As an Australian chocolate fan or 90’s kid might relate the Yowie to chocolate shaped out of plump little creatures. Well, I did. But at the back of my mind, the ball started rolling to uncover the story. I’d heard in passing, to look into it a little further.


Although before the 1990’s, long before that, embedded in the story of the Australian Aboriginal people. It is a story of a very tall creature, covered in red hair, like a Homo Erectus. That’s a scientific term, for an extinct humanoid creature. The Yowie is similar to the Bigfoot, and similar creatures across other continents.


[Homo Erectus fishing. By Henry Gilbert and Kathy Schick | CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons]

They live in family groups, male and female of the species are similar physique to male and female, homo sapiens (humans). Reports say Yowies speak in growling voices, in a foreign language, a statement described it as Latin.

These creatures have been very elusive despite having been seen since before colonisation and has been part of cave drawings where koalas and kangaroos. These displays led researchers to believe the Aboriginal people saw this creature. That it has to have existed in the real world. Although usually, a lack of evidence. However, paleontologists found evidence of 40 Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens in Kow Swamp near the Murray River. Yowie bones have not as of yet been found unless they are among and look like Homo Erectus bones as some in the cryptid community believe. They are intelligent creatures, living in communities who have some form of ritual to honour the deceased person and this is why remains aren’t found like other animals. Mysterious tracks are seen and creatures sighted from far away.

Some people think this may give answer some of the unexplained disappearances of people. Although without finding their home and place they bed down for the day or night depending on their sleeping habits it’s hard for law enforcement and families grieving with such an option.

Yowie Highway – Queensland

Truck drivers transporting goods along Highways in Queensland.

Yowie theories

The lack of evidence leaves Yowies open to all sorts of theories from it was a story to explain an unknown, through to a trans-dimensional creature. Bright Garlick discusses in the Youtube video below his encounter with a female Yowie person, called Tareatha, who has a deep growling voice.

It does appear the Yowie could come in and out of our natural world. One thing we know about ghosts they’re able to travel too and some leave physical evidence behind. Such as moving things, and if the Yowie, a form of the Homo Erectus is a ghost travelling across the land, planting their feet in our soil and engaging with the land they loved, is it so implausible? If we accept there are ghosts of humans (Homo Sapiens), and animal ghosts, could the Yowie be the ghost of the extinct Homo Erectus?

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Or was the Yowie merely a story that the Indigenous people told to create boundaries? Keeping the community especially the young people close together to home and not wandering off in the dark? When the colonisers came, was it a fear of the unknown and seeing big scary creatures that were played upon by the stories from the local people? What do you think?

You can read records of people seeing Yowie’s dating back to 1900s at Australian Yowie Research.


This picture is of a statue in Queensland where lots of Yowie sightings have occurred.

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