Australian Place Name Pronunciations


#21

Some others in Brisbane

Petrie - Pee-tree
Mt Gravatt - Mount Grah-vatt (not Grav-itt)
Indooroopilly - In-drah-pilly
Ebbw Vale - Ebbo Vale
Taigum - age old debate among those who live there if it’s pronounced Tay-gum, Thai-jum or Thai-gum :joy:


#22

Perth suburbs
Karrinyup - Karen-Up
Currambine- Cur-ram-Bine
Scarborough -Scar-Bor-Ra
Glendalough - Glen-Da-Low
Wangara- Wan-Garra
Carlisle - Car-Lile (silent s)
Guildford - Gil-ford
Muchea - Mew-Shay
Roleystone - Roll-Lee-Stone
Mundijong - Mun-Dee-Jong
Warnbro- Warn-bra
Medina - Ma-Dina


#23

I’ve been unsure of this TV transmitter site in the Wide Bay region of QLD, wondered if @crankymedia or @TV.Cynic (or anyone else) knew, as they seem to be familiar with that region

Mt Goonaneman… is it

“Goo-nay-man”

or

“Goo-nan-nee-man”

or something else?


#24

Perth has this VERY long suburban name

Cullacabardee

Am I right in assuming it’s

“Cull-ah-cab-bar-dee” ?


#25

There’s this curious conundrum from Canberra covered by the ABC last year:


#26

Hmmm, Canberra. Nobody mention the alternative pronunciation of Can-BERRA to them for CAN-bra. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#27

Tumbulgum Northern NSW is tum-BUