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Yowie – Beware the Australian Bigfoot!
Updated on August 23, 2017 Susanna Duffy moreContact Author Beware of the Yowie
When you walk in the thickly-forested areas of South Eastern Australia, keep an eye out for Yowies.
You can’t mistake him if you see him, a Yowie is over seven foot tall, covered with thick dark brown hair and bearing a marked resemblance to a gorilla.
If you’re unsure if what you’ve just seen is a Yowie or a particularly large orang utan, check the feet. Yowies have enormous feet.
Yowie is not Bigfoot
He is the first
Some people believe the Yowie is a migrant Sasquatch, a cousin of the Himalayan Yeti, but this true blue Australian creature was first sighted in 1841, well before any reports of the Abominable Snowman or of Bigtoot.
The Yowie is the original!
Read the Road Signs – Take advice from road signs when traveling
If you see a sign like this, walk a little faster.
A Yowie is not a Bunyip
No one has survived seeing a Bunyip
Australians have spotted the Yowie in rainforests, appearing from behind the giant tree-ferns, and in the arid scrub country.
Some travellers have met Yowies near the chilly pools at the bottom of a waterfall, and some have reported a sighting along riverbanks. This could be a case of mistaken identity, for the riverbanks are home to the Bunyip.
Steer clear of Bunyips.
No one who has ever seen a Bunyip has lived to tell the tale!
Yowie Footage – The Yowie Hunters
Yowie Footage from the Brindabella Ranges of New South Wales.
Probably a hoax – but what do you think?
Take the quick poll below the video
Quick Yowie Footage Poll
What’s your opinion of the Yowie footage from the Brindabella Ranges?
It’s a hoax. It has to be. Someone in an Ape costume
It’s genuine. This is a real Yowie
I don’t really know. Too hazy to make out clearly
I don’t really care. It’s an entertaining little video
See results Yowies are blamed for small tragedies – But is it true?
The Kilcoy Yowie
A virile chap
Kilcoy is a small and unassuming country town in Southeast Queensland with a population a little over 1000 most of whom are employed servicing the surrounding pastoral area.
The residents claim that their major attraction is a large wooden statue of a very well endowed male Yowie.
With monotonous regularity, local wags or the morally outraged will come along and emasculate the Yowie statue.
Of much more interest to visitors to Kilcoy is the Woodford Folk Festival just 20 km up the road, held each year from December 27 to New Years Day. The festival attracts around 85,000 people (and the occasional Yowie).
Theories on the Yowie
Varied but possibe
Rex Gilroy, the “Yowie Man”, believes that an advanced megalithic monument-building people once inhabited Australia.
Some researchers say that Yowies are descendents of Gigantopithecus, a version of robust Australopithecine, or a mega-version of Homo erectus descended from Java Man.
I fully expect the Yowie to be marsupial (but I don’t care to meet him to test my theory).
The Yowie! – Hostile Hairy Horrors
THE YOWIE: In Search of Australia’s BigfootAn enjoyable and informative mystery of giant walking primates lurking in the hidden places of Australia,
Buy Now Those links about Yowies again – (I’m not the only one)
Lost Civilisations of Australia
What is it like to suddenly realise that you are the discoverer of an hitherto unknown ‘lost’ civilisation? Ask Rex Gilroy, the Yowie Man
Yowies in a cryptid world
Welcome your Guests with a Yowie
At first I thought this was a Yowie, but look at the feet. Too small.
Bigfoot: the Garden Yeti Statue
Have your say …
Is the Yowie out there?
How about you?
Have you seen a Yowie?
I have seen a Yowie and lived to tell the tale
I know who someone who saw a Yowie
No, but I’ve seen his cousin, Bigfoot
No, but I’ve seen his cousin, the Yeti
Never! Who do you think you’re kidding?
See results More on the Yowie
The Australian Yowie Research Centre
Australia’s Original Yowie man, Rex Gilroy, has spent 50+ years researching the Yowie
Is the Yowie out there? Is he a cousin of the Sasquatch? Or is he bulldust?
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sendingTanoCalvenoa 3 years ago
Although I doubt there is such a thing, I will leave open the possibility that there is something and it will someday be proven.
Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada
I believe that there is a great likelihood that an ancient bush tribe has managed to survive in the outbacks and virtually avoid detection by modern man. They would logically be more hairy as evolution has proven that man adapts over time to his surroundings. (And that is my opinion and I am sticking to it.) Love your photos.
mariacarbonara 4 years ago
They could exist and be creatures that come out at night. If they are an intelligent ape like creature then they could easily survive in deep forest, especially if they only come out at night. We didn’t even know how active animals were at night until very recently so anything is possible.
