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Yowie - Beware the Australian Bigfoot!

Updated on January 29, 2015
On the Prowl for Yowies
On the Prowl for Yowies | Source

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

Signs of the Yowie
Signs of the Yowie | Source

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?

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Quick Yowie Footage Poll

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Yowies are blamed for small tragedies - But is it true?

Yowies are falsely blamed for small tragedies
Yowies are falsely blamed for small tragedies
The Kilcoy Yowie
The Kilcoy Yowie

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).

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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 Bigfoot
THE YOWIE: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot

An enjoyable and informative mystery of giant walking primates lurking in the hidden places of Australia,


Welcome your Guests with a Yowie

Decorate your Garden with a Yowie or a Yeti
Decorate your Garden with a Yowie or a Yeti

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?

Yes! he is out there and keeping well clear of people. How many species have we wiped out through fear and ignorance? The Yowie, very wisely, keeps his head dow

Yes! he is out there and keeping well clear of people. How many species have we wiped out through fear and ignorance? The Yowie, very wisely, keeps his head dow

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  • TanoCalvenoa 2 years ago

    I think he regularly swims across the Pacific between Washington, USA and the east coast of Australia. Yowie and Sasquatch are the same guy.

  • BenBush LM 4 years ago

    i used to think it's a bear but there are no bears in australia i think it is real

  • Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

    I hold out hope that there are unexplained myths and legends that will be proven to exist. With all of the ancient stories and recent sightings, there must be something out there.

No! This is another cock and bull story from short-sighted travellers (who wouldn't know a Yowie from a Bunyip) and like nothing better than than to get some fr

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  • Nathalie Roy 18 months ago from France (Canadian expat)

    Not afraid! It's all myth and legend.

  • seegreen 4 years ago

    These sorts of things scare the bejeezers out of me. While I can't say I believe, I am not skeptical enough to ignore the sounds and sights around me.

  • CannyGranny 5 years ago

    More likely a bunyip spotted by a tourist but then they wouldn't live to tell the tale, would they?

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      TanoCalvenoa 2 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.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 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.

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      mariacarbonara 3 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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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!!??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fascinating. Another reason I want to visit your wonderful country.

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