A dreaded monster that lived in the Riverina district, with its chief abode in a cave on the banks of the River Murray. It resembles a goanna, only a great deal larger, about twenty feet in length. It possessed six legs on each side of the body, and had a tail. Its enormous head was shaped like a frog's. The creature was treacherous and would attack and devour anything that came its way. It was slow and deliberate in its movements and could sneak into an unsuspecting camp and swallow one or two victims, and carry back in its mouth to its layer whatever it could not swallow.

It was eventually killed by members of the water-rat tribe and since then there has been no other whowie on the banks of the River Murray.



  • Reed, A. W. (1965). Myths and Legends of Australia. Sydney: A. H. and A. W. Reed, pp. 205-208.
  • Smith, W. Ramsay. (1932). Myths of the Australian Aboriginals. New York: Farrar & Rinehart Publishers, pp. 147-151.