Sightings

Since the founding of the nation, there have always been sightings of unusual phenomena in the sky. Many can be identified as meteorological phenomena (eg sun dogs; partial rainbows); astronomical phenomena (eg planets, stars); man-made objects (eg satellites; aircraft; light houses); and numerous other things.

The following sightings have been drawn from one of the catalogues in the ‘catalogue’ tab of this website. They reflect a typical cross-section of some of the more interesting reports.

November 1862 Morpeth, New South Wales – a meteor?

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/a-meteor-morpeth-new-south-wales.html

1868 Sydney, New South Wales – the Frederick Birmingham story

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/

1893 Central Western Australia – an ‘escaped balloon’ flies over

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/a-supposed-escaped-balloon-over-central.html

September 17 1900 Alpha, Queensland – an ‘extraordinary phenomenon’

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/extraordinary-phenomenon-alpha.html

March 31 1907 Cairns, Queensland – an ‘Easter Venus’?

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/31-march-1907-cairns-queensland.html

October 25 1910 Minderoo Station, Western Australia – a ‘balloon’ crosses the sky

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/cold-case-minderoo-station-25-oct-1910.html

January 6 1923 Tasmania – an unknown spherical body

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/unknown-spherical-body-tasmania-6.html

1927 Fernvale, New South Wales – sightings, a landing and mystery creatures

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/

1931 Berrigal Creek, New South Wales – ‘disk-like object’ seen

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/disk-like-object-berrigal-creek-new.html

June 18 1933 Taree, New South Wales – A seven minute meteor?

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/a-seven-minute-meteor-taree-nsw-18-june.html

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/solved-7-minute-meteor-taree-new-south.html

October 10 1935 Newcastle, New South Wales – Australia’s earliest UFO photograph?

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/

October 19 1938 Manjimup, Western Australia Strange object in the sky

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/a-meteor-morpeth-new-south-wales.html

1942 Bass Strait – pilot sees airfoil dive into sea

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/amazing-1942-bass-strait-aircraft.html

February 26 1942 Timor Sea, North of Australia – sailor on warship sees flying disc

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/cold-case-26-february-1942-australia.html

February 1944 Bass Strait – bomber encounters UFO

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/cold-case-bass-strait-1944.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/february-1944-aircraft-encounter.html

July 6 1945 Cairns, Queensland – RAAF meteorologists fail to recognise Venus!

http://magoniadownunder.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/solved-7-minute-meteor-taree-new-south.html

February 5 1947 Port Augusta, South Australia – Five ‘flying eggs’ cross the sky

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/cold-case-port-augusta-5-february-1947.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/port-augusta-south-australia-flying.html

May 1947 Leeton, New South Wales – five metal bodies pass by in daylight

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/newly-discovered-australian-report-from.html

June 1947 Shepparton, Victoria – ‘alien spacecraft’ reported

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/newly-discovered-australian-report-from.html

1950 Redfern, NSW – an object in the sky

http://www.nicap.org/50XXXXaustralia_dir.htm

October 26 1951 Australia

http://www.nicap.org/511026australia_dir.htm

May 3 1952 Sydney – could it have been a bright meteor?

http://www.nicap.org/520503australia_dir.htm

August 23 1953 Port Moresby – a classic Australian case with movie film

http://www.auforn.com/Bill_Chalker_4.htm

http://www.auforn.com/Bill_Chalker_5.htm

http://www.nicap.org/530823australia_dir.htm

1954 Alice Springs, Northern Territory – man nearly knocked off horse by UFO

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/alice-springs-1954-encounter.html

January 1954 Mt Gillen, Alice Springs, NT – an early photograph – was it a hoax?

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/cold-case-mount-gillen-photograph-alice.html

January 1 1954 Melbourne

http://www.nicap.org/540101australia_dir.htm

January 10 1954 Morgan, South Australia – aircrew reports sky object

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/10/cold-case-investigation-10-january-1954.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/10/cold-case-investigation-further.html

April 1954 Eucla, Western Australia – men photograph ‘flying saucer’

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/cold-case-april-1954-westernsouth.html

August 31 1954 Goulburn, New South Wales – Navy pilot encounters two unknowns

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/facts-matter-1954-goulburn-radarvisual.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/facts-matter-1954-goulburn-radarvisual_28.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/cold-case-review-31-august-1954-sea.html

http://www.auforn.com/Bill_Chalker_30.htm

October 1954 Queensland – an early entity case

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/cold-case-investigation-north.html

January 8 1959 Hobart, Tasmania – strange series of sightings

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/a-strange-series-of-sightings-hobart.html

June 26 & 27 1959 Boianai, Papua New Guinea – mass sighting of UFOs and ‘men’

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2007/08/

October 4 1960 Cressy, Tasmania – clergyman sight cigar and discs

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/the-cressy-tasmanian-sighting-1960.html

1962 Port Moresby – family sees UFO

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/family-sights-object-port-moresby-1962.html

January 13 1962 Coogee, New South Wales – a hovering balloon?

