To prove to my old* friend 6k that I am not making up strange place names, I thought I’d do a little research into weird Australian places. Well, I was overwhelmed at Google’s response!
We have the usual strange places – Amphitheatre, Foul Bay, Come by chance, Mount Buggery (!), Wet Beaver Creek (!), Middle Intercourse Island (!), Tom Ugly and Yorkeys Knob. Bega Cheese actually has a TV ad about some of these places (‘cos Bega cheese comes from a place called Bega).
We also have names from other languages like Ehrenbreitstein (German), Vite Vite (French), Zeehan (Dutch), Menai (Welsh), Nullarbor (Latin for no trees) and Waitara (Maori).
But on top of this, we have some wonderful Aboriginal place names. For example, we live in the suburb of Mooroolbark (which means Red Earth), in the Yarra (waterfall or flow) Valley. In Melbourne alone, we have Boroondara (where the ground is thickly shaded), Maribyrnong (I can hear a ringtail possum), Werribee (spine or backbone) and the You Yangs (from Ude Youang meaning big mountain in the middle of a plain).
Further afield we have places like Humpybong (dead shelters), Poowong (putrefaction), Uki (pronounce yook-eye meaning fern with edible roots), Woolloomooloo (young black kangaroo), Koo Wee Rup (plenty of blackfish) and Wagga Wagga (pronounced Wogga-wogga meaning many crows).
The there is my all time favourite: Beeron! (From birra meaning sky)
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*The old refers to old as in wise not old as in age. Of course I don’t know how old 6k is, I would only be able to guess from his writing as I have never actually met him.