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Ever been to Prominent Nob? Perhaps Break Wind Reserve? What about Mount Buggery? Maybe Bumcooler Flat No. 1?

A newly-released map reveals some of Australia’s most peculiar place names – and they’re all fair dinkum, dinky-di place names – not made-up names!

The Strumpshaw, Tincleton and Giggleswick Marvellous Map of Actual Australian Place Names is a 66cm x 66cm wall map featuring over 1,000 of the funniest, rudest and quirkiest – and 100% authentic – Australian towns, streets, mountains, lakes and all manner of geographic features ‘whose names may cause your older relatives to spit out their tea violently’.

And South Australia has its fair share of humorous names, many of which seem to relate to the male appendage, the posterior and associated bodily functions. Here’s a piece of the map:


The Most Unusual South Australian Place Names

My personal top 20 South Australian place names are:

  • Dick Nob
  • Burnt Pussy Mine
  • Bullshit Hill
  • Cream Puff Corner
  • Mount Buggery
  • Dijabringyabeeralong
  • Winkie
  • Prominent Nob
  • Cock Wash
  • Well It Wasn’t There Last Year Well
  • The Boobs
  • Bell Head
  • Chewing Nob
  • Wow Wow Well
  • Break Wind Reserve
  • Backstairs Passage
  • Rapid Head
  • Iron Knob
  • Shag Point
  • Sudden Jerk Island

If you doubt that any of these are actually official place names, take a look at Geoscience Australia’s place name index.

And if you reckon SA has some humdingers, check out what Tasmania dishes up:


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