Australia’s Most Puzzling Unsolved Paranormal Mysteries!

DID you know Australia has a list of paranormal mysteries long enough to warrant a visit from Sam and Dean Winchester?

From our very own Roswell to oil with healing powers weeping from the walls of a Sydney home, the land down under has a number of unsolved mysteries.

While sceptics are quick to dismiss these claims, there are a number of Aussies who believe the truth is out there.
In order to let you decided for yourself, we have pulled together a list of Australia’s most famous paranormal mysteries.


It’s a 50-year-old mystery that has left the Melbourne suburb of Clayton South (sometimes known as Westall) divided, with witnesses wanting answers.

At 11.00am on April 6, 1966, students and teachers from Westall High School and Westall State School, and members of the public reported witnessed Australia’s largest mass UFO sighting.

Witnesses claim three metallic objects manoeuvred silently through the sky, before landing in a paddock and then quickly flying away — leaving large circles of flattened grass with well-defined, discoloured edges behind.

In the hours following the incident, children as young as seven were confronted by men in sharp black suits and warned against talking, as emergency services and military swarmed the area.

Adding to the mystery, the film canister containing the footage aired on the Nine News 6.00pm bulletin on the night of the incident has since been found empty in the station archives.

Joy Clarke was 12 and a half at the time and vividly remembers the events that occurred that day.

“My personal belief is they weren’t of this world. They were definitely from somewhere else because I have never seen anything like it all,” she told

“The army had arrived and the police were there. We were told we were hysterical and it didn’t happen, while men in black interviewed some of the other kids.”

Although federal and state government agencies refused to comment about the incident at the time, documents unearthed in 2014 offer an explanation for the sighting.

The government documents revealed a secret radiation-testing project known as the HIBAL program — which monitored atmospheric radiation levels using large silver balloons equipped with sensors — as the most likely culprit.

However, the paperwork for the launches scheduled for the day before the Westall incident have since been lost or destroyed.

The landing site has since been turned into a memorial park to reflect the 1966 Westall UFO Incident, although the case remains unsolved.


More than a decade ago, a house in Western Sydney was drawn into the international spotlight after claims it had mysterious oil with healing powers weeping from its walls.

As the oil first appeared 40 days after 17-year-old Mike Tannous was tragically killed in a car crash 200m from the family home in September, 2006, his parents George and Lina believe the oil is his spirit.

According to Mr Tannous, the oil was first found in their deceased son’s room and has spread to new areas of the house.

Apparently, Mike has twice written his birthdate, his name and also drawn a large number of religious symbols.

The family claim Mike was “hand-picked by God” and was responsible for a number of marvels, such as helping a woman told by doctors she would be unable to have another baby.

After coming to the house to pray, she returned to the house one month later with a box of chocolates, exclaiming she had fallen pregnant.

“Mike is a messenger between us and God. He has healed so many people,” Mrs Tannous said.

Despite a number of believers, a Yahoo Answers thread has been dedicated to refute claims made by the family.

“Walls weep because materials under/on the paint, in the ceiling, but most of all in the air either leak through or are caught up in condensing steam from a shower,” wrote one user.

“Seems to me that if God wanted to manifest himself to us on Earth it wouldn’t be by pouring 10W-40 Castrol on the walls of a house in Australia,” wrote another.

While many sceptics might question the claims, Archbishop Paul Saliba from the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese strongly believed this was the Lord’s work.

“I’ve been there many times and we cannot pinpoint exactly what’s happening. It is miraculous,” he told News Corp.

“Our church policy is that people have to look and see for themselves and make up their own minds and this takes time.”

There has been extensive testing on the mystery oil, but no explanation has been given of its source.

All that has been discovered is that the oil contains water, gold and a safe level of uranium.


Everyone has heard of the Loch Ness, but did you know Australiamight be home to its own monster of the deep?

Aptly dubbed the Hawkesbury River Monster, the mysterious sea creature is obviously said to reside about 50 kilometres northwest of the Sydney.

In 2009, Cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy claims he saw the 12m giant surface in the Hawkesbury River.

The dubious account saw Mr Gilroy explaining he spotted a dark shadow “with a longish neck’’ near Wiseman’s Ferry.

Having been searching for the beast since 1965, Mr Gilroy said he believed it was a plesiosaur from the Jurassic period.

“We’d have to have a breeding population of no less than 300 to 600,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“We’re dealing with ocean creatures coming into the river to breed. There are areas of ocean … anything could live down there and you wouldn’t know it.’’

After first hearing about the monster, Mr Gilroy began digging and found accounts dating back to pre-colonial times, which told tales of children being attacked by the “moolyewonk’’.

Another account from the 1980s told of fishing boats being found overturned and the occupants missing, with the Hawkesbury Monster was the prime suspect.

Mr Gilroy added that Aboriginal legends placing similar creatures in the area only helped prove its existence.
“We have rock art depicting them. It seems the Aboriginal people knew of these creatures,” he said.

Sightings of a Loch Ness-like monster have more recently surfaced at Magnetic Island in North Queensland.

After a strange, monster-like object suddenly appeared out of waters off Picnic Bay, visitors and locals were left scratching their heads.

Magnetic Island resident David “Crusty” Herron captured the sighting on camera.

“I looked out and saw this thing in the water and thought ‘s—, it’s a Loch Ness monster’,” he told the Townsville Bulletin.

“There was this feeling of excitement on the beach, and all these people were pointing and talking about what it could be.

“Someone said it looked like the Loch Ness monster, and said maybe Scotland had been too cold lately so it decided to come and visit Maggie.

Despite the hype, a dragon boat that sunk off the island one week before the sighting is the leading explanation.
Neither the Hawkesbury River or Magnetic Island monsters have been explained.


Flying off the Victorian coast 36 years ago, pilot Frederick Valentich told air traffic control he was being followed by a UFO.

Nothing further was ever heard from him, but papers shed some light on the bizarre incident in 2014.

Air safety investigation documents revealing an engine cowl flap from the same model aircraft he was flying in 1978 had washed ashore at Flinders Island five years after the pilot vanished.

However, the engine cowl flap has since disappeared.

Adding to the mystery is the fact Valentich had accessed confidential RAAF reports about UFO sightings just months before he went missing.

An intensive sea search at the time found no trace of the plane or 20-year-old Valentich, with the official Department of Transport investigation report saying “it seems likely that the aircraft did not crash in the sea between Cape Otway and King Island”.

Steve Robey, the air traffic controller who spoke to Valentich the night he went missing, said there was nothing which indicated a hoax or disorientation and loss of bearings.

“If he suffered disorientation and crashed into the water you think they would have found a lot of debris.
“Surely there would have been something found during the intense searches, oil or something.”

Mr Robey said NASA analysts had assessed the audio transcript and found Valentich to be under genuine stress, which led him to believe the UFO theory.

“The simple fact there was so much activity at the time (in sightings).”


About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).