Yowie Sightings News and Information.
Learn about what Yowies look like, what they eat, how they move through their environment and thier interactions with people along with historical accounts and encounters.
There have been many types of sightings and encounters in Australia and Yowies have been documented in every Australian mainland state since European settlement and is also part of Indigenous oral history. The creature remains a cryptid of the Australian bush and is sometimes referred to as an "ape-like creature" or "hairy man" which has been compared with the American Bigfoot and Sasquatch. The states of Queensland and New South Wales share the bulk of reported sightings that continue to the present day not only in the Australian outback but also in forested coastal regions. Our team of cryptozoologists conducts research and collects witness reports. Australian hunters and cryptozoologists continue to serach for the Australian version of Bigfoot in an effort to discover whats a Yowie.
Yowie sighting news with the latest sightings reports can be found in the News Blog HERE. If you would like to contribute to our sighting database and network please use the email below to get in touch:
Witness Reports State By State
Find witness reports for specific Australian states in our state-by-state database which is continually updated with new reports as they are sent in and verified. Find the informative database HERE
Australian Yowie Facts - What is known and reported.
What is a Yowie Animal
Is the Yowie and animal or a relic human? A sketch by a witness from a 2022 Yowie Sighting report in Queensland depicts the Yowie of the Australian bush. The report is one of a long list of sightings and encounters documented through the European settlement of Australia since 1795. The Yowie also has its place as part of Aboriginal people oral history going back thousands of years. The tales from both Europeans and Aboriginals generally describe a huge, hairy beast standing on two muscular legs with arms that extend to or past the knees and a massive torso as thick or thicker than a bull. Further witness reports describe the elusive creature's large head, sometimes conical in shape, which is dwarfed by its incredibly broad shoulders and often appears to have no neck at all. While much debate centers on whether the Yowie/Bigfoot creature is animal or human there is yet another line of discussion about whether the creature is actually of this planet or another world or dimension. Read more about the Yowie HERE.
A sketch of a Yowie from a 2022 witness report in QLD Wide Bay area.
Yowie sighting in Australia.
Statistically Yowie in Queensland make up the greater percentage of sighting reports followed by New South Wales with a scattering of witness reports coming from the other Australian mainland states. A few sighting reports have been made in Tasmania but remain very sketchy and unverifiable and therefore have not been added to our sightings and encounters database.
In the state of Queensland Yowie sightings Gold Coast were once prominent but have given way to a greater number of sighting reports from the central and northern QLD region with the Yowie animal being reported by people from many professions and lifestyles.
You can find the latest 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 witness reports by Yowie hunters and members of the general pulic plus the interviews we have 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 sighting have found the process cathartic and eased their 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.
This website is a portal and safe haven for reporting an encounter and continues to develop with information as reports are received. We receive witness 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 sighting and encounter reports are added to our AustralianYowie database and to help understand the habitat range of the Yowie. Another interesting resouce is our Map Page that displays sightings and encoiunters in an easy to view format.
Where Does The Word Yowie Come From
According to some accounts, the name "Yowie" is a corruption of the Dharug word "yowi," which means "demon" or "spirit." The Dharug people have a rich cultural history that includes many stories and legends about various supernatural creatures, and it is likely that the Yowie was included in these stories as a powerful and mysterious being.
Other accounts suggest that the name "Yowie" comes from the word "yowee" which is used by the Yuin people of New South Wales to describe a large, hairy creature that is said to inhabit the area. The Yuin people also have a rich cultural history and many stories about supernatural creatures, and it is possible that their legends also include the Yowie.
In either case, it is likely that the name "Yowie" has been passed down through generations of Indigenous Australians and has come to be associated with the creature that is said to inhabit the Australian wilderness.
Australian Yowie information, reports and history.
Our team are experts in Yowie investigations and research. Whether it's sightings in Queensland or elsewhere in Australia, our website is an information resource to help with research and understanding strange cryptids purportedly existing in the Australian wilderness and bush. Discover news and 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. 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.
Who Reports Sightings?
Latest Sightings of Yowies.
You would be surprised at the variety of people that have contacted us to report their Yowie story and encounters. We have received reports from people from all walks of life including farmers, truck drivers, policemen, soldiers, school teachers, doctors, dentists, soldiers, pilots, hunters and surveyors to name a few. Not all our 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. The Yowie News blog has brief reports on the latest Sightings and information in the news about cryptids in general from around Australia and the world.
If You See Something, Say Something
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 European 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
Reports of Yowie encounters have been constantly reported in newspapers since the 1800s to the present day.
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 are known as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, and 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.
Our team team conducts regular research and surveillance operations to investigate locations where the creatures have been seen and incorporates a range of dedicated recording and monitoring equipment in the process such as Thermal Cameras, Drones and Audio Recorders.
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 Cryptid Stigma
People that come forward to tell about their encounters with these creatures are often dismissed and in the worst cases treated as fools and stigmatized. The people we speak with about their sightings and encounters are anything but fools. People from all walks of life and professions have been in contact with us to describe what they have experienced and we have spent time discussing their stories. We will listen to anyone that has had an encounter or would like to know more about these creatures and we treat people with the dignity they deserve.