rudest place names

PHOTO: Welcome to Yorkeys Knob council sign at the entrance to the Cairns beachside suburb. Picture: Brendan Radke.

Could the novelty even wear off for those living in Yorkeys Knob, Bullshit Hill or Dickey Point – and they’re just the tip of Australia’s metaphorical ‘quirky place name’ iceberg.

The country is awash with quirks, insults, and pick-up lines masquerading as place names, according to the Marvellous Map of Actual Australian Place Names – created by Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick – and “Queensland is full of them”.

Yorkeys Knob, Qld 4878
Yorkeys Knob, Qld 4878

ST & G’s Marvellous Map of Actual Australian Place Names has over a thousand such names peppered through a unique snapshot of the country. The company itself described the map as being “classy from afar but it’s very far from classy up close”.

Zooming in on the northernmost tip of Queensland, you can imagine what was topmost on the minds of sailors who landed at Bootie Island, but Bushy Island further up the coastline and Booby Island on the other side of the cape might take a bit of explaining.