From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
Creek, Etadunna 1989
hairy man Giant
In 1989, a four-metre-tall
hairy man 'giant' welding a huge lump of wood for a club was claimed
seen on the lower Barcoo Creek near Etadunna, east of Lake Eyre. Two
carloads of four-wheel-drive enthusiasts were travelling about 100 metres
apart on the road between Maree and Birdsville. At a point where the
road crosses over a creek, the vehicles disturbed the monster as it
stood on the creek-bank close to the roadside.
Both groups saw the creature which strode off along the bank and out
of sight into the scrub. The shocked bush-trekkers held a roadside discussion,
compared physical descriptions, agreed it was a male, and the men in
the party decided to try to track it with their rifles at the ready;
but by the time they returned to the crossing and set off on foot, the
man monster had escaped.
screams and Howls
For example, about January
1989, two young women and their male companions were camped near Kanangra
Creek. While searching the valley floor below the Walls, they came upon
a number of larger-than-man-sized footprints in sand. Laughing the tracks
off as the work of some joker, they later returned to their camp to
find it ransacked, and the same large tracks visible in surrounding
soil. With night coming on they remained at thee site, still thinking
the tracks and the vandalised camp to have been the work of a joker.
However, they were all soon made to feel uneasy. Something seemed to
be moving about in the dense scrub close to their camp. Then the unseen
intruder began emitting a series of horrifying screams and howls. The
terrified group stayed up all night, large tree branches at the ready
to protect themselves.
Early in 1990 Heather and
I searched an area in the Numinbah Valley below Binna Burra where, during
November 1989, three campers-Terry and Max Feitz and Barry Bossley-found
several large footprints, measuring 45 cm long by 18 cm wide, embedded
2 cm deep in mud on a creek bank.
I receive many
phone calls from people all over Australia who have something to report,
and at all hours.
at Beechmont, two other campers, Ken White and Jerry Moore, claim they
saw a two-and-a-half-metre tall, hairy man-beast squatting to drink
at a creek-edge in dense scrub.
strange hominid Creatures
Tableland, rising high above Cairns, is the scene of frequent 'hairy
man' reports. During December 1969, several timber-cutters claimed they
saw a two-metre-tall, hairy male "man ape" watching them among
trees as they worked near the town of Atherton.
Earlier that same year, another logging group operating in the Kuranda
district reported seeing three strange hominid creatures-an apparent
male and female each of two metre's in height, and a juvenile of about
1.3 metres-foraging in a gully below them.
years later, in April 1989, another family group of these hairy 'manimals
shocked a group of loggers by wandering from out of the forest and onto
the edge of their camp in broad daylight.
men grabbed for wooden stakes and, shouting at the creatures, managed
to drive them back into the jungle. The loggers described the humanoid
creatures as a 2.3-metre tall male, a 1.3-m juvenile male, and a 2 metre-tall
And so the stories of Australia's Bigfoot creatures continue to show
not the slightest indication of ever diminishing. And, I believe, these
mysterious, seemingly fearsome yet totally fascinating hairy primates
will continue to survive, hidden in the remote and still largely inaccessable
recesses of our vast mountain ranges.
It never ceases
to amaze me just how much interest my lifelong research has created.
Perhaps the main reason why millions of people worldwide find the yowie/yeti/bigfoot
mystery so fascinating is that in modern times it is one of the last
great unsolved mysteries-in the tradition of the Loch Ness Monster,
the giant monitor lizards of Australia and the 'neodinosaurs' of the
Of Newnes January 1989
During January 1989, Len
Mawson and Don Mulak of Sydney NSW were on a camping trip in the Wollongambie
Wilderness searching for Gallan Canyon in the back of Newnes, when they
decided to camp for the night at Bungleboori Reserve, situated next
to a pine forest.
They set up their sleeping
bags in their 'Combi Van' and soon had a roaring campfire going, and
cooked their tea. It was about 9pm. After tea they sat talking for about
an hour. About 10pm, in the light
of a quarter moon, Len happened to notice, about 200 m away, standing
in the middle of the reserve, the definite silhouette of a whitish man-like
form over 2 m in height, the head giving the appearance of being pushed
into the shoulders, with legs apart and arms out from the body.
time Don had retired to the van. Len tried to attract his
attention to the mystery figure, but he refused to get out and look.
As Len moved to the van, the 'visitor' turned and walked away behind
a nearby concrete water tank, where Len lost sight of it. From here
he believes it must have walked straight into the adjoining pine forest. The next morning Len and
his mate made a search of the area, but could find no trace of the mystery
creature's presence the night before, so continued on their way.
September 1989, further freshly made Yowie footprints were found in
the wilderness near Newnes, measuring twice the size of any normal foot.
man-ape type Creature
That same month,
also in the Newnes area, near a pine forest, a group of campers were
preparing a fire, ready to cook the evening meal, when they sighted
a 2.6m, tall 'man-ape' type creature observing them from a nearby stand
of timber. The party had
members take turns keeping watch all night in case the strange beast
should return. This same location, unbeknownst to them had had several
other visitations by these elusive hominids, stretching back at least
Tall Male Tjangara
the late Michael Terry, told me once that the Western Australian blacks
always differentiated between the Jimbra and Tjangara. "Aren't
they both the same creature?" I asked one old Elder while over
there in the 1930's. "No, no
came the emphatic reply.
more like an animal, doesn't make fire, eats roots and berries. Also
eats animals and people raw. Tjangara
giant people, make tools and fire but keep clear of them too, because
they eat plenty black fellas long time ago!"
well known throughout the length and breadth of the Nullarbor region
deep into Western Australia. As recent as
1989 a 3m tall male was claimed seen carrying a big stone knife out
from Kitchener on the Nullarbor fringe, by a mineral surveyor.