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There is no doubt that here in Australia we like to simplify things. We either name our towns, waterways, mountains and headlands with aboriginal names, famous people names, after names of places in England or we just name them as we see them.
So I have put a list together of other places in Australia that really need no explanation. Their names say it all:
Yes it is a headland located on the Northern New South Wales coast just south of Byron Bay that does in fact have a ‘broken head’.
This rocky outcrop on the coast at the little town of Red Rock in Northern New South Wales is distinctly red in colour.
It’s true this remote beach which is located between Broken Head and Lennox Head is exactly seven miles in length.
The 234 kilometre drive along this most scenic winding road along the south eastern coast of Victoria really exemplifies the name of the Great Ocean Road.
As the name denotes, the headland at this favourite surfing spot on the northern New South Wales coast, is crescent shaped.
Just 245km or three hours drive from the centre of Perth in West Australia is The Pinnacles Desert in the Nambung National Park. The moonscape scenery is made by the pillars (or pinnacles) rising out of the stark desert landscape of yellow quartz sand.
This magnificent 7 km long beach amongst the islands of The Whitsundays in Queensland has some of the whitest sand you will ever see and is a safe haven for yachts and boats alike.
This artificial channel connecting the Gippsland Lakes to the Bass Strait in Victoria is just that – Lakes Entrance.
Redhead is a coastal suburb of the city of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales. As you can see it was named for the appearance of its red coloured headland when viewed from the sea.
Salt Creek is a small settlement in South Australia, located along the Coorong, which has a salt creek flowing through the middle of town. The saltwater comes from the huge expanses of salt pans on the Coorong.
Located on a promontory 32km to the south west of the town of Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Whaler’s Way is a series of unsealed tracks which pass through private property along its 14km length, giving access to one of the most dramatic sections of coastline on the Australian mainland. It is named after the area’s whaling past at a remote spot called Fishery Bay and it was on this natural ramp that they’d haul up the Southern Rights and carve them up for their blubber.
Granite Island is a small island next to Victor Harbor, South Australia, not far from South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide. It is characterised by its huge granite boulders tinged with orange lichen and is home to a colony of little penguins.
Yes there is an inland sea that is famous for its large population of black swans. Swansea is a suburb located at the entrance to Lake Macquarie in New South Wales.
Just like Red Rock and Redhead, is Black Head situated on the coast of Gerroa, near Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales. A great place to partake in some rock fishing.
Sandy Cape is about 250km north of Perth, West Australia and is named because of its vast stretches of snow white sand dunes, but it also has a spectacular beach.
I would be interested to know of any other place names in Australia that require no explanation. I’m sure there are many more. We really do live in a fascinating country!
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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