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/cold-case-investigation-coogee-nsw-13.html

February 15 1963 Willow Grove, Victoria – a classic ‘flying saucer’ – could it have been a Gustado?

http://www.nicap.org/630215tasmania_dir.htm

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/cold-case-review-moe-victoria-raaf.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/cold-case-review-moe-victoria-vfsrs.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/cold-case-review-moe-victoria-mcdonald.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/cold-case-review-moe-victoria-my.html

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/

February 19 1964 Plympton, South Australia – an entity on the ground

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/plympton-south-australia-entity-case-of.html

June 5 1964 Woomera, South Australia – object photographed near rocket

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/1964-woomera-ufo-movie-solved-cold-case.html

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/

January 13 1965 Between Australia and New Zealand – QANTAS aircrew report multiple objects 

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/cold-case-13-jan-1965-qantas-aircrew.html

May 24 1965 Eton Ridge, Queensland – three men report encounter and take photos

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/cold-case-investigation-eton-ridge.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/did-raaf-investigate-24-may-1965-eton.html

May 28 1965 Bougainville Reef, off Queensland – aircraft pilot photographs a UFO

http://www.nicap.org/650528nqueensland_dir.htm

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/bougainville-reef-28-may-1965-cold-case.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/bougainville-reef-28-may-1965-cold-case_5.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/follow-up-research-on-28-may-1965.html

July 15 1965 Canberra, ACT – Air traffic controllers see daylight object

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/cold-case-canberra-australia-15-july.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/cold-case-canberra-1965-new-information.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/canberra-15-july-1965-two-additional.html

July 19 1965 Vaucluse Beach, Sydney – a close encounter on the beach

http://www.nicap.org/650719vaucluse_dir.htm

July 27 1965 Carnarvon, Western Australia – object ‘swoops’ on car

http://www.nicap.org/650727carnarvan_dir.htm

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/uap-dives-at-car-27-july-1965-carnarvon.html

January 19 1966 Tully, Queensland – the famous ‘flying saucer’ nest

https://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/the-1966-tully-flying-saucer-nest.html

http://www.auforn.com/Bill_Chalker_13.htm

January 24 1966 Perth, Western Australia – series of photographs taken

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/perth-photographs-january-1966.html

April 4 1966 Bourkes Flat, Victoria – car’s headlights veer close by UFO

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/

http://www.nicap.org/660404australia-dir.htm

April 6 1966 Westall High School, Clayton, Victoria – mass sighting of an object

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2009/01/

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/

March 5 1967 Hallam, Victoria – young man takes several photos of flying saucer

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/the-coyle-photographs-hallam-victoria-5.html

October 1967 Brisbane, Queensland – photographs of flying saucer, a hoax?

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/the-october-1967-brisbane-queensland.html

October 30 1967 Boyup Brook, Western Australia – UFO stops a car

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/cold-case-investigation-boyup-brook-wa.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/police-report-on-boyup-brook-encounter.html

November 16 1967 Yerecoin, Western Australia – very close encounter with object near ground

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/cold-case-investigation-yerecoin-wa-15.html

April 24 1968 Heyfield, Victoria – could this UFO have been the Moon?

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/cold-case-investigation-heyfield.html

August 2 1968 Wittenoom, Western Australia – a meteor reported?

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/cold-case-investigation-wittenoom.html

August 22 1968 Zanthus, Western Australia – a formation of objects seen from an aircraft

http://www.nicap.org/680822australia_dir.htm

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/cold-case-zanthus-22-august-1968-part_13.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/cold-case-zanthus-22-august-1968-part_7262.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/cold-case-zanthus-22-august-1968-part_2303.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/one-of-witnesses-to-22-aug-1968-zanthus.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/zanthus-paranormal-connection.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/zanthus-sighting-newspaper-article.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/comments-on-zanthus-case-from-martin.html

June 1 1970 Zanci Station, New South Wales – diamond shape at close range

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/cold-case-zanci-station-1-jun-1970.html

November 1970 Binalong Bay, Tasmania – Australian Navy investigates UFO report

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/navy-looks-into-ufo-story.html

