posted on Apr, 9 2011 @ 08:41 PM
Hi folks, no disrespect meant here, but the correct spelling of the region is Pillaga. The Pillaga State Forest is located along the Newell Highway
between Coonabarabran (southern end) and Narrabri (northern end). The 'creatures' are known as 'Yowie' or 'The Yowie'.
I myself am an interstate truck driver who uses the Newell frequently as it is the most commonly used transport route between Brisbane - Melbourne,
and I can assure you that there are many stories about this region, and many truck drivers just will not stop in rest areas along this stretch of
road. I don't have a problem stopping in the rest areas during the day, but I personally will not even drive through the Pillaga at night, preferring
instead to stop at the Shell truck stop in Narrabri and wait until morning. Even though nothing has happened to me along there, it really is a scary
place in darkness.
Another story from the region is about the 'Pillaga Princess'. She apparently was an old bag lady with snow white hair who used to push her shopping
trolley along the highway, a somewhat dangerous feat in itself as there is very little shoulder outside of the traffic lanes (the road is single lane
each way). One night back in 1993, not surprisingly, a truck driver didn't see her in time walking along the road in the darkness and hit her,
killing her. According to his story, the last thing he saw was the Pillaga Princess running at his truck, arms outstretched, and a crazed, gleeful
expression on her face. But here's the thing.. people still see the Pillaga Princess walking along the Newell Highway at night right up until this
very day. They say she still pushes her trolley along, and I've even heard of drivers who swear they have hit the trolley, only to get out to look
and find there is nothing there.
Like I said, it's a scary place at night.