Pine Gap, Australia
Road signs warn the curious to turn around, whilst regular police patrols stop those threatening to get too close. Beyond those with the required clearance, few have ever seen Pine Gap, a remote US satellite surveillance base in the Northern Territory. Places do not get more secretive or secure than this.
Housing a huge computer complex and controlled by various US agencies, including the CIA, NRO and NSA, Pine Gap is a site of great strategic significance, from where spy satellites — believed to be monitoring China, Russia and the Middle East — are operated.
There are thought to be between 800 and 1,000 staff based here, around 20km from Alice Springs, but those personnel apart, no-one else can get near. Thinking about trying to sneak a closer look? They’ll know that you’re coming, and will be sure to stop you in your tracks and send you on your way.