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

1770, Queensland, Australia

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

Innaloo Shopping Centre

A suburb of Perth, which is now just a few minutes drive from where we are living.

3. Smoko, VIC

Along the Rail Trail at Porepunka, Vic

A town near Bright, we did not stop.

4. Tin Can Bay, QLD

Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia

Feeding dolphins is the claim to fame at this strangely named town – Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia

5. Hat Head, NSW

Trial Bay Gaol, NSW, Australia

Hat Head is a National Park near South West Rocks in NSW

6. Coffin Bay, SA

Coffin Bay, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

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

Forster, NSW, Australia

Booti Booti is a National Park near Forster in NSW. Shake it.

8. Devil’s Marbles, NT

Devils 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

Yeppoon, near Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Yippee Yepoon! Yeppoon is a town near Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

10. Penguin, Tasmania

The big 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)

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