The mysterious Gympie pyramid, plus Yowie encounter in the deep bush

The mysterious Gympie pyramid, plus Yowie encounter in the deep bush, by SunBôw

Yesterday, a Kadaicha or feather-foot shaman named Trevor took me first to the mysterious and controversial Gympie pyramid site, and later in the deep bush to spend the night on my own, where the Yowie, or Bungalong as they are called by the local Kabi Kabi tribe, came to meet me. Mainstream sources like wikipedia dismiss too easily the Gympie pyramid as a post-colonial construction built either by Italian or Swiss farmers in the late 1800’s, as terraces to grow vines. Yet, a deeper investigation proves otherwise.

The now famous pyramid was practically unknown until the 1970’s, when a local Original Elder decided to come out publicly and let the world know about it. In the 1970’s, the local Kabi Kabi tribe reclaimed the forgotten mound then known as Rocky Ridge, which they call Djaki Kundu, as a site of important significance in their ancestral history. It was then popularized in 1975 through writings by researcher Rex Gilroy, who claimed he had discovered it. He later became certainly the most famous Yowie researcher in Australia and also investigated hidden archaeology. Gilroy made some questionable assumptions, for instance by quoting non-existing sources in his books, or describing the Yowie as relict Homo Erectus who were hairless but mistakenly perceived as hairy men for wearing kangaroo skins, or by presenting random strange looking rocks as ancient hominin skulls. But apart from Gilroy, several other authors and researchers have studied the Gympie pyramid site.

(For more details, read my last book HAIRY HUMANOIDS FROM THE WILD)

Old photos allegedly representing the Gympie pyramid were later debunked as showing other locations. Yet, the mystery remains and deeper research shows that there is much more to this site than covered by most previous authors. Stone statues found there show an ape-like figure (or Yowie?) which is still kept at the local museum, as well as a four-armed Hindu goddess and an elephant-headed deity reminding of the Hindu Ganesha, according to some authors, although these last two artifacts were either stolen or lost.

Australian Original Peoples were not known to carve stone statues nor to build pyramidal structures, adding to the mystery. Another clue which is the most often cited is the walls of polygonal granite blocks that was built around an old school in Gympie, now a tennis court, and a Uniting church with the eloquent name of Surface Hill, although it is not really built on a hill. The stones were provided in 1937 by an anonymous donor and represent the only example of polygonal construction blocks found in Australia.

Some photos I took yesterday:

Polygonal blocks are typical of ancient megalithic constructions and are found across the Pacific, on Easter Island, in the Andes, in Mexico, as well as in India, China, Japan, Egypt, and in Mediterranean Europe, among other places. Their extreme complexity in shapes and assemblage requires extra work and skills, so they are not found in buildings of common use, but rather in important ceremonial buildings such as temples or palaces.

By 1937, trucks and tractors were available to remove and displace the stones, but their rough re-assemblage in town show some lack of accuracy and precision, as compared to ancient monuments. Note that Gympie, as most Australian towns, has a well evidenced masonic temple and masonic monuments, and that the church bears the word ”masons”. Since then, the monument has been defaced and most of its original walls destroyed.

Other less known facts about Gympie add to the mystery. Some reports mention the discovery of ancient signs of gold mining and smelting, and Gympie was first built as a gold mining town. While digging tunnels, minors discovered bottomless vertical shafts, perfectly round and smooth, that went deeper than five kilometers into the ground. Those parts of the mines were sealed and concealed, at least in the official version.

On the summit of the pyramid mound, there was a well whose location is still visible, which was said to always hold water. The Originals knew they could always find water on that Rocky Ridge top, even in dry season. Twenty-seven years ago, one Elder did a ceremony there and put a beer cap in it to tap the spring, and it has been dry since; but soon after he had a grave accident and has been impaired ever since.

