Location: Nowra, Australia
C was driving along the South Coast of NSW with four other
people, when the group encountered a UFO which began to
travel alongside the car. The object was large, disc-shaped,
and there appeared to be a distinct 'searchlight' beam
effect that rotated around its bottom. At least one of
the witnesses was certain that figures could be seen in
the windows of the object. After following the car for
24 km, the object seemed to suddenly relocate and headed
out to sea.
Drawing of Nowra UFO based on witness' sketch. (credit:
Bill Chalker, (1996)
EXTRAORDINARY AFFAIR NEAR NOWRA
C and her family regularly took their Christmas holidays
on the South Coast of New South Wales. One evening, Elizabeth
was driving an old Valiant car carrying four other people.
The encounter occurred in early January of 1973 just as
the group passed the turnoff to Sussex Inlet. Elizabeth
drew the attention of the others to the presence of a
light ahead. To Elizabeth, it looked like the light from
an approaching semi-trailer. Then it seemed to move to
her left and approached the car like an aircraft passing
by. It was then that events took an extraordinary turn.
The object, perceived as a bright light, appeared to reverse
direction and began to travel alongside the car. This
represented a 180-degree change in direction for the UFO.
At this point, the object appeared to be very large, at
ground level and quite close. It maintained a parallel
course with them for approximately the next 24 kilometres.
described the object as large, with red lights under portholes.
The red lights looked like a thin ribbon of light. Elizabeth
said the night was very dark. At that point, the UFO was
apparent as a large disc-shaped object with possible 'window'
features along its length. There appeared to be a distinct
'searchlight' beam effect that rotated around the
bottom of the object. At least one of the witnesses, an
army officer, who was in the best position to see the
extraordinary display, was certain that figures could
be seen in the windows of the object.
a point near the turnoff to HMAS Albatross Naval Base,
the object seemed to suddenly vanish. It appeared to have
instantly relocated to a high altitude and moved in a
large arc around Nowra and then headed out to sea, where
it was lost to sight.
that morning, one of the group saw something decidedly
odd at their campsite at Shoalhaven Heads. A large number
of holidaying campers were gathered at the ocean edge.
They saw a number of helicopters passing low over the
campsite, heading out to sea. The helicopters were flying
over a fiery mass in the water. Yet the Navy later said
it knew nothing of this incident. Because of their earlier
experience and the campsite events, three members of the
group, including Elizabeth, went to HMAS Albatross to
report their experience. They feared a light-hearted or
even an unwelcome reception; instead, the group was the
subject of a high level and detailed interview. They were
told that the UFO had had numerous witnesses, and that
the base radar had been affected by the UFO during the
incident. The army officer in the group said that after
he had returned to his unit, he was interviewed about
the South Coast experience by intelligence officers.
later interviewed Elizabeth C and the army officer who
was with her, and found them to be impressive and compelling
witnesses. There seems little doubt that something extraordinary
happened, but no official confirmation has been made.
I contacted the Navy, which denied all knowledge of the