A Queensland truckie claims he eye-balled a hulking 3-metre tall Yowie in broad daylight before it punched his bonnet and melted into the bush.
The delivery driver, identified only as Gary, says he was driving in the bushy Gold Coast hinterland on a November morning last year when he rounded a sharp right bend at Witheren and had the experience of his life.
He slammed on his brakes after spotting what he thought was a boulder tumbling down a steep slope and onto the road. But then it moved.
Gary says he watched as the creature unfurled huge, hairy limbs and stood upright before locking eyes with him through the truck's windscreen.
"It wasn't a rock at all," Gary has told Yowie hunter Dean Harrison in an interview shared on social media.
"This thing scared the absolute crap out of me."
He said the creature was a towering beast, its navel level with the truck's bonnet 6-feet (1.8 metres) off the ground. And he reckons it would have weighed close to 400kg.
At first the Yowie - with its small head and over-sized body - seemed somehow shocked or embarrassed as it stood in the full glare of day at 10am on that November morning.
But then it got mad.
"He slapped, or punched the centre of the bonnet of my truck. It was like I had hit a small car," the truckie said.
"He was so tall, he had to reach down to hit the truck. Just before he hit the truck, he grunted. It wasn't a scream or a cry, or a howl but a loud grunt.
"It was hairy, it had hair probably two inches long all over its body ... It had a round face, like a chimpanzee."
While Gary was still trying to make sense of what he was seeing, the creature turned and vanished into the bush.
Gary does not want to be identified, fearing being labelled a "loon".
Mr Harrison, the yowie hunter, understands that but he's not bothered by those who doubt the Yowie's existence.
He's sure they are out there, having tracked scores of sightings across Australia for the past 20 years. He says he's even been attacked by a Yowie not once, but twice.
As far as Yowie sightings go, Gary's is a good one, Mr Harrison says.
"This is astounding, he had such a clear view of it. Amazing," he told AAP, adding the truck driver got such a good look at the creature that he was able to draw it.
He says his years of tracking work indicate Yowies are most likely to be spotted along the Great Dividing Range, with the Blue Mountains the nation's hotspot for encounters.
"People chose not to believe it but that is of no consequence to me - we believe based on the facts we are presented with. People should be vigilant and aware these things do exist."
Mr Harrison said park rangers had reported close encounters and strange activity in the bush that they could not explain.
Let's be clear, there is no proof that Yowies exist. There is no hard evidence, no specimens, no bones, but plenty of reported sightings.
But similar sightings have been reported all over the world, where these creatures are also called Sasquatch, Yeti or Bigfoot.
In Australia, it's the Yowie. But their existence hasn't been conclusively proven or verified by science and most stories rest on folklore or eyewitness reports.
WHAT IS A YOWIE?
The Yowie has roots in Aboriginal oral history and according to folklore, is a creature of the Outback.
The Kuku Yalanji Tribe of far north Queensland claims to have coexisted with the Yowie for centuries. They have a long and detailed history of attacks by the Yowie in their legends.
The Yowie is the Australian equivalent of the US Sasquatch of Native American tribal lore.
WHAT ABOUT THE SO-CALLED SIGHTINGS?
Yowie hunter Dean Harrison claims there have been thousands of sightings of the Yowie - or "hairy man" -
The first 'official' Yowie report was made in Sydney in 1790.
WHERE ARE THE MOST RECENT SIGHTINGS?
The Blue Mountains in NSW is a hub for reported Yowie sightings, followed by the Sunshine and Gold coasts in Queensland. Reported sightings have also increased recently in Western Australia around the Mandurah area.
WHERE DO THEY LIVE?
They're apparently adept at blending into the bush and prefer the eastern seaboard along the Great Dividing Range.
They can range large distances, but Mr Harrison says the Yowie does have a 'home' territory and operates in family units.
WHY HAVE NO BODIES BEEN FOUND?
Mr Harrison believes Yowie family groups operate as a community to take care of their dead.
Australian Associated Press
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