing somewhat of a sensation across Australia. It all began when famed Australian explorer William Hovell, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 February 1847, announced that a Bunyip skull had apparently been discovered by a Mr Fletcher along the banks of the…

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Mystery big cats roaming 1930s Gippsland district

During the 1930s in Victoria’s Gippsland district, mystery beasts of the feline kind were said to be slinking and stalking through the thick undergrowth. Experienced bushmen were left shaking in their boots, kids were kept home from school by worried mothers, brave dogs bolted with their tails between their legs, and farmers were unwilling to…

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