On Wednesday 18th December 2001, I made a lone hike out to the far end of
Narrow Neck Plateau. At the time I was concerned about rumours leaking out
from high places that the whole of Narrow Neck Plateau might be barred to the
This happily came to nothing, yet with so many strange occurrences
happening out there in that scrubby wilderness south-west of Katoomba, it would
have come as no surprise to me. Only a few weeks before my visit a number of
military vehicles with Australian soldiers had descended on the ‘Neck’ and Air Force
helicopters had been seen to land out there.
Campers staying out at the far end of the ‘Neck’ claimed to have heard loud
drilling and blasting sounds coming from somewhere below the cliffs, and there had
been a number of mysterious objects reported seen flying about, both day and night
over Burragorang Valley and coming too and from Megalong Valley over the Wild
Arriving at the far end at 1pm, I proceeded to take off my backpack and sit
down on the cliff edge under some bushes admiring the view as I ate my sandwiches.
It was then that I began hearing the loud sounds of helicopters but failed to
see them anywhere.
Then at 2.22pm far out across the wide expanse of the Burragorang Valley,
directly over the ‘Base’ area, with the aid of my binoculars I spotted a small blackcoloured
light aircraft, flying from west to east about clifftop level out in the valley.
watched as it flew over the gullies from where so many strange objects have been seen
to emerge from or descend into over the years. Then, suddenly as it eached a point in
the middle of the valley, it just vanished into thin air, like a “light being switched off”
It was that sudden!
However, and this is the most interesting point, the engine could
still be heard! It was now that I remembered the sounds of the unseen helicopters.
Still puzzling over these events, as I scanned the vast Burragorang vista before me, I spotted, at 2.57pm a silver disc, very large, descending below the eastern
escarpment of the Kanangra Boyd wilderness far to the south-west of the valley.
was in the region where I was lost overnight in July 1999, a region that I can state with
authority, is virtually inaccessible! The craft quickly vanished into a gully of supposed
dense forest and granite rock formations. Obviously there is a landing site out there,