“I’ve been everywhere, man … I’ve been to Wollongong, Geelong, Kurrajong, Mullumbimby, Mittagong, Molong, Grong Grong, Goondiwindi … Cabramatta, Parramatta, Wangaratta, Coolangatta; what’s it matter?”
So goes the classic Aussie song penned by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959.
Whilst I definitely haven’t been everywhere I’ll be working on it this year. And I can vouch for Mr Mack’s words. Within our vast land and our Aboriginal ancestry we have some pretty bizarre place names.
There’s a place in the Northern Territory where we’re traveling mid year called Bong Bong. Apparently it translates in an Aboriginal dialect to “mosquitoes buzzing”. Ah, not exactly inspiring.
We’ve traveled to some strange sounding places. But twice? Mitta Mitta, Wagga Wagga, Baw Baw, Lang Lang, Dum Dum, Booti Booti, Colac Colac, Mundi Mundi and Nar Nar Goon. And that’s just for starters.
What’s with the double barrelled names?
There’s even a place called Woop Woop in the outback of Western Australia. That’s our slang term for “in the middle of nowhere”.
And it’s not somewhere I want to get stranded any time soon.
One of my favorite places is Yackandandah, known by the locals as Yack. A picturesque town in the valleys of the high country.
There’s a suburb in Perth called Innaloo. It was originally called Njookenbooroo but was changed as no one could spell or say it right. Can you imagine if someone asked where you lived. Innaloo.
The wacky names extend beyond the towns and cities to the islands.
There’s Christmas Island and on Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, signs are needed along the sandy tracks to ensure that adventurers don’t get lost.
Yep, the names in Australia are as creative and as original as the slang in our language.
But our speech is free, our pubs are friendly and if we’re ever stuck out on the road I’d like to think someone will lend us a hand.
It’s a great place to live.
Close to home is Christmas Hills and Kinglake (where there’s no lake for miles) and Kangaroo Ground, (where there are plenty of kangaroos).
Further afield there’s Bobbin Head, Bald Knob, Cape Cockburn, Dicky Beach, Blow Hard, Tittybong, Shag Waterhole, Fannie Bay in Darwin and Come by Chance, to name just a few. Reads like something out of a porn movie!
There’s even an Eggs and Bacon Bay in Tasmania.
Yep, we have strange names that sometimes make little sense. But it makes traveling through them interesting and a whole lot of fun.
I’m sure most countries have their share of weird and wonderful names. Anywhere near you?
In response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Names
Wishing you all a fun, safe and happy January.
Hope you’re enjoying the journey as we travel through the start of 2017 together.
Where ever you are, buckle up, it’s gonna be a great year.