Quest to find yowie in Coast's Hinterland
Andrew PottsAUSTRALIA'S leading yowie hunter is preparing to lead a team of 12 people in to the Gold Coast Hinterland in a bid to prove the legend exists. Over the years, yowie hunters and tourists have come to the Hinterland in search of the beast, but veteran hunter Rex Gilroy is determined he will succeed. The first reported sighting at Springbrook was made in 1886 by local indigenous tribes. More famous than that, though, was a sighting in 1979 when Bill O'Chee, later a Nationals senator, spotted what he said was a yowie while on camp with 20 fellow students from The Southport School. Mr Gilroy, the Australian Yowie Research Centre director, will begin his search next month."I have a few plaster casts of large footprints from the Hinterland, which interestingly enough match similar prints found near Coffs Harbour," he said.