In Australia, there are have been almost 10,000 reported sightings of an ape-man like creature, called a Yowie. The first official reported sighting of the creature by a white man was reported in 1790 in local Newspapers in a town now known as Sydney. During the 1800's numerous reports followed throughout the country. The creature was described as an ape or an ape like man. The earliest known Southern sighting was reported in 1849 on Phillip Island, Victoria. It states that several people had observed a creature, which was 6-7ft (2 metres)tall that resembled a half Baboon - half man. Across the border in South Australia at approximately the same time during the 1840's, reports were hitting the newspapers about the indigenous peoples telling their stories of the "Narcoonah" (Yowie) which lived in their area. In Western Australia in the1800's, three men on expedition told of their meeting with a Yowie , which resembled an ape. Then in April 1871, a man named George Osbourne saw an ape like creature amble down a tree and scared his horse.
There are said to be at least two types or species of Yowie: The large Yowie is normally between 6-10ft (2-3 metres)and the smaller variety that is roughly 4-5ft.(1.6 metres)
There were a set of reports arose in the 1970s following the sighting of some large (too large to be a human), humanlike tracks by an Australian Air Force surveying team on Sentinel Mountain. Then in the late 1970s Rex Gilroy founded the Yowie Research Center and now has over 3,000 sightings documented . Rex Gilroy, an expert on the Yowie , took plaster casts of footprints in Blue Mountains . He said sightings on the Newell Highway go back to the 1870's with newspaper reports of a creature seen by a government wagonette driver. In 2007 a group of tourists found giant apelike footprints in road side bush, similar to experiences in recent months of truck drivers in that area. Mr Gilroy says similar reports have come from Lismore and Kyogle areas on the NSW north coast. A farmer riding a horse saw a man sized hairy creature in a green area a few miles from town. Another farmer was approached by an apelike creature bigger than a man while exploring mountains near Lismore. On the Gold Coast a hiker saw a 12 ft (approx 4 metres)creature in a rainforest watching him from trees outside Nerang.
More recent sightings have been:
August 2009: The Mount George area. Faye Burke and Alana Garnett left Wingham to drive towards Cundle Flat. The car was approaching Connelly's Creek Gap about 200 metres from the top of the hill when they looked back up at the road and saw ahead in the headlights a large hairy animal on the side of the winding road. They described it as being about eight feet (2.6 metres)tall and four feet (1.3 metres)wide.
October 2009 : MATTHEW Jones was packing boxes for a house move in his garage in Canberra .He suddenly noticed a stocky, hairy creature standing staring at him. The creature, was covered in hair, with long arms that almost touched the ground
May 2011 a motorist reportedly spotted a creature near Centenary Dr, north of Grafton.The motorist was from Hunter Valley and drove for a living. He was travelling south along the Pacific Hwy, north of Grafton just before 2.30am when he took the Centenary Dr bypass. Shortly after turning into the road he saw something like a large man in a shaggy overcoat. He said he didn’t have his lights on as it was still bright. The driver was very shaken by what he saw.
In view of the claimed recent discoveries in Siberia of proof or the Yeti , will the Yowie be found next?