Go Back Report # 1333



The Gosford Files


UFOs over the NSW Central Coast


by Moira McGhee and Bryan Dickeson


Moira McGhee is a MUFON State Director for New South Wales, Australia, and a member of the Independent Network of UFO Researchers (INUFOR) based in Sydney.


NOTE – The following text has been decreased from the original to include only that which is applicable to water-UFO text. –CF-


     Over the 1995-96 New Year period a series of UFO events occurred on the Central Coast near Gosford, just north of Sydney. People on the Central Coast tend to keep such things very much to themselves and these events were almost missed altogether by UFO investigators in New South Wales….

     Just after midnight, early Sunday 31 December (New Year's Eve), Mary Larkin was relaxing in the back seat of a friend's car. She was grateful for the lift home as there were no buses or taxis around at that time. As they passed The Broadwater, Gosford, she was absent-mindedly looking out the window across the water. When she noticed an unusual "boat" over the water, near the Aquatic Club and Floating Restaurant, she sat up with a start.

     The vessel was brightly lit, hovering about 4 to 5 meters above the water. At first she thought it must be a catamaran, ferry, or hovercraft. Mary watched closely, noting every detail.

     The object was "big, very big," and shaped like "a conventional flying saucer," with sides sloping down to a broader round base. It was metallic, with a polished surface which reflected the light. Bright light — "whitish with an orangey-yellow tint" — surrounded the base of the object. There was "an area of reddish light" shining down onto the water. She could clearly see water spraying up underneath the craft and around it. Without warning, it shot up — away from the lake and hovered; she realised it was too high above the water to be a boat.

     Her friends kept driving and she was unable to see what happened to the strange craft. As soon as she got home, she told her father what she had seen. He later contacted INUFOR with the account and we were able to talk to Mary.

     Back at Gosford Police Station, just after Mary's sighting, the quiet was shattered once more when "dozens" of calls flooded in from worried residents, all describing a similar occurrence.

     "I've experienced nothing like it," one police officer said, "People were woken by an intense humming noise, and were genuinely frightened when they saw a huge cylindrical object hovering over the water. It had a polished, ball-like bottom, and as it hovered over the Lake, its lights shone down onto the water, apparently turning it to steam." [bold print mine -CF]

     Callers also reported a brilliant light which "turned night into day," and shone through their bedroom windows.

     Patrol cars were sent out to investigate, but when the police officers came within 50 meters, the craft seemed to "shut down" and disappear. They returned to the station, only to find more frantic residents calling from another part of Brisbane Water. As soon as they arrived at the new location, the strange object repeated its previous frustrating behavior.

     For the next two hours, all available patrol cars were fully occupied in a futile pursuit of the elusive craft. Gosford, Point Frederick, St. Huberts Island, Woy Woy, Ettalong, Umina — all reported visits from the object.

     "One frightened resident from East Gosford was wakened by a loud humming noise and the sound of dogs howling. Noticing the bright white light outside, he walked down to the lake's edge of Brisbane Water and observed a large metallic disk about 100 meters offshore. He counted five columns of white light underneath shining down to the water. The disc was just above the waterline and water was splashing up around the edge, but he could not tell if it was actually taking water on board. He sped back to his house and rang the Police in sheer terror.

     Other residents described four or five cylinders of bright white light shining down from the craft that seemed to penetrate the water rather than just reflect off it. Most had been woken by the loud humming noise. Some described the noise as being "like a thousand bees," while others likened it to a deep "sonic throb." All mentioned the frothing foam or water splashing back down onto the lake surface.

     It seemed that every time car headlights got close, the craft would turn off its own lights and shoot up into the air and out of sight. One officer reported that it didn't fly away in a straight line — "It was as if you had a torch beam and whipped it around.”

Copyright 1996 by Moira McGhee and Bryan Dickeson


Reference for the above text is: MUFON UFO Journal, #345, January 1997, pp. 10, 12-13. 

UFOCAT PRN – 151442 [DOS: 12-30-1995] 
UFOCAT URN – 151442 Oz Files by Bill Chalker, p. 207, © 1996           
UFOCAT URN – 170320 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 17544, © 2002        
     UFOCAT note: Huge cigar-shaped object hovers over ocean. Beams of light down into ocean caused sea water to boil/roil.           

UFOCAT PRN – 216644 [DOS: 12-30-1995] 
UFOCAT URN – 216644 Chronology by Francis L. Ridge           
     UFOCAT note: Nautical UFO. Huge cigar-shaped object hovered over ocean off Gosford. Beams of light came down into the water, causing sea to roil.      

Australia - New South Wales

Broadwater   The Broadwater could refer to a stream, lake, lagoon, or bay. All are close to the town of Gosford. The Broadwater is a part of the larger Brisbane Water.

Gosford                 Latitude 33-26-00 S, Longitude 151-21-00 E (D-M-S)  [populated place]

Sydney                  Latitude 33-53-00 S, Longitude 151-13-00 E [seat of first-order admin. div.]

the Lake                Now I assume this is referring to The Broadwater (CF).

The Broadwater     Latitude 32-34-00 S, Longitude 152-12-00 E [lagoon]

Brisbane Water      Latitude 33-28-00 S, Longitude 151-20-00 E [bay]

Point Frederick       Latitude 33-27-00 S, Longitude 151-21-00 E [point]

St. Huberts Island  Latitude 33-30-00 S, Longitude 151-21-00 E [island]

Woy Woy              Latitude 33-30-00 S, Longitude 151-20-00 E [populated place]

Ettalong                Latitude 33-31-00 S, Longitude 151-21-00 E [populated place]

Umina                   Latitude 33-32-00 S, Longitude 151-18-30 E [populated place]

East Gosford         Latitude 33-26-00 S, Longitude 151-21-00 E

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/


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