Australian Yowies information, sighting reports and history.
The Yowie Sightings team are experts in Yowie encounters investigations and research. Whether it's sightings in Queensland or elsewhere in Australia, our website is an information resource to help with Australian Yowie research and understand strange cryptids purportedly existing in the Australian wilderness and bush. Discover Yowie facts throughout the website to gain a better understanding of this creature and the encounters reported.
The Yowie remains an Australian cryptid even though there is substantial anecdotal evidence of their existence from thousands of eyewitness reports and stories. The Australian Yowie is also known as Quinkin, doolargarl and Yahoo among others from Aboriginal culture and Australian Apeman. Australian Aboriginals were not known to be Yowie hunters but in many recollections had fear of "the large hairy man from the bush that stole woman and children". European settlement in Australia contains reports of the creatures going back to the first settlers. There is even a place named Yowie Bay in NSW about 24km from the capital Sydney and named after an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of echoes'. The "place of echoes" refers to the howling sounds associated with the Yowie animal.
The Australian Yowie is said to be related to the US Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot due to the extremely large footprints left by the creature, and both have their traditional roots in Aboriginal oral history and American native lore respectively. The creature is reported to be humanlike in some ways, generally covered in dark or dark brown colored hair, dark leathery skin, and varying in size from 5ft to 9 ft tall. Read more about the creature's traits HERE - What is a Yowie Yahoo.
Yowie sightings in Australia.
You can find the latest Yowie sightings near me by visiting our Yowie sightings map page HERE. We continually add sighting reports to our map page and our own location reports can be found on the blog.
From the Yowie Sightings reports and interviews conducted we know that an encounter can have a profound effect on the individual or group. Many people that have spoken to us and reported a Yowie Sighting have found the process cathartic and eased the minds. We believe learning about other sightings and appreciating that many others have had similar encounters will help ease the anxiety associated with Yowie encounters.
Yowie sightings website is a portal and safe haven for reporting a Yowie sighting or encounter and continues to develop with information as reports are received. We receive Yowie sighting reports from a variety of sources and only publish credible sighting reports based on our forensic interview techniques. Any report published on the website will have been done with the express permission of the person making the report. The majority of reports are added to our Yowie sightings map database to help understand the habitat range of the Yowie.
Who Reports Yowie Sightings?
You would be surprised at the variety of people that have contacted us to report their Yowie story and encounters. We have received Yowie story reports from people from all walks of life including farmers, truck drivers, policemen, soldiers, school teachers, doctors, dentists, vets, pilots, surveyors to name a few. Not all our Yowie sighting reports are published on the website for various reasons. We will only post sighting reports on our blog and map page after we have discussed an encounter with the witness and they agree to it.
If You See Something, Say Something - The Yowie Sightings catchcry
Some Yowie Facts:
It is unclear where the name Yowie originated from. Some believe it originated from an aboriginal term for a creature that lives in the Australian bush which was called Yahoo. Unfortunately, both names would be called unsophisticated in sound and are not helpful to the recognition of these creatures particularly when compared to its North American counterpart Sasquatch which is believed to be an Anglicization of an indigenous Pacific northwest group called the Salish which use the term Sasq'ets to name these creatures.
The first documented report of a Yowie or “Wild Man” as it was called at the time was in 1789. The creature had reportedly been captured and taken to England.
First documented report of a Yowie from 1789
The Yowie has been reported in all Australian mainland states and Tasmania.
The Yowie creature exists in Aboriginal culture and several names have been associated with it including, Yahoo and in parts of Queensland, they are known as quinkin (or as a type of quinkin), and as joogabinna, in parts of New South Wales they are called Ghindaring, jurrawarra, myngawin, puttikan, doolaga, gulaga and thoolagal. Other names include yaroma, noocoonah, wawee, pangkarlangu, jimbra and tjangara.
Yowie creatures are also found around the world and known as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Yeren to name a few.
There appear to be two types of Yowie. One type is a large hominid form that can be in excess of 10 feet tall with either black hair covering or rusty red hair covering similar to the colour of an Orangutan and the other type is a smaller hominid form from 4-6 feet tall but extremely hairy. There is some conjecture as to whether the sightings of the smaller creatures are juvenile rather than a separate type of hominid.
We have some encounters that mention both the smaller variety and large Yowies in the same location while there are quite a few reports where only the smaller variety was encountered. Find out more about Yowie characteristics and behaviour HERE.
At Yowie Sightings we understand that there are some people that want to see the Yowie for themselves, conduct Australian Yowie research, and travel into the bush looking for the legendary creature. From the many reports, we have on file, and our own experiences we strongly advise that any search for an encounter be conducted with the utmost safety in mind and best done with 2 or more people. The larger Yowie creatures found in Australia have shown very aggressive behaviour at times and in some circumstances, charge people, throw stones and logs and produce hideous growls and screams when confronted. If you do intend to go looking for these creatures we recommend not doing it alone. There is some evidence in reports that strength in numbers does dampen the aggressive response but not always. The aggressive traits also lead to another disturbing trait, not only found with the Yowie but also reported in the Sasquatch and Bigfoot behaviour in north America. It has been reported throughout the history of the Yowies and Bigfoot of the abduction of younger children and women. Native folklore describes these traits in both North America and Australia. Women and children have not been the only victims in these abductions and there have been lone hunters that have been attacked and some vanished without a trace and attributed to Bigfoot encounters. Our recommendations are that if you do have an encounter you should move out of the area in a steady manner and don't run. Running away appears to trigger a chase response in the creatures according to reports we have. The creatures appear to have heightened animal intelligence and are aware of behaviour but they can be bluffed in some circumstances and have run off. In North America hikers and campers can carry weapons as a form of protection but even these have not deterred some creatures during some encounters. We've spoken to people from all walks of life that have had Yowie sightings and the main takeaway from them all is to treat these creatures as you would a crocodile etc. Be extremely careful when encountering a Yowie. Read more about finding Yowies HERE.
The Yowie Stigma
We understand that a Yowie sighting has had a stigma associated with it and that many encounters go unreported. The mere fact the creatures exist is so far beyond most people's acceptance that to mention an encounter is often met with total disregard and ridicule. From my own experience and coming from a background of investigative journalism I, too, was a skeptic of sorts. Over the years I had listened to people describing Yowie stories (not only in Australia but overseas) and the more stories I heard I could see common threads of description from people totally unrelated and many of which had never heard of a Yowie before their encounter. After several personal encounters, I realized what people had been describing to me was flesh and blood. Besides our personal experiences, the sheer number of reported sightings over the past 200 years describing these creatures is very strong corroborative evidence of Yowie's existence. A statistician has told us that it would be extremely unlikely that from the thousands of reports that each and everyone is nothing but fantasy or misidentification. The bigger question for us at Yowiesightings and others is not "does the Yowie exist?" but why is it not recognized by governments and this is the question being asked in North America with the Sasquatch. It seems governments are eager to warn people about dangerous crocodiles, sharks, etc but not these creatures. In fact, in the USA there appear to be blatant attempts by certain government agencies to cover up evidence. Hopefully, this will change as more reports are documented, evidence mounts, and the public becomes more aware of a potential threat in the bush.