Is something unknown living cryptically hidden away in the Australian wilderness? I think so but I can't prove it.. and I don't think anyone can to an average person's satisfaction. About the year 2010 I was intrigued to stumble upon a myriad of historical newspaper clippings wonderfully curated by the Australian National Library.
Dating back to the beginning of European settlement, and continuing to be reported in newspapers across the country for the following two hundred years, were reports of large, hair covered wild men lurking in the dense forests that cover the eastern seaboard of the Australian continent.
Around 2010 I discovered I wasn't alone in wanting to learn more about the source of the reports of supposedly mythical beasts, who are often described as bipedal ape men, reports that continue to this day. I have met several people over the years, who seem, and that I can only assume are sane, who claim to have witnessed these creatures in the course of their wanderings in the bush.
I have met many people who today make it their missions to actively research, and endeavor to secure validation of their experiences by obtaining proof of a living, breathing Australian hairy man living in the forests of the Great Dividing Range and Coastal Mountains, from the State of Victoria, north to the very tip of the State of Queensland.
Personally intrigued, for several years I joined these inquiring people in placing remote cameras and audio recorders in alleged sighting areas in the hope of capturing some form of evidence. In fact I became so obsessed with this endeavour that for about 5 years I regularly placed equipment in remote locations, sometimes several times a week, and also spent many, many hours reviewing thousands of captured images and countless hours of audio recordings and started several youtube channels to present my 'impending' and 'ground breaking' evidence to a waiting public. All this was to be to no avail in the quest for there was never a photographic image of substance captured. Over time these channels were deleted.
I did however capture several audio recordings that I was, at times, totally convinced 'must be them' only to be brought back to a more sensible reality by observers doubting the numerously captured recording's validity. Put simply what sounded to me like definate bipedal stepping sounded, to someone else, just like a wallaby hopping or grazing.
I recently, after a nearly two year break from my previous obsessive activity, started another youtube channel with the aim of reviving my activity and recording my progress in the continued search for definitive proof. As I write this I have paused to put the videos I have recently made to private with the possibility of deleting the channel in the future for no other reason than I do not wish to join the existing myriads of channels pushing out yowie videos, also with no real results, and for no other purpose than apparent self seeking vanity.
I have also noticed a veritable explosion in Facebook groups dealing with the subject of yowies, and more recently the new and doubtful phenomenon of 'dogmen'. All these groups appear to only post vague captures of foliage, and drawing circles and 'dot eyes' on photographs of bushland scenes taken randomly then analysed at a later time for anomalies such as faces and obscure shadows.
At the risk of offending many of the practitioners of this method the process simply confirms the laws of paradoilia. The mind can see anything it wants to see if you look hard enough. Unfortunately this phenomenon is also accompanied by numerous supportive comments the likes of 'That must be the Alpha male' etc...
Put honestly after 8 years of concerted effort trying at least a dozen differing methods in an attempt to obtain an image that would be reasonable to show an average person, these groups are kidding themselves and doing honest, diligent research no favours at all.
Where to from here? Ive recently taken a step back and had the time to review the outcomes, and my beliefs, after five years of active research over my active period.
One.. I believe a trail camera, or any camera with a limited Infra-red trigger will ever capture an image of a yowie. I have seen absolutely no definitive capture even vaguely resembling an image of the creatures reported by witnesses taken by any researcher who has made their results public.
I have had several theories over time to explain this fact but frankly there is no reasonable explanation to be had except the possibility that they can detect the Infa-red light spectrum and avoid it.
Two.. I believe it is impossible to enter an area and stalk them without them knowing about your presence. Again I do not know why this is. I have had many theories about this as well over time but now simply think that they must be so intimately attuned to their environment that by the use of at least one of five of their senses they can detect an intruder long before a camera can be raised.
Three.. I believe they do make noise and that this 'weakness' in their armament of stealth can be exploited, and has been done so, effectively by one Far South Coast N.S.W. researcher I know.
I think, at this stage in the evolution of Yowie Research, if any substantial evidence is to be collected it with be by the way of analysed audio recordings.
And finally.. After years of arguing on a well known research forum:
that we are only dealing with a stealthy flesh and blood creature, with no supernatural aspects to its existence, I am now open to the often extraordinary suggestions sometimes advocated.
I have decided that my past views on what is, or is not, a yowie were based merely on an arrogant and unknowable supersition. I am reminded of a Koori mate years ago who, when telling me of his people's South Coast 'Dooligah' and my apparent efforts to record one, that I'd never catch one because they are spiritual beings.
I can't dispute now his Indigenous view of the reality of Yowies. I have seen no concrete evidence, that would stand up in a court of law, or sustain scientific scrutiny, in close on a decade of looking. All I know is personally I think Yowies are real, it's just their reality that confounds me.