From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
River Below Mount Kosciusko 1990
In October 1990,
Dereck Holmes was camping on a bank of the Snowy River source below
Mount Kosciusko. One morning he awoke at first light and peered from
his tent. As he did so, he caught sight of a 1.6 metre-tall, hairy female
creature standing nearby amid granite boulders.
As he emerged,
bewildered at the sight, she bolted away, disappearing over a granite
outcrop. It was hereabouts back in 1948 that a party of campers had
sighted a tall hairy figure, about 2.3 metres tall, moving up a mountainside
through snow at a distance of about 100 metres.
giant male Creature
In January 1990,
two young women, Susan Townsend and another girl, and their boyfriends
were camped on the shore of Lake Jindabyne.
Late one afternoon while the others went wood collecting in the surrounding
forest, Susan was busy getting the campfire started. Detecting a powerful
odour and hearing twigs snapping underfoot, she turned and screamed
with fear as a hairy 2.3-metre-tall, muscular, giant male creature,
almost ape-like in appearance, emerged from trees a mere 10 metres away.
He approached the girl, but hearing the others returning he bolted in
big strides into the forest.
The boy's hearing Susan's frantic account of what she had just seen,
gave chase up mountainside scrub, thinking the intruder was some weird
hermit. Loud snarls and large rocks hurled at them convinced the boys
to end their pursuit. Locals to whom they later told their story said
they probably saw the Doolagahls that old Aborigines claim still live
up in the mountains.
large footprints embedded deep in Mud
our departure for home in March 1990, a businessman/fossicker, Craig
Turner, stopped by a creek in the Numinbah Valley. Leaving his car to
walk along the bank amid surrounding rainforest, he found several large
footprints embedded up to four centimetres deep in mud. Spaced one-and-a-half-metres
apart, the footprints measured 40 cm in length by 17 cm width across
plaster from a nearby town, he made casts of left and right feet from
the best tracks and later gave us copies. The significance of these
footprints has already been discussed.
From a study
of their casts I am impressed by Australian man-beast footprints found
from widely-scattered, remote mountainous locations, often hundreds
of kilometres apart and which display identical physical features.
The tracks are
often found by some bushwalker who has chanced to go off the beaten
track into areas never frequented by most people. A hoaxer would be
wasting his time planting fake tracks in such areas where nobody is
going to find them.
Some of these tracks have been found in virtually inaccessible forest
regions by sheer chance and, in my view, must therefore be accepted
as authentic yowie footprints.
In March 1990,
a Sydney based fossicker, Mr Craig Turner, was exploring a remote jungle
creek in the Numinbah Valley, when he found over a dozen freshly made
hominid footprints in the mud of the bank.
Quickly obtaining casting plaster from a nearby town, he was able to
make casts from three of the footprints.
Measuring 40cm in length by
17cm wide across the toes and 15cm wide at the heel, they were spaced
up to 1.5m apart and were embedded 4cm deep in to mud.
The creature who left these footprints must have stood at least 2.6m
tall and weighted around 250 kg.
area east of Lake Eildon. March
1990 Mr Wayne O'Brian and two friends were camped in the Howqua area
east of Lake Eildon. While exploring around the edge of thick scrub
through long grass, the men saw blowflies buzzing around something in
the grass nearby.
Upon investigation they found the carcase of a calf that had been chewed
up, and about which were bones and clumps of hair. Shortly after, in
a nearby gully they found a pile of excreta. At the bottom of a patch
of scrub they smelt a very strong pungent odour. Nearby, in a muddy
area the men discovered a number of larger-than-man sized footprints.
In 1990 two
Sydney campers, visiting the site for the first time, became unnerved
when, late at night, illuminated by the moonlight, a 2.1 to 2.4m tall
manbeast-type creature was seen to emerge from nearby pine trees, and
walk among trees close to their camp. It left large ape-like footprints
in a nearby water course which were found by the men the next morning.
man-ape like Footprints
The Hill End
district still remains a notorious region for modern-day Yowie reports,
as will be demonstrated further on. Today Johnson's Hole still retains
its eerie, uneasy feeling. Weird cries have been heard at night in the
surrounding area, and large, man-ape like footprints claimed found in
soil near the river from time to time.
