Australia's Great Hairy Man

Yowie road-sign created by us here at Unexplained Australia
it has now been borrowed by other Yowie/Crypto websites,
thanks for the credit folks...hmmmm?

The Australian version of bigfoot commonly known as the Yowie is a universal phenomenon. It is known by many other names throughout the world. And if you have done any research on this beastie at all. The following names will be well known to you...

Australia: Yowie, - a common term derived from the Australian Aboriginal word Yuwie. Because of the diversity of the Aboriginal tribal languages the Yowie goes by various names from tribe to tribe. i.e. Dooligahl, Quinken, All of which have the same basic meaning. Which is "Great hairy man".

America: (US and Canada) Bigfoot ,Sasquatch - Native American meaning "Hairy man of the forest" 

In Florida we also have the Skunk Ape.

Himalayas: Yeti - Sherpa meaning "Dweller among the rocks"

China: Chi Chi or Chang Mi - meaning "Wild Man" Also 

Yeren - Also meaning Wild Man.


Whatever you want to call this creature debate still continues of its existence. Do I believe in Yowies and Bigfoot's? To be totally honest with you I don't really know. I have found evidence of what most researchers claim could be be Yowie activity such as Footprints, Broken Saplings and Scratches on tree trunks.

My Fascination

My Fascination with they Yowie was ignited many years ago when I was doing some research on the net on the history of Pacific Palms NSW Australia. One of my favourite places in the world. I was intrigued to find out of a legend of a Yowie in those parts. In early pioneering Australia the white settlers who had seen or heard of these creatures called them Yahoo's opposed to Yowies. Within Wallis Lake a part of the Great Lakes of NSW near Forster and part of Pacific Palms, exists an Island called Yahoo Island which is a testament to such a creatures possible existence in that area. Yahoo Island is now a Nature Reserve. Hopefully this reserve has preserved the local Yowie population as well. 

I suppose the reason I am so fascinated with Yowies is that I definitely believe in the possibility of such a creature still existing. Opposed to the existence of Aliens on Earth and other fantastic creatures the Yowie/Bigfoot fits in all too well with the theory of Evolution. It is not a out-there description like the Chupucabra, which is described as part reptilian part mammal. 


Gigantopithecus blacki


Gigantopithecus blacki

Apart from any of the thousands of eye witness reports of Bigfoot. Fossilised evidence of a creature that fits the Bigfoot description does exist and is well excepted by the scientific community. Teeth and jawbones were found in China of an apelike creature which sounds awfully like eyewitness accounts of Yowies that stood approximately 2 metres tall. It was given the scientific name Gigantopithecus blacki. This huge prehistoric ape existed in the Pleistocene Era (1.8 million to 10,000 years ago) when large mammals ruled the Earth. 

Cryptozooligists and Hominid researchers claim that Bigfoot, Yowie, Yeti could be a surviving ancestor of this prehistoric giant ape. And this is where my fascination began. The notion of a creature such as this still living and breathing right now is a definite possibility even if it is very remote. Evolutionary speaking perhaps this creature has been smart enough to have hidden itself from us to ensure its survival.

Possible Yowie footprint found by Murray Byfield of Unexplained Australia in 2006


Very little to no physical evidence of the Yowie or Bigfoot exists according to skeptics and authorities. No body has been found nor any skeletal remains. But believers are not discouraged by the lack of physical proof. Thousands of plaster casts of Yowies, Bigfoots, Yetis footprints and thousands of eyewitness accounts cannot be discounted right out of hand. A strand of fur of a Bigfoot has been found and DNA testing taken suggests that it is from an animal of unknown origin. A body of a bigfoot showed up in Europe a few years back here is a pic of the body of a supposed Bigfoot.

Indigenous Legends 

 Indigenous Australian art of the Yowie. 
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For thousands of years Indigenous Australians have known of the Yowies existence. Similar to Sasquatch of the Native Americans of North America. Many aboriginal tribes feared the Yowie as it had a reputation of stealing children and on the odd occasion killing people. Some aboriginal stories tell of Yowies being killed by tribesmen. But it seems that the Aboriginals tried to steer clear of Yowies as much as possible. When the first European settlers came to Australia. Local Aboriginal tribes told the British extensively about an ape-like creature that lived in the forests. The first newspaper report of the Yowie appeared in the late 1700's. The descriptions of this animal match reports of bigfoot from all over the world that occurred approximately 100 years later. South of Sydney there is a small inlet known as Yowie bay. Numerous sightings occurred in this area in pioneering days. Which obviously led to its name. Take into account that all these sightings that are almost identical with universal accounts of bigfoot that happened 100 years before the advent of The Communication Age. Aboriginal names vary from tribe to tribe here are but a few "Tjandara", "Noocoonah", "Thoolagal", "Doolagahl", "Quinken", "Yahoo", "Jingera", "Jimbra", "Gooligah", "Yaroma". That's a lot of names for a creature that supposedly does not exist.


