OUT THERE: Thomas Hall looks for answers as to what made the circular marks in a paddock at Rosewood.
OUT THERE: Thomas Hall looks for answers as to what made the circular marks in a paddock at Rosewood. Damian Dunlop/ Ipswich Queensland Times

Rosewood an alien invasion site?

AREA 51, the famed military base in the Nevada desert; the wondrous Nazca lines in Peru; the timeless mystery of the pyramids' construction; a cow paddock outside Ipswich.

Could it be that the truth really is out there - in Rosewood?

John Sbeghen isn't what you would call a believer in aliens, but he is lost for answers for what he saw last Friday.

Mr Sbeghen leases 85 hectares of grazing land overlooking Rosewood township from the town's GP Dr Sabre.

“Friday I came up here to check on the cows,” Mr Sbeghen began.

“I had a mate with me, and as we came down over the hill I saw all these circles on the ground.

“I went over to one of the biggest ones and just said to my mate: 'What do you think this is?' He said: 'I wouldn't have a clue.'

“I've never seen anything like it. The first thing I thought of was the Martians are coming. Or the fairies have been.

“The fact it's a circle...”

The circles are in a roughly-fenced paddock between craggy former mine workings and one of the last remaining stands of natural vegetation in Rosewood.

The paddock is only accessible by four-wheel-drive, a kilometre or so off the road through deep gullies and sudden dips and ruts.

There are six circles on the closely-grazed couch grass varying in diameter from half a metre to two metres.

The grass inside the circles is lightly covered by a feathery layer similar to spider web.

“That's where the legs went. That's what you see on TV - the legs of the spaceship come down,” Mr Sbeghen said with a wink, before dashing off to find a cigarette.

“I've lived in Rosewood all my life - 61 years - and I've been associated with cattle all the time. You'd think I would have seen it before.”

Mr Sbeghen's partner Leona Allan said she went up to the paddock on Sunday to see the circles for herself.

“I thought it's really weird, just to appear overnight,” Mrs Allan said.

“I grew up on a farm at Rosevale and I've never seen anything like it.

“I thought someone needs to know about this so I videoed it and took it up to the QT.”

She said her seven-year-old grandson Thomas Hall was a bit spooked by all the talk of aliens.

Tom seemed immune to the fuss yesterday, traipsing through the circles, but the previous night was a different story.

“He couldn't sleep last night,” Tom's grandma said.

“He had to sleep in mummy and daddy's bed because he thought the aliens were coming.”

• What is your explanation for the Rosewood circles? Email Peter.Foley@qt.com.au.



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