Gympie also stands at the meeting point of three major ley lines connecting at sixty degree angles: one running roughly east to west towards the alignment of the three biggest rock formations of this land, Attila, Uluru and Kata Tjuta; one going west-south-west through the Piliga pyramids towards the world’s oldest stone circles and arrangements in Victoria forming a large triangle; and one running south-south-east through the Glass House Mountains to the Australian Stonehenge in Mullumbimby, a megalithic arrangement considered as the oldest one on Earth, that was destroyed in the 1940’s, but the stone were marked in order, relocated about a mile away and recently found. It is quite significant that two of the most intriguing and important archaeological sites in Australia were destroyed during those years, as to erase traces of past history. There are reasons to believe that some powers did not want this knowledge to come out about ancient civilizations and tried to block and control the energy of ley lines.

When we drove to Gympie, we passed by the Mounts Coolum, Cooroy and Pomona, that are roughly pyramidal in shape and generally aligned on a south-east line from Gympie.

Who built the Gympie pyramid and when remains a mystery, as the site has been plundered and destroyed in the most part. Today there is still a stepped mound standing about 100 feet high and about 200 to 300 feet wide at the base, with some partial stone walls left and piles of rocks at the summit, but signs of desecration are also obvious.

Since the Aborigines did not make this type of construction, they have been ruled out. The most often proposed theories suggest that it was constructed by Egyptians, backed by the Gosford hieroglyphs further down the coast, by Hindus as suggested by ancient Vedic scriptures and the statues allegedly found on site, by Incas as there are prickly pear cactus growing at the summit while Australia has no native species of cactus, by Chinese as it resembles observation platforms built by them, or by Pacific islanders from Tonga, as the Tongan empire reached from Indonesia to New Zealand a millennium ago and they also built stepped stone structures. There are also theories that the construction was the work of extraterrestrials, without much evidence to support it. Gold mining might be a clue, but the site might have been occupied by successive cultures and we might never know the whole story since it has been suppressed, hidden and officially ”debunked”.

There are plenty of websites addressing the Gympie pyramid, many unworthy of attention and a few interesting ones. Do your on research and figure it out yourself. What we know is that the site was purchased in 2005 by the Dhamurian Society, an obscure group meant to investigate the pyramid that has done nothing more than try to ”debunk” it. Today, the pyramid is threatened to be completely flattened and erased by a road construction project of the government of Queensland, which is strongly opposed by the Original custodians who have been posting signs  for years to protect the place they call Djaki Kundu and reported logging and further desecration recently, but their signs are being put down and replaced by signs from the transportation department. Soon, if nothing is done to save this ancient sacred site, it might be only a vague memory.


After our visit to Gympie, we drove through various forested places, while Trevor shared the many Yowie stories he knew about those locations and knowledge of the Originals. Trevor was electrocuted many years ago and clinically died for an amazing 45 minutes, during which he met a Kadaicha lore man who taught him how to heal and recover with medicines like blue gum bark ashes and told him to look for him. It took him seven years of search through many tribes before he finally found the Kadaicha in the Kimberley, who passed on to him the knowledge and succession of the Kimberley Kadaicha. Since then, Trevor has been a respected Kadaicha healer, teaching the sacred ways and ancient lore to the Originals as to non-Indigenous. He also has had good connection with the Yowie and has been called to intervene in cases when people are frightened by them. He shared with me an abundance of stories and teachings, to long to list or describe here.

We drove to amazing places like Lake Borumba, the UNESCO sanctuary of the tiny but very loud bellbirds in Brooloo, and the Wrattens, Yabba, Jimna and Imbil state forests, to name only these, where he left me to spend the night in a Yowie (Bungalong) hot spot. There were more kangaroos there than I had ever seen in one day and place. Among many things, we saw a few scarred trees, cultural markers, and stone arrangements, including a large one on a hill top with blocks of megalithic proportions sitting on smaller stones, but it was in a fenced deer farm and we couldn’t investigate deeper.

Sure enough, after night fall, I was visited by the Junjeri and Yowie, mainly a ten foot tall male Elder who walked around my camp and made himself heard for about three hours. Their energy and ways to communicate are very similar to that of the North American Sasquatch that I’m familiar with. Like them, in spite of me begging, they are reluctant to be recorded, but of all the clips I took, they allowed me to record a few grunts, wood knocks, branches snapping and footsteps. I will have to review and process the sound tracks before I can post and share with this interested audience. This is just a brief summary that I post, as time permits. If you appreciate this work, please consider helping it.