Yowies are mostly spotted on the Eastern coast of Australia, Most sightings seem to occur in NSW, QLD and Vic but sightings have been reported in almost every other state. Most Yowie sightings seem to occur in remote mountainous rocky terrain covered in thick bush. Areas such as The Blue Mountains, Hornsby, Coonabarabran. Are all such types of areas - other areas seem to be flatter thick bush land. With this in mind it its the perfect place for a creature of this size to hide. These places are hard to access by vehicle, and foot, provide plenty of hiding places and have many caves and rocky outcrops for Yowies to dwell. With the encroachment of building developments getting increasingly closer the bush sightings will invariably increase or push the Yowie further into remote bushlands.

Because of my work I do a lot of traveling, and just looking at the country side along the side of freeways and roads makes you realize the vastness of this great country of ours, you very soon begin the think that there must be thousands of places humans have never set foot. Perhaps because of this vast forest and inhospitable terrain of the Australian bush is the reason the Yowie has kept itself hidden from us for so long.


Yowies are generally described as a large mammal, ape-like in appearance with black, brown or reddish fur 4-6 inches long covering most of the body except the face. The head is shrunken into the shoulders and their eyes are bright red when reflected in light. They stand erect between 6-10 ft tall and walk with a stooped gait. Feet are believed to be between 13" to 20". Most people also describe an strong unpleasant smell which accompanies an encounter. Yowies are believed to be omnivorous and will eat just about anything that is convenient. Fruit, roots, witchedy grubs, to road kill - they even been seen raiding garbage tips. Yowies let themselves known to be around by heavy stomping, shrieks, loud growling and grunting noises. I has been suggested that the howling noises are in fact mating calls. 

Yowies seem to be Nocturnal and are seen more often at night. They also create interesting structures from branches in a Tepee like style in the forks of trees. They show their strength by snapping off small trees at the base.

Why people don't believe

As I stated before I am not a believer and I am not a non-believer I believe in the possibility of creature existing but I have never seen one. I am a person who needs to see to believe. And perhaps that is the way it is with most people. Seeing is believing - furthermore most people probably couldn't give a damn if a bush ape existed or not. Some of the reasons why most lay people don't believe in Yowies is that there is no hard evidence. There are no bodies, no modern skeletal remains, no faeces, few photographs and very little video footage. 

Why people do believe

Literally thousands of eye witness reports - ranging from one person to up to 30 witnesses at a time. The description of each Yowie witnessed matches the descriptions of the thousands of other sightings. Plaster casts of hundreds of Yowie/Bigfoot feet. Aboriginal legends (not to mention the universal legends of Bigfoot from almost every continent) which go back thousands of years. This is strong evidence that Skeptical societies always forget mention. All legends have some glimmer of truth to them. Yowies are an evolutionary and scientific possibility however how remote.

Yowie Hotspots

The Blue Mountains.
Bateman's Bay.
Barrington Tops.
Wattagan Mountains.

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Egypt's mysterious canid

The Salaawa

A report from Egypt's interior ministry on the 8th Oct 1996 tells of unknown animals that have been responsible for vicious night-time attacks in Armant a city on the east bank of the Nile River 500km south of Cairo. 

Folklore has it that these creatures inhabit ancient tombs in the nearby Valley of the Kings. It is claimed that this animal has killed 3 people and injured dozens in a series of nocturnal attacks. 

Following 23 attacks in just two weeks in Quattamiya, police set up patrols in the district and ordered residents to stay indoors. The animal responsible was eventually killed, but only after savaging an entire family. Some reports say that one creature was shot and wounded and the others was shot dead. Apparently the wounded specimen was sent to a local veterinary unit in Armant for examination. Another report says that two were killed.

Some eyewitnesses say that the animal resembles a large Hyena but most say the creature looks like a dog or wolf. Others claim it has supernatural powers the ability to change shape and jump high in the air.

The local people call the creature Salaawa a common term for Female Ghoul. One theory is that this unknown canid has have recently migrated north from the Sudan in search of food. Some claim that Salaawa's body is invincible when they threw it on a fire, it's would not burn.

It is claimed by some Egyptologists and Ancient Egyptian enthusiasts that Salaawa is in fact the creature that the Ancient Egyptian deity Set is based upon. In Egyptian hieroglyphs Set is depicted as a man with the head of an unknown beast. He is also depicted as a canid or dog like animal with square ears and a forked tail. Could this unknown animal known as the Salaawa be in fact the very animal they ancient Egyptians held in such high regard in the fact that it was fearless, strong, vicious and a survivor. The colour associated with Set was red - if we look carefully at the supposed picture above of the Salaawa you will notice a red patch of fur around the animals neck perhaps this is a connection between the Salaawa and the Set Animal. An Ancient Egyptian Dynasty of Pharaohs were named after Set i.e. Seti I and II along with Ramses the great. They were all strongly linked to the Set cult in ancient Egypt. Ironically enough they all had red hair. 

At this point this is all the information I can find regarding the Salaawa hopefully in the future this creature will be classified and be understood as part of recognized Zoology.