Its funny people mention the smell, before people started washing remember they used to carry smellies around to mask their own pong. So not much different to use really
I have never been to the rain forrests of Australia,…But I live in the temperate rain forrest of Britich Columbia, Canada. I work in a Shop is named “The Sasquatch t-shirt and sign company” Maybe your tour bus has stopped in front of my shop while you visited here. In our “Neck of the Woods” there have been numerous sightings of our vertion of what you call Yowies. Sasquatch is the local name for them here. Because of the name of our shop, I have had many hundreds of people share their encounter stories. Though I have never seen one myself, I feel that, that many people can’t be lying. Our vertion is described as more Gorila looking than human, standing between 8-12ft. tall, and a horrific bad smell desc ribed as the smell of a Rino at the zoo. It is interesting that the mountainous forrest seems to be their place of choice around the world, as they are known by many names in many countries. Our local natives think they are shape shifters, and that is what keeps them from detection mor often. Others think they may be aliens that get beemed down to earth periodicly. I have seen casts of their footprints and knuckle prints first hand, and I feel compelled to believe. Be it Yeti, Big Foot, Yowie, or Sasquatch,……..We can’t all be just seeing something that isn’t there!!??
Fascinating. Another reason I want to visit your wonderful country.
With so many different areas of the world reporting similar creatures, I think there could well be some of these things in existence.
@CannyGranny: not the old folk, but the youwies
CannyGranny 5 years ago
I have heard the old folk talk of Yowies, of sightings and one close encounter, but that was back in the early days of settlement. They’re all wiped out now, slaughtered as vermin poor buggers.
AlleyCatLane 5 years ago
Never heard of Yowies. Interesting though.
TravelingRae 6 years ago
My theory about the Yowie, Sasquatch, Yeti, etc. is that they are aliens. There has actually been some research done that finds a correlation between sightings of these giant apes and that of UFOs.
Have you seen the Destination Truth episode about the Yowie? No evidence was found. 🙁
Mermaiden 6 years ago
Wow I’ve never heard of Yowie’s! We have an aunt in Austrialia and we’re gonna ask her if she’s ever spotted one! Great lens!
Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland
Featuring this on our Bigfoot for Kids lens. Excellent! 🙂
jlshernandez 6 years ago
I think the Yowie is some kind of a mutant, some hairy reclusive person (perhaps) hiding in the woods. Since it has never been caught, like Bigfoot or the Yeti, I can only speculate that it is indeed a mysterious hairy creature.
SHorsburgh 6 years ago
It’s good to know we have our own monsters in Australia. I get a bit sick of hearing about America’s Big Food and Scotland’s Loch Ness Men’s Cotton Man in the Moon Short Sleeve Tee Shirt monster. I’m sure we have many more lurking about in our beautiful big country. A wonderful lens Susanna.
Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky
Hey, you never know! I will vote for the Yowie being there, but it’s so shy it hides a lot.
Wonderful lens. I didn’t know the Yowie had migrated to New Zealand. Smart guy 🙂
Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK
I’ve never heard of a Yowie. Wouldn’t it be fascinating if it was true. If I was Yowie, I’d continue to keep out of sight, though.
inkserotica 7 years ago
Heard of Yowie’s but never seen one 🙂 But, I do think they exist! Might just feature this lens on my blog, Cryptid Sightings, one day 😉 5*
sheriangell 7 years ago
Wow, never heard of a Yowie. Never saw one and hope I never do, but would love to hear about your up close and personal encounters!
anonymous 7 years ago
Wowie! I had never heard of Yowies. Am thinking Inkserotica will be interested in this lens as she has a blog about such sightings!
Spook LM 7 years ago
I thought I saw one but now I can’t remember.
VarietyWriter2 7 years ago
Just spotted one of them in my backyard yesterday…lol. “owie yowie”
Mona 7 years ago from Iowa
Well of course I’m familiar with Sasquacth and Bigfoot but I’ve never heard of a Yowie or a Bunyip. Now I know what Yowie is, what’s a Bunyip? (Okay, are you making these words up?) 🙂 At any rate read it with avid interest.
RickBasset 7 years ago
Funny how they seem to be everywhere…we call them Sasquatch here on the West coast of Canada.
oztoo lm 7 years ago
Ooh what a fascinating insight. I never thought about the fact that the Yowie could be marsupial. This would definitely prove that the Yowie isn’t related to bigfoot wouldn’t it? I was under the impression that they mainly lived in the Piliga Scrub in NSW. Obviously I was wrong about that.