Descriptions of this creature do not agree, though it is well known throughout Australia. The contemporary translation of bunyip by aboriginal Australians is ‘evil spirit’. Though physical descriptions disagree, the bunyip is said to dwell by lakes, rivers, and pools of water, and is hostile to humans.
There are several theories about the origin of the bunyip. It may have originated in aboriginal mythology, or be associated with the diprotodon (giant wombat) which is now extinct. Other theories say it may be a seal that wandered inland, or a crocodile. The myth may have been propagated during the depression, when tramps and vagrants took to the road, and may have lived around swamps and rivers.
Bunyip is sometimes used interchangeably with yowie which is similar to a yeti/bigfoot/sasquatch type creature.
- Legend of the Three Sisters – Father tries to save his daughters from an evil bunyip.
- What are Bunyips and Yowies? – Information on possible origins and famous sightings.
Related Creatures: Yowie/Yeti, lake cryptid
Region of Origin: Australia
Ahh this is our first creature from Australia! Any suggestions for what country I should peruse next?