Australia's Great Hairy Man

Yowie road-sign created by us here at Unexplained Australia
it has now been borrowed by other Yowie/Crypto websites,
thanks for the credit folks...hmmmm?

The Australian version of bigfoot commonly known as the Yowie is a universal phenomenon. It is known by many other names throughout the world. And if you have done any research on this beastie at all. The following names will be well known to you...

Australia: Yowie, - a common term derived from the Australian Aboriginal word Yuwie. Because of the diversity of the Aboriginal tribal languages the Yowie goes by various names from tribe to tribe. i.e. Dooligahl, Quinken, All of which have the same basic meaning. Which is "Great hairy man".

America: (US and Canada) Bigfoot ,Sasquatch - Native American meaning "Hairy man of the forest" 

In Florida we also have the Skunk Ape.

Himalayas: Yeti - Sherpa meaning "Dweller among the rocks"

China: Chi Chi or Chang Mi - meaning "Wild Man" Also 

Yeren - Also meaning Wild Man.


Whatever you want to call this creature debate still continues of its existence. Do I believe in Yowies and Bigfoot's? To be totally honest with you I don't really know. I have found evidence of what most researchers claim could be be Yowie activity such as Footprints, Broken Saplings and Scratches on tree trunks.

My Fascination

My Fascination with they Yowie was ignited many years ago when I was doing some research on the net on the history of Pacific Palms NSW Australia. One of my favourite places in the world. I was intrigued to find out of a legend of a Yowie in those parts. In early pioneering Australia the white settlers who had seen or heard of these creatures called them Yahoo's opposed to Yowies. Within Wallis Lake a part of the Great Lakes of NSW near Forster and part of Pacific Palms, exists an Island called Yahoo Island which is a testament to such a creatures possible existence in that area. Yahoo Island is now a Nature Reserve. Hopefully this reserve has preserved the local Yowie population as well. 

I suppose the reason I am so fascinated with Yowies is that I definitely believe in the possibility of such a creature still existing. Opposed to the existence of Aliens on Earth and other fantastic creatures the Yowie/Bigfoot fits in all too well with the theory of Evolution. It is not a out-there description like the Chupucabra, which is described as part reptilian part mammal. 


Gigantopithecus blacki


Gigantopithecus blacki

Apart from any of the thousands of eye witness reports of Bigfoot. Fossilised evidence of a creature that fits the Bigfoot description does exist and is well excepted by the scientific community. Teeth and jawbones were found in China of an apelike creature which sounds awfully like eyewitness accounts of Yowies that stood approximately 2 metres tall. It was given the scientific name Gigantopithecus blacki. This huge prehistoric ape existed in the Pleistocene Era (1.8 million to 10,000 years ago) when large mammals ruled the Earth. 

Cryptozooligists and Hominid researchers claim that Bigfoot, Yowie, Yeti could be a surviving ancestor of this prehistoric giant ape. And this is where my fascination began. The notion of a creature such as this still living and breathing right now is a definite possibility even if it is very remote. Evolutionary speaking perhaps this creature has been smart enough to have hidden itself from us to ensure its survival.

Possible Yowie footprint found by Murray Byfield of Unexplained Australia in 2006


Very little to no physical evidence of the Yowie or Bigfoot exists according to skeptics and authorities. No body has been found nor any skeletal remains. But believers are not discouraged by the lack of physical proof. Thousands of plaster casts of Yowies, Bigfoots, Yetis footprints and thousands of eyewitness accounts cannot be discounted right out of hand. A strand of fur of a Bigfoot has been found and DNA testing taken suggests that it is from an animal of unknown origin. A body of a bigfoot showed up in Europe a few years back here is a pic of the body of a supposed Bigfoot.