For those of you who think that this is an ideal life, I need to clarify a little. It is certainly an amazing adventure, but it would be much simpler and easier to kick back on a beach or take it easy in a shady resort as tourist do. I’m on a mission to discover, document, record and report information for public education and raising consciousness. Although it has been a blessed pilgrimage, it is not always an easy task to travel around almost constantly to meet contacts and explore the grounds, while documenting the relevant information and keeping up with sharing online; it can be quite demanding at times.

As a fair skinned Nordic, the Australian summer sun and heat are harder to bear than any Canadian summer day, causing me to get sunburned much quicker than to get tanned. On the one day I had the chance to swim in the ocean so far, I saw a few jelly fish which in the last few years have invaded the beaches in Queensland causing their closure in some seasons, and while surfing through the waves, I got hit by one which instantly felt like a burn and left me with a rash on the thigh. While on top of the Gympie pyramid, I felt stung on the knee and saw two little holes, but didn’t pay any attention at first thinking it was a cactus; but on the following day, my knee is inflated and painful, which could mean a snake or spider bite, and I’m having an allergic reaction similar to hay fever, which could also be caused by a new pollen unknown to my organism.

Apart from these inconvenient ailments, plus ticks and the mozzies that are really not so bad, I’m still fully functional and keep working full time to gather and share knowledge. My best reward is the interest and support of a growing international audience and the satisfaction of leaving good tracks on my journeys. I’d like to thank all our readers, friends and allies online and off line, and remind that I greatly appreciate all donations to help me continue on this mission and work. Book sales have been slow lately, so I encourage you to donate on this LINK. Tomorrow I’ll be meeting again with Trevor and with Terri, hoping to be able to record filmed interviews if time and circumstances allow.

There is too much information to include in posts, these are brief summaries that still require hours of work to produce. But on returning from this continent in May, I hope to get into deeper details in a coming book and documentary, if all works as planned.

Thanks and blessings to all on your respective journeys and growth…


22 thoughts on “The mysterious Gympie pyramid, plus Yowie encounter in the deep bush”

  1. Thank you so much dear friend for all of your very hard work and dedication to this very important cause. I have sent a small donation at this time and when I am able will donate once again.

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  2. Hi SunBow, thank you for educating me on your research. I’m reading every article. I’m making a donation, and hope you can keep going on your travels and get to meet more of the people called Yowie and other names. Make sure to relax and stay healthy! All the best from Whistler, BC, Jakub
    P. S. You’re always welcome here in Whistler, we’ve got a guest room, would be a great honor to have you.

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    1. Greetings Jakub. Thanks for your interest, your encouraging comment, donation and invitation. I was in Whistler last summer and might very well go through there again. I also appreciate your advice to relax and stay healthy. Today (March 4th) we did a wonderful hike in the lush tropical rainforest of Paluma Range National Park, QLD. No signs of Yowie, but a rich biodiversity, including the Cassowary, biggest bird on this continent. We enjoyed some swimming holes and waterfalls, as well as breathtaking views over the Corral Sea and wild mountain ranges. Yesterday in another mountain range, we heard several whoops and wood knocks and saw a Yowie in the distance, but photos came out blurry. The journey continues. Best blessings…


  3. Hi. please remove this please in reference from gubbi gubbi/ gabi gabi to Kabi Kabi as it is in no way shape or form connected to me us as Kabi Kabi.
    Gabi Gabi or Gubbi Gubbi is NOT KABI KABI written sounding or in any relation at all to Kabi mob. Kabi is pronounced Kar-Bee one word to no other sound shape or form as We the Kabi Kabi have reclaimed the forgotten mound then known as Rocky Ridge that we call by its inherited name “Djaki Kundu” Not gubbi gubbi as they are from other country and are no relationship nor from any Kabi Kabi language speaking Nation groups.

    Please remove all gubbi / gabi references to us as we are having a hard enough time trying to save this Sacred Seven Sister Healing Site without the misleading information.
    Thank you

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  4. As a guardian of Djaki Kundu, I am priveledged to have been given the stories of the sacred place which have been handed down the generations since time immemorial. Kabi Ancestors built Djaki Kundu. You don’t have to go far to find academic references to other ancient First Nation stone constructions all over the continent and islands of the Great South Land. It is not correct to say that ‘Aboriginal’ people did not build stone constructions such as Djaki Kundu.. Some of the first colonists wrote of the permanent villiages in their diaries. Truths need to be told, and listened to.

