The people who named places in Australia often did not skirt around crudeness or vulgarity, and we’re all the better for it.
All over this wide brown land there are knobs, creeks, roads, mountains, towns and lookouts with names that will make that holiday road trip that bit more enjoyable.
Here are some of the weirdest and wackiest place names from each state.
Nowhere Else Road runs through the Eyre Peninsula, starting in Sheringa and ending up, well, somewhere else.
So desirable is the road sign that it keeps being stolen by travellers wanting a souvenir of their time on the road.
South Australia has many other wonderful towns and landmarks, such as Bullshit Hill, Cream Puff Corner, Mount Buggery, the Boobs and Break Wind Reserve.
Near Ballarat’s Goldfields is the delightfully named Whipstick Scrub, where you can explore the forest and try your hand at panning for gold.
According to the National Library of Australia, the first gold was found in the area in 1884.
Elsewhere in Victoria, you will find Titwobble Lane, Teddy Bears Gap, Ding-A-Ding and Sausage Gully.
The township of Bong Bong, in the Southern Highlands, doesn’t exist any longer, but the name lives on in the parish and a racecourse and several streets in nearby towns.
The Bong Bong Picnic Race Club has been holding race meetings since 1886 and still attracts thousands to every meeting.
NSW is also home to such notable places as Burrumbuttock, Delicate Nobby, Tom Ugly, Mount Great Groaner, Flirtation Hill and Boozer Creek.
Humpty Doo is a jolly small town situated 40 kilometres from Darwin.
It’s home to roughly 4000 people and a large fibreglass statue of a crocodile with boxing gloves.
Where NSW has Bong Bong, the Northern Territory has Bing Bong, and Fannie Bay and Mount Unapproachable.
French explorer Louis Freycinet gave this small bay quite a poor wrap when he first travelled to Western Australia, calling it “Havre Inutile” which was then translated to “useless harbour”.
At that time it was useless because the water was too shallow for any ships to pass through, but now more than a million tonnes of salt is shipped from Useless Loop every year.
The state is also home to Woop Woop, the North Pole, Innaloo, Cockburn and Dog Swamp.
Scientists accepted hundreds of years ago that the earth was not flat.
Nevertheless, The Edge of the World, in Tasmania, is a plaque that looks out to a stretch of ocean that extends 20,000 kilometres to Patagonia, in South America.
The Edge of the World also has some of the cleanest air of the planet, probably because of the constant high winds.
Also in Tasmania are Hells Gate, Pisspot Creek, Cape Grim, Snag Point and Thrush Forest.
Mount Surprise, in far north Queensland, has two tourist attractions that might seem a little unusual, even surprising, for that neck of the woods – the Mount Surprise Railway Station and a shop called Mount Surprise Gems where you can explore the history of fossicking in the area.
Queensland also has Banana, Mount Blowhard, Mount Breast and Ugly Creek.
It also has a bunch of knobs including Yorkeys Knob, Two Mile Knob, Quality Knob, Iron Knob, Scrubby Knob and even just The Knob.
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