Located next to Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre, Yowie Park provides a tranquil lagoon, scenic parklands to explore and Kilcoy’s Yowie statue.
Yowie Park features toilets, barbecue, picnic tables, playground, parking, large open spaces, grassed areas, shady trees and a lagoon abundant with birdlife.
KILCOY’S YOWIE AND IT’S SIGNIFICANCE
A Yowie is a mystifying creature believed by many to inhabit the rugged mountain ranges surrounding Kilcoy. Many residents have claimed to have seen a Yowie, although no conclusive evidence supports these sightings.
In 1979 two teenagers claimed they saw the Yowie at Sandy Creek, four kilometres north of Kilcoy. They described the creature as being two to three metres tall, covered in chocolate coloured hair. It took giant thumping strides and could be heard for hundreds of metres. The teenagers said they shot at the creature, saw large footprints and found branches removed from trees which they claimed it had climbed.
Another sighting occurred in 1993 when a farming family believed that somebody was harassing them on their Mt Kilcoy/Sandy Creek property. Early one evening several friends gathered together at the property to scare the person away and saw a five to six foot tall creature making its way through the grass towards the house. The group then aimed their rifles above the creature to scare it off, which they did. The Yowie retreated into bushland. The Yowie was seen for a few consecutive nights on the property, then no further sightings were reported.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR KILCOY YOWIE ADVENTURE
- Take your picture with the Kilcoy Yowie statue
- Try a delicious Yowie burger in Kilcoy
- Drink a Yowie Coffee at Yowie Park
- Visit the Yowie Country Markets on the second and last Saturday of the month in Yowie Park
- You might even be lucky enough to see a Yowie at a Kilcoy winery
- Keep an eye out for Yowie experiences at businesses throughout Kilcoy
Yowies are large humanoid mammals ranging from 2.1 to 3.6 metres tall
- Fur colour ranges from rusty red to dark brown and black
- They are reported to have a strong odour similar to rotten eggs
- They are nocturnal
- Their manner varies from shy to overly aggressive
- They are thought to be very intelligent creatures
- Yowie is believed to be an adaptation of the Aboriginal names ‘Yuuri’ and ‘Yown’
- There have been thousands of Yowie sightings reported
- The last reported Yowie sighting in Kilcoy was in 2007
Yowie Park is a birdwatchers paradise and is sure to impress. Keep an eye out for quails, ducks, swamphens, herons, egrets, curlew, kestrel, sparrowhawk, doves, parrots, cuckoo, owls, kingfisher and more.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning sunset hue over the parkland and it’s surrounds.
Take the time to explore entire grounds.
- Read the displays located around the lagoon – learn about native flora and fauna
- Visit the environmental interpretive centre at Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre
- Complete the walk of valour around the lake
- Visit Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery, Hall of History and Craft Cottage
- Pack a picnic
- Throw a football, play a game of cricket in the park
- Bring a hat and sunscreen
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VISIT YOWIE PARK – KILCOY
Located at the western entrance to Kilcoy township, next door to Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre, Yowie Park is the perfect place to relax. Enjoy a chilled out day at Yowie Park, Kilcoy. Drop into the Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre for more information on Kilcoy and to pick up a town map to explore on your own.
Kilcoy Visitor Information Centre
41 Hope Street, Kilcoy
(07) 5422 0440
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am to 2pm
Open public holidays 9am to 2pm
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day
Information sourced from: Bits ‘n Pieces – Book 36, Kilcoy and District Historical Society, Yowie Park, Kilcoy.
Kilcoy still gets a wow out of its Yowie, Courier Mail, 15 June, 1991. Australian Yowie Research www.yowiehunters.com.au.
Unexplained Australia www.unexplainedaustralia.com.