From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
The Cardwell Range, rising
high above the coastal flats inland beyond the Tully River, begins inland
from Cardwell township and extends northward up to Tully Falls National
Park. A wild, rainforest-covered mountainous area, it is, say the Aborigines
the home of the "Cardwell Giant".
Back in 1923,
a large work gang was laying tracks on the railway line through to Cardwell.
On a number of occasions they would emerge from their tents of a morning
to find that during the night 'someone' had disturbed camp cooking utensils,
upset tables and work gear, and left huge manlike footprints about the
soon spread of the Cardwell Giant, which Aborigines of the district
said was only one of the many hairy manlike beings that inhabited the
surrounding forests. Workmen soon took to carrying guns while working
on isolated sections of track.
One weekend the men left their camp to
have a break in town some distance away. When they returned
on the Monday morning they were dismayed to find their tents all torn
down and equipment scattered and smashed. Huge footprints in the surrounding
soil told them that the Cardwell Giant did not appreciate their presence
in 'his' domain!.