July 1972 Frankston, Victoria – multiple encounters with an unknown

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/cold-case-investigation-frankston-vic.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/cold-case-investigation-frankston-vic_4.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/cold-case-investigation-frankston-vic_880.html

October 25 1973 North West Cape, Western Australia – a spectacular observation from the ‘secret’ US Navy base

http://www.nicap.org/731025australia_dir.htm

September 16 1974 St Helens, Tasmania – bizarre nocturnal encounter

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/a-detailed-look-at-1974-st-helens.html

May 26 1977 Orange, New South Wales – close encounter with traces

http://www.nicap.org/anreact/ar-770526.htm

October 21 1978 Bass Strait – the disappearance of Frederick Valentich

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2008/10/

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/

1979 Butterworth, Malaysia – RAAF member photos object

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/cold-case-investigation-butterworth-2.html

September 30 1980 Rosedale, Victoria- close encounter with traces

http://www.auforn.com/Bill_Chalker_12.htm

http://www.nicap.org/ar-800930dir.htm

Late 1980’s Jam Jerrup, Victoria – Abduction?

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/three-more-vehicular-close-encounters.html

July 23 1992 Sydney, New South Wales – Peter Khoury – the ‘alien hair’

http://aliendnaparadigm.blogspot.com.au/

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/

1992/1993 Exmouth Naval base, Western Australia – an extraordinary close encounter and official aftermath

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/an-extraordinary-close-encounter-near.html

January 1993 Mansfield, Victoria – cylindrical object passes over car

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/project-newsprint-queensland-commences.html

August 8 1993 Belgrave, Victoria – the Kelly Cahill case

http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case187.htm

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/

Autumn 1994 Korumburra, Victoria – missing time?

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/four-complex-victorian-vehicular-close.html

1997 Congulla, Victoria – lights blind man in car

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/three-more-vehicular-close-encounters.html

October 4 2001 Gundiah, Queensland – the Amy Rylance abduction hoax

http://www.auforn.com/Gundiah_page3.html

2003-2004 Paradise Beach, Victoria – light approaches a car in daylight

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/three-more-vehicular-close-encounters.html

January 7 2007 Baulkham Hills, News South Wales- digital image

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2007/02/

February 29 2008 Coogee, New South Wales – sphere with entity

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2007/08/

June 2012 Broome, Western Australia – daylight video of unusual object

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/intriguing-report-from-broome-western.html

Early to mid december 2013 Mildura, Victoria – two unusual objects pass over

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/two-unusual-objects-pass-over-mildura.html

2014-2015 Kairi, Queensland – ‘drone-like’ object seen nightly

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/preliminary-investigation-report-kairi.html

March 19 2014 Perth, Western Australia – near collision between aircraft and unknown

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/full-report-near-collision-unknown.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/near-collison-between-australian.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/perth-near-collision-radar-replay_7.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/near-collision-2014-unknown-object.html

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/perth-near-miss-with-unknown-2014.html

May 4 2015 Goulburn, New South Wales – a fall of ‘angel hair’ or spiders’ web?

http://theozfiles.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/

May 11 2015 Blue Haven, New South Wales – object seen could have been helicopter

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/investigation-report-blue-haven-nsw-11.html

May 29 2015 Townsville, Queensland – lights circling around the clouds

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/investigation-report-townsville_7.html

June 12 2015 Oakey, Queensland – two photographs of strange object

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/investigation-report-oakey-queensland.html

July 10 2015 Chinderah, New South Wales – lights near several cars

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/investigation-report-chinderah-new.html

August 23 2015 Point Cook, Victoria – daylight object

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/preliminary-investigation-report-point.html

September 17 2015 Cairns, Queensland – lights in the sky

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/report-from-cairns-queensland-17.html

September 21 2015 Armidale, New South Wales – more lights in the sky

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/preliminary-investigation-report.html

September 27 2015 Adelaide, South Australia – a possible hot air garbage bag balloon

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/preliminary-investigation-report.html

February 4 2016  Collarenebri, New South Wales – boomerang shaped object seen

http://ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/boomerang-shaped-object-4-february-2016.html

OTHER SOURCES OF AUSTRALIAN SIGHTINGS

1. The Australian UFO Research network website contains hundreds of Australian reports between the 1800’s and 2012

http://www.auforn.com/

2. The website of UFO Research New South Wales Incorporated has dozens of Australian reports dated between 1958 and 2017 and maintains an ongoing listing.

http://www.ufor.asn.au/sightings/

3. The UFO Research Queensland website also has a large number of sightings

http://uforq.asn.au/sightings/

 

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