One evening, around dusk, in 1990 a young Sydney couple on a camping
trip, decided to stay overnight near the hole. They knew nothing about
its reputation. During the night, something walked up to their small,
two-man tent, and began tearing it from the ground.
As the girl screamed, and her male companion fought his way out of the
tent, he felt himself grappling with a dark hairy and putrid-smelling
form that quickly broke off the attack and dashed off into the darkness
1990, the Dorrigo district was the scene of a terrifying encounter with
a hairy manbeast that had the local bushwalking community more than
a little concerned.
boys had been camping in the Dondingalong area when one day near their
camp, they were surprised by a 2.6m tall 'animal', who sprang from out
of bushes to grab one of the boys and attempt to drag him away.
As his terrified mates ran to pick up large rocks to throw at the hairy
giant, the boy fought frantically with the creature, breaking free with
scratches and bruising.
The boys ran for their lives. Eventually they returned to their camp
with accompanying adults to find it wrecked, their gear scattered about
the area, and large man-like footprints in the surrounding soil.
The above incident has parallels with another attempted abduction involving
a manbeast, which took place in the Kempsey district about the turn
of the 19th century, and is still remembered by old residents.
1990 several enormous footprints were found in the Ponderosa area by
a man while fossicking. These measured 44cm in length by 22cm width
across the toes.
England Ranges 1980's-1990's
In the early
20th century these tales merged with more contemporary encounters, and
during the 1980's and 1990's there were campers and property owners
in remote corners of the New England ranges who claimed sightings or
the discovery of large 'man-ape' footprints embedded in the bush soil..
Moonbi Range 1990's
men & Women
hills of the Moonbi Range, particularly those enclosing the Bendemeer,
Kentucky, Uralla and Walcha communities, have a long tradition of eerie
events stretching far back into early pioneering days.
Aborigines in these areas warned settlers about the often enormous 'hairy
men' and their female counterparts that wandered the granite ranges,
emerging from the forests at night to roam the hills.
hey would, said
the tribesmen, kill and eat anyone unlucky enough to meet up with them
in lonely places.
Even in the 1990's these 'haunted' hills continued to live up to their
the hills behind Walcha, in October 1990 three sets of larger-than-normal
'man-ape' footprints were found together in a swamp by a stockman.
And on it goes. Not a year passes without someone somewhere in these
ranges coming forward with a sighting report of a Yowie. The reports
of the 'hairy man' gathered from across Australia are tantalizing and
they show every indication of remaining so.
Throughout the wild New England ranges, 150 years of 'hairy man' encounters
ensures that local interest in these hominids from the dawn of Man will
never die out.
Farmers and others will continue to carry firearms about with them when
working in remote areas, and bushwalkers exchange yarns about these
"Australian Bigfoot" creatures around the campfire on lonely
nights, in the depths of these haunted eerie ranges.
Macdonnell Ranges 1990
Aboriginal man of the Pertama tribe, whose territory is situated 80
miles out of Alice Springs, he is steeped deep in the lore of his people.
"Pankalanka drag people out of their swags while they are camping.
The female Pankalankas are called the Irabundi bundi, or 'Wild Woman'."
"The Irabundi bundi woman walks around with a fire stick in the
western Macdonnell Ranges.
She is beautiful and long-haired.
One night in 1990 a man was forced to stop his car for a sleep on a
roadside, in the Macdonnell Ranges near Alice Springs. A sound woke
him. There staring at him through his open [driver's side] window was
an Irabundi bundi woman. She then vanished into the darkness, leaving
him very shaken."
of Tennant Creek, at Wave Hill near the junction of Giles Creek and
the Victoria River, one day in July 1990 two Aborigines fled in terror
when they came upon a number of freshly made giant man-like footprints
on the edge of a waterhole.
Sandy Desert Encounters 1990's
south of the Kimberley Plateau lies the vastness of the Great Sandy
Desert, one of the fabled homes of the dreaded Jimbras, those monstrous
3-4m tall, powerfully built gorilla-like beings so feared by the Aborigines.
The Gigantopithecus-like beings continue to remind us of their presence.
Travellers in remote areas have claimed from time to time during the
1990's, to have found the huge footprints of these creatures.
River Near Nookanban 1990
naked male Creature
tall naked male creature was claimed seen by a party of campers on the
Fitzroy River near Noonkanban in November 1990.