Our Top-10 List: Unusual Place Names of Australia
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This list is our own personal top ten unusual town or other place names we have come across in our travels around Australia, mostly from our 2008 around Australia trip.
1. 1770, QLD
A relaxed seaside town with an identity issue, as it can be known as just ‘1770’, ‘Seventeen Seventy’ or ‘Town of 1770’.
2. Innaloo, WA
A suburb of Perth, which is now just a few minutes drive from where we are living.
3. Smoko, VIC
A town near Bright, we did not stop.
4. Tin Can Bay, QLD
Feeding dolphins is the claim to fame at this strangely named town – Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia
5. Hat Head, NSW
Hat Head is a National Park near South West Rocks in NSW
6. Coffin Bay, SA
Oyster farming is what they do in Coffin Bay, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Nothing to do with Coffins they say, named after a guy named Mr Coffin.
7. Booti Booti, NSW
Booti Booti is a National Park near Forster in NSW. Shake it.
8. Devil’s Marbles, NT
Devils Marbles is an interesting rock formation in the Northern Territory. A collection of boulders – a place not a town, and worth a stopover.
9. Yeppoon, QLD
Yippee Yepoon! Yeppoon is a town near Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
10. Penguin, Tasmania
Which way to go? Not a very imaginative name, it is a roadhouse at a T-junction, so from here there are ‘three ways’ to go.
* missing out on the top 10 are: Tinaroo (QLD), Quorn (SA), Tea Gardens (NSW), Coober Pedy (SA), Three Ways (NT)