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  5. I regret to advise you that whoever and wherever you received 2/3 of all “your story” has misguided you … most of it is pure B…. S! I was a member of the Dhamurian Society who spent 30 years trying to save the GP site for its ancient connections and those of the Kabi Kabi people (Gubbi and Gabi etc are false names). We ended our activities due to Government eviction and legal proceedings. We still have photos of indigenious paintings and statue carvings; sketches of ancient constructions on the GP site that were made back in the 1850-1870 period; and archaeological reports. The group was attacked from many local sources and academics because it conflicted with “written” histories. There were no claims made on the GP site until a few years ago so any early claims are misleading – it was when the planned big bypass of the city was mooted that indigenous people who claimed Kabi Kabi descendency were informed and since then many of these “members” have fought hard and long to save the cultural and historical site – and they are still there today still fighting! I know more about this site than any others … How do I know? That is for me to know and not those who profess to be the experts or whatever of the site. My true and family knowledge goes back 171 years! Please ensure your research is correct before writing any novels or claims. I presume there will be many who will “dump” this reply – it does not matter. I felt a need to correct many incorrect statements and claims made in your essay.

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    1. Thank you for your clarification. I should have met you before and known this, but I didn’t. So the info in this article is what was available when I was visiting there. We always learn and additional clues are welcome. Blessings…


    2. I’m curious to know why the stones were removed from the pyramid and taken to town for a church wall. Also the photos of paintings and art you mention would reveal much about the history of the site if made public. From all I could find online, there is hardly anything about what was found in Gympie nor about the Dhamurian society. We would have hoped that a society dedicated to saving the site would have a website or some kind of info online, as documenting the cultural heritage is the first step to saving it…


  6. There was no sandstone available or found at the time for church building at that time and on the outskirts of the city to be was a great pile of hand-hewn sandstone blocks ready to be recycled – .the church goers even had picnics at the site and helpers loaded their wagons with the blocks and carried them back to new church or wall constructions – still a very “touchy” subject in those circles today with plenty of denials fearing repercussions. Most is simply ignorance at the time. The Dhamurian Society had an excellent information site for years and a few years ago (about when the bypass was announced) – it suddenly disappeared from internet viewing. Due to other similar events, the society was forced to close and members went off into their own private research areas. I cannot comment any further in that area.

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    1. Thank you for these clarifications Miraji. It explains a lot about the circumstances surrounding those events. If the Dhamurian Society was censored, they must have had some valid info to share.

      One thing we should all agree on is that Djaki Kundun is an ancestral sacred site, it should be protected and left to the care of the Original Custodians. The bypass construction should definitely bypass it and leave what is left of it as it is. We support the tribes involved in its protection. Solidarity.


    2. The following, from the previous comment, correllates with Kabi oral history and Kabi Tribal knowledge:
      ‘at that time and on the outskirts of the city to be was a great pile of hand-hewn sandstone blocks ready to be recycled – .the church goers even had picnics at the site and helpers loaded their wagons with the blocks and carried them back to new church or wall constructions – still a very “touchy” subject in those circles today with plenty of denials fearing repercussions.’ What if fails to note is the uncomfortable truth that during the colonisation of the Gympie region, some Kabi guardians of Djaki Kundu, men, women and children, were certainly killed when living at and protecting Djaki Kundu.

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      1. Thank you for this additional information Diane. It is quite likely that the destruction of Djaki Kundun occurred after its Original Custodians were removed. Indeed, a lot of history has dark pages that have been brushed off, when not concealed. There is plenty of evidence of the genocides and massacres in colonialist Australia. Countless sacred sites were destroyed and sacred objects stolen.

        When I was with the mobs around Deebing Creek, I compiled a 170 page historic report focusing on southeast QLD. Here is the link:


  7. A fabulous day we had at Gympie and our other adventures to be sure. We knew a storm was coming but no idea what it would be. A personal storm and a global one unfolded. Connected?

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