Ben thinks he's going to rope, tie and brand a yowie? Has he lost it?
The friendly and idyllic rural town of Kilcoy is just 94km from Brisbane and 76km from the Sunshine Coast and boasts a combination of rolling farmland, recreational lakes, rugged mountains and beautiful forests.
Everything was going along quite normally in the area until in 1979 when two 16-year-old Brisbane boys claimed to have seen the mythical creatures known as a "yowie" at Sandy Creek, four kilometres north of Kilcoy. They stumbled across a mass of hair, bone, fangs and a memorable stench and the yowie legend was born.
The yowie is Australia’s version of the Himalayan Yeti and the North American Big Foot. It is said to be a half-ape/half-man and covered in dark fur, long arms and scavenges in the forest, breaking trees and leaving huge footprints.
Since 1979 there have been hundreds of sightings of the beast and folklore is so strong Kilcoy has dedicated a park to the creature and commissioned a three metre tall wooden statue in its honour.
Yowies have in fact have been sighted all over Australia and the Australian Yowie Research (AYR), based in south-east Queensland, collects data on all strange phenomena. All members of the AYR work full-time and the organisation is self-funded. The group believe they are very close to capturing conclusive proof of the creature's existence.
While you are in Kilcoy you may or may not see a yowie, but you will certainly see many references to the elusive creature.
The service station near Yowie Park sells "genuine yowie burgers", the Stanley Pub sells yowie steaks and the Exchange Hotel has a cocktail called a Yowie Donger.
Even non-believers and sceptics admit the story is great for the town. It attracts tourists and while there is no official bounty of capturing one, it would certainly provide international fame to the person able to produce a live one!
Kilcoy, 1½ hours north of Brisbane.
Yowie Burgers at the service station are $5.20. A Yowie T-bone steak at the Stanley Hotel is $16.95. A Yowie Donger cocktail at the Exchange Hotel is $5.50. Yowie searching is free of charge.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Kilcoy Shire Council
15 Kennedy Street Kilcoy 4515
Ph: (07) 5422 4900www.kilcoy.qld.gov.au