Update: A friend has recently pointed out to me that what I believed was a red patch of fur around the animals neck, could in fact be the result of an ingrown dog collar. If this is the case, the above picture could simply be of a stray dog. This photograph (above) was given to the Animal X Mystery Unit whilst investigating the Salaawa attacks when filming in Egypt.

Does a giant prehistoric Shark still lurk the depths?



The megalodon, Carcharodon megalodon, was a giant prehistoric shark that probably lived between about 16 to 1.6 million years ago. It is the biggest known carnivorous fish to have ever lived.

The megalodon is known principally from fossil teeth and a few fossilized vertebral centra. As with all other sharks, the skeleton of megalodon was formed of cartilage and not bone, resulting in the poor skeletal fossil record. However, megalodon's large teeth have survived the ages. The teeth are in many ways similar to great white shark teeth but are much larger and can measure up to more than 17.78 cm. 

Recent studies cited by Roesch suggest megalodon was a "close relative" of the great white shark.

While most mainstream experts contend that available evidence suggests that the megalodon is extinct, the idea of a relict population seems to have seized the public imagination, but evidence supporting such ideas is generally seen as both scant and ambiguous.

Below is a possible megalodon account from Port Stephens, NSW, Australia 1918.

In the year 1918 I recorded the sensation that had been caused among the "outside" crayfish men at Port Stephens, when, for several days, they refused to go to sea to their regular fishing grounds in the vicinity of Broughton Island. The men had been at work on the fishing grounds—which lie in deep water—when an immense shark of almost unbelievable proportions put in an appearance, lifting pot after pot containing many crayfishes, and taking, as the men said, "pots, mooring lines and all". These crayfish pots, it should be mentioned, were about 3 feet 6 inches [1.06 m] in diameter and frequently contained from two to three dozen good-sized crayfish each weighing several pounds. The men were all unanimous that this shark was something the like of which they had never dreamed of. In company with the local Fisheries Inspector I questioned many of the men very closely and they all agreed as to the gigantic stature of the beast. But the lengths they gave were, on the whole, absurd. I mention them, however, as a indication of the state of mind which this unusual giant had thrown them into. And bear in mind that these were men who were used to the sea and all sorts of weather, and all sorts of sharks as well. One of the crew said the shark was "three hundred feet [90 m] long at least"! Others said it was as long as the wharf on which we stood—about 115 feet [35 m]! They affirmed that the water "boiled" over a large space when the fish swam past. They were all familiar with whales, which they had often seen passing at sea, but this was a vast shark. They had seen its terrible head which was "at least as long as the roof on the wharf shed at Nelson Bay." Impossible, of course! But these were prosaic and rather stolid men, not given to 'fish stories' nor even to talking about their catches. Further, they knew that the person they were talking to (myself) had heard all the fish stories years before! One of the things that impressed me was that they all agreed as to the ghostly whitish color of the vast fish. The local Fisheries Inspector of the time, Mr Paton, agreed with me that it must have been something really gigantic to put these experienced men into such a state of fear and panic."


Cryptozoologists maintain that the Megalodon could still exist.




Does a prehistoric marsupial Tiger still roam the Aussie bush?

Illustration of the Queensland tiger. Image Credit: Cryptozoology A to Z by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark 1999

Not to be confused with the Tasmanian Tiger. Queensland Tigers are medium sized carnivorous marsupial striped cats. The Tiger has been in aboriginal folklore for centuries and has been spotted by white Australians since colonization.

In the 1940-50's a series of sightings occurred in North Queensland's tropical rainforests. Also witnesses encountered a striped tiger like beast around Maryborough and Gympie. Several expeditions have gone out to try and catch a tiger many times but with no success.

The animal is described as about the size of a German Shepherd with a big cats head with black stripes across its back.

It apparently rips the guts out of its prey using razor sharp front claws. The Queensland Tiger has been known to attack livestock as well as native animals such as Kangaroos and Wallabies etc. 

Some researchers believe that the QLD Tiger is a descendant of the fossil Marsupial Lion, The Thylacoleo.

The Queensland Tiger is also known as the "Beast of Buderim" various sightings occurred around this area.

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Source: Cryptozoology A-Z by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark 1999

Giant Monitor Lizard?

Megalania, also known as the Giant Goanna or Monitor Lizard is an Australian Cryptic reptile. Reportedly to be a relict survivor of the megafuana animal Megalania priscawhich existed 40,000 years ago in mainland Australia. Early Aboriginals would have no doubt encountered this mega creature.

The size of the actual animal by fossil records show a reptile 7 meters (23 ft), with a maximum conservative weight of approximately 1940 kg (4,268 lbs). It was the largest land dwelling lizard to have ever lived.

Megalania has been likened to the Komodo Dragon but it is genetically related to the Perenite a large Goanna found West of the Great Dividing Range. Meglania's diet would have consisted of large animals and other Mega fauna such as the Diprodoton, reptiles and smaller mammals. 

Some Cryptozoologists claim that the Megalania still exists in remote parts of Australia. And sightings have even occurred as recently as the 1990's in New Guinea as well as Australia.

A notable Australian Cryptozoologist believes the reptile still exists and has a plaster he made of the giant reptile in 1979.