Location: National Park Road, Canungra, Australia
saw this huge object slowly crusing towards us then past
us at eye level. It was very close, about 200 meters away...
The part that I could see was like the brim of hat with
a row of glowing windows on top of it... It cruised past
at the equivalent pace of a car going 15 to 20 kph. It's
length was longer than a semi-trailer."
"I decided to draw what we had witnessed." --
AUFORN (Australian UFO Research Network), Australia
Park Road Canungra, Qld UFO
AUFORN Report - Phyl and Jim Ahearn - 1982
and Jim Ahearn's sighting at National Park Road, Canungra,
DUSK The sun had just set behind MT Wetheren but its bright
glow was still well above the skyline.
the verandah for our house, situated on the Eastern range
of Canungra Valley. The house is about 300 meters up the
slope from the road. It overlooks Canungra creek and National
Park Road, with a clear view of approximately three or
four kilometers up the valley towards O'Reilly's. Our
house faces Mount Wetheren which forms part of the great
Western Range of Canungra valley. There is only a limited
view looking towards Canungra township because of trees."
was on the verandah when he noticed bright lights coming
down the valley from the direction of O'Reilly's. He watched
the lights slowly approaching, thinking it was a plane,
until he realized there was no sound. He called to me
'Phyl come quick and have a look at this.' The urgency
in his voice made me hurry onto the verandah. From our
elevated position on the slop of the hill, I saw this
huge object slowly cruising towards us, then passed us
at eye level. It was very close, about 200 meters away.
It was eerie, because there was no sound, just this huge
thing gliding past. I had never seen anything like it.
The lower section was well defined but the top was impossible
to see because of the glare; it was blinding. I thought
at the time, that the glow of the setting sun was reflecting
part that I could see was like the brim of a hat with
a row of glowing windows on top of it. The light in the
window was whiter and more brilliant than any fluorescent
light I have ever seen. I cast my eyes along each window
to see if there was any figures visible, but there was
only glare. I thought there was something unusual about
the window; they didn't look right. It cruised past at
the equivalent pace of a car going 15 to 20 kph. Its length
was longer than a semi-trailer. It was moving in the direction
of Canungra Army Camp. It seemed to be following the line
of the Canungra Creek and the power lines and the road,
which are all in close proximity of each other."
it was about to go from our view behind trees, I ran to
ring my son who lived on the same property, but his wife
answered the phone. I told her to 'look out the window,
there's a UFO going past'. She said 'oh! don't put that
rubbish in our heads'. She would have had a clear view
of the 'thing' if only she had looked out the window.
I was going to ring Canungra Police, but I thought "Who
would believe me'."
didn't have a film for our camera, therefore we have no
photo of the object, yet we had plenty of time to take
a photo. For months, I thought about what we had seen,
so in the end, I decided to draw what we had witnessed.
I could draw the 'brim' and the glare section quite easy.
When it came to draw the window section, I was stumped;
I couldn't work out what was so unusual about them, and
why I couldn't draw them. It wasn't until I saw an article
on UFO's in the Sunday mail dated 11 August, 1996, did
I realize what was unusual about the windows. They were
not in a straight line like we are used to seeing on a
train or a plane. I had never seen circular windows before.
I often wonder if anyone else saw the object that evening,
but like me, didn't report it. END