This isn’t the first time the town has had reports of a yowie sighting. Locals from Jimna, a rural town with a population of just 91 people, have also reportedly seen evidence of the alleged yowie.
The creature is generally described as a hairy, apelike beast between 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in) and 3.6 m (12 ft). Some report the yowie as timid or shy, while others say a yowie can be violent or aggressive.
“It definitely was a scary moment for me. As I said, I was so confused and shook at what we were seeing, and as we got closer and closer it didn’t make sense like you’d hope,” Slocock-Bennett said.
He said they went on some hikes afterwards, to try and see the creature again, but had no luck.
Fitzgerald added that he had never previously believed in such creatures or conspiracies, but his reported yowie sighting has encouraged him to go out and have another look.
“I’m very intrigued to find out what other people have seen and experienced,” he added.