It seems like just about every culture on the globe comes with its own legend of a hulking, apelike semi-human or proto-human creature – from the Yeti (or Abominable Snowman) of the Himalayan mountain range to the Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot) of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and literally dozens of others. Australia is no exception to the rule, as there are many legends about a simian beast believed to dwell in the wilderness in all parts of the continent. Known by many names depending on the region and culture, it's most commonly referred to as the “Yowie,” or “Yahoo.”
Tales of this creature can be traced back to ancient Aboriginal folklore, where they are described as a hairy, ape-type species, with some legends adding eerie details like clawed feet and unnatural speed. European colonists documented their accounts of similar ape-men in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and Yowie sightings are still being reported today all around the continent, as recently as last year. According to the Australian Yowie Research site, some Yowie studiers theorize the creature could be a form of the hominid species Australopithecus.
Much like Bigfoot and the Yeti, accounts of the Yowie have been documented in heavily-researched books, covered in various fiction and nonfiction media (there are hundreds of Yowie-themed YouTube videos out there) and fully entrenched in Australia's popular culture. The creature was recently the subject of an award-winning comic short, which you can watch right here: