If you were to go to Latitude: -34.750690460 and Longitude: 139.380264282, you would find yourself in the state of South Australia. You would be around 80 kilometres east of Adelaide, slightly to the north.
You would be standing above a cave. The name of that cave?
‘Well It Wasn’t There Last Year Cave‘.
Yes, really, no kidding.
Strange Australian places
The town of Cowaramup in WA is strange, but it doesn’t quite make this list…
One of my readers, for example, lives in a place called Wagga Wagga, which is in New South Wales. For the record, that’s nowhere near Woolloomooloo, which is just above Wollongong in the same state.
Bong Bong is also in NSW, but you should not get it confused with Boing Boing in NT. Northern Territory also has the wonderfully named Humpty Doo as well as the not so attractive sounding Little Stinking Lagoon.
Here in Queensland, I always smile slightly as I drive through Burpengary, but I can’t find any amusement in either Dismal Swamp or Broken Nose. Banana gets me back on track though.
Would you believe that Tasmania has its own Dismal Swamp as well? So if that’s really where you want to go for your holidays, you have a choice. If you decide to go to the one in Tasmania, you could also swing by at Little Hell Bay while you’re there, although I think you will have more fun in Granny’s Gut.
Not much going on in ACT when it comes to silly names, but they do boast Rotten Swamp; I’m sure the politicians go there often. We can get back on track with Western Australia though, they have a town called Useless Loop, as well as places called Damboring Rocks and Head Butts.
Are we nearly there yet?
Not quite, let’s find out what Victoria has to offer. Oh dear; Mangalore, Poowong, Tittybong and Mount Buggery.
But we have to return to South Australia for this country’s longest official place name. I’m sure somebody, somewhere, knows how to pronounce it, but it’s not me. All I understand is that it is the name of a hill, because I had no problem understanding the second word of the two in Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill.
Time for me to offer my thanks to those without whom this post would not have been possible. Firstly, my thanks to the aboriginal people who thought up many of these names. Without them many roadsigns would be far less interesting.
Next, my thanks to list-directory.info for their very extensive list of strange Australian place names.
And finally, my thanks to the Australia Geographic magazine I picked up whilst Visiting the doctor recently for the inspiration for this post. It was a simple, one-page article in which they made up around five or six roadsigns which included many of these unusual names.
One of these roadsigns was called “A Little Bit Rude”.
As regular readers will know, there are no rude words on my website, not in print anyway. And there still aren’t, but now there is this picture…