Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – oi, oi, oi!

This vast country is not only home to epic chants but also a myriad of truly bizarre, amusing place names. Get ready to roll around the ground laughing once you read these, and then roll on over to these spots in your hired car!


Yes, you read that right. We pinky-promise this is a real place, nestled in a picturesque horseshoe-shaped bay only 3 kilometres east of the Sydney CBD.

Don’t be fooled by the comical name, though – Woolloomooloo has been a part of the fabric of Sydney’s history for centuries. Discover Australia notes that this neighbourhood was home to notable civic leaders, judges and rich merchants in the 19th century.

Between 1911 and 1915, the Sydney Harbour Trust built the Woolloomooloo Bay Finger Wharf here, noteworthy because this remains to this day the world’s largest wooden structure. This elegant jetty stretches out into the horizon at 410 x 64 metres, and is home to world-class cuisine and sea-facing bars.

Monkey Mia 

Not only is this alliteration-inspired name hilarious, what makes this spot doubly chuckle-worthy is that it has nothing to do with primates, but rather dolphins. Monkey Mia has won international fame thanks to its quality dolphin encounter tours, where tourists have a 99 per cent chance of seeing or swimming beside these wise, graceful oceanic creatures.


History buffs will enjoy driving out to this strangely-named town in central New South Wales, as Gooloogong is the site of Croote College, built back in 1827 by convicts. This dwelling has walls as thick as 20 centimetres to protect against bushrangers and indigenous Aborigines, as well as a cellar and trapdoor.

Min Min 

This town name isn’t just funny, it has undertones of spookiness running through due to mysterious, floating lights that have been spotted here over the years. Reportedly as large as watermelons, these eerie lights hover up to three metres over the ground. Allegedly, they have creepily followed people as they walk or drive for distances as immense as hundreds of kilometres.

If you have a passion for all things surreal, such as the Min Min lights, be sure to read our Weird and Wonderful of Hidden Australia series of articles – everything from UFO sightings to haunted rock pools have been discussed, and you can road trip to these spooky spots easily by hiring a car from any one of the East Coast Car Rentals locations.

In case your stomachs aren’t hurting from giggling just yet, let your belly roar once you laugh over the equally-funny names in this infographic!

australian place names infographic