Indigenous Legends 

 Indigenous Australian art of the Yowie. 
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For thousands of years Indigenous Australians have known of the Yowies existence. Similar to Sasquatch of the Native Americans of North America. Many aboriginal tribes feared the Yowie as it had a reputation of stealing children and on the odd occasion killing people. Some aboriginal stories tell of Yowies being killed by tribesmen. But it seems that the Aboriginals tried to steer clear of Yowies as much as possible. When the first European settlers came to Australia. Local Aboriginal tribes told the British extensively about an ape-like creature that lived in the forests. The first newspaper report of the Yowie appeared in the late 1700's. The descriptions of this animal match reports of bigfoot from all over the world that occurred approximately 100 years later. South of Sydney there is a small inlet known as Yowie bay. Numerous sightings occurred in this area in pioneering days. Which obviously led to its name. Take into account that all these sightings that are almost identical with universal accounts of bigfoot that happened 100 years before the advent of The Communication Age. Aboriginal names vary from tribe to tribe here are but a few "Tjandara", "Noocoonah", "Thoolagal", "Doolagahl", "Quinken", "Yahoo", "Jingera", "Jimbra", "Gooligah", "Yaroma". That's a lot of names for a creature that supposedly does not exist.


Yowies are mostly spotted on the Eastern coast of Australia, Most sightings seem to occur in NSW, QLD and Vic but sightings have been reported in almost every other state. Most Yowie sightings seem to occur in remote mountainous rocky terrain covered in thick bush. Areas such as The Blue Mountains, Hornsby, Coonabarabran. Are all such types of areas - other areas seem to be flatter thick bush land. With this in mind it its the perfect place for a creature of this size to hide. These places are hard to access by vehicle, and foot, provide plenty of hiding places and have many caves and rocky outcrops for Yowies to dwell. With the encroachment of building developments getting increasingly closer the bush sightings will invariably increase or push the Yowie further into remote bushlands.

Because of my work I do a lot of traveling, and just looking at the country side along the side of freeways and roads makes you realize the vastness of this great country of ours, you very soon begin the think that there must be thousands of places humans have never set foot. Perhaps because of this vast forest and inhospitable terrain of the Australian bush is the reason the Yowie has kept itself hidden from us for so long.


Yowies are generally described as a large mammal, ape-like in appearance with black, brown or reddish fur 4-6 inches long covering most of the body except the face. The head is shrunken into the shoulders and their eyes are bright red when reflected in light. They stand erect between 6-10 ft tall and walk with a stooped gait. Feet are believed to be between 13" to 20". Most people also describe an strong unpleasant smell which accompanies an encounter. Yowies are believed to be omnivorous and will eat just about anything that is convenient. Fruit, roots, witchedy grubs, to road kill - they even been seen raiding garbage tips. Yowies let themselves known to be around by heavy stomping, shrieks, loud growling and grunting noises. I has been suggested that the howling noises are in fact mating calls. 

Yowies seem to be Nocturnal and are seen more often at night. They also create interesting structures from branches in a Tepee like style in the forks of trees. They show their strength by snapping off small trees at the base.

Why people don't believe

As I stated before I am not a believer and I am not a non-believer I believe in the possibility of creature existing but I have never seen one. I am a person who needs to see to believe. And perhaps that is the way it is with most people. Seeing is believing - furthermore most people probably couldn't give a damn if a bush ape existed or not. Some of the reasons why most lay people don't believe in Yowies is that there is no hard evidence. There are no bodies, no modern skeletal remains, no faeces, few photographs and very little video footage. 

Why people do believe

Literally thousands of eye witness reports - ranging from one person to up to 30 witnesses at a time. The description of each Yowie witnessed matches the descriptions of the thousands of other sightings. Plaster casts of hundreds of Yowie/Bigfoot feet. Aboriginal legends (not to mention the universal legends of Bigfoot from almost every continent) which go back thousands of years. This is strong evidence that Skeptical societies always forget mention. All legends have some glimmer of truth to them. Yowies are an evolutionary and scientific possibility however how remote.

Yowie Hotspots

The Blue Mountains.
Bateman's Bay.
Barrington Tops.
Wattagan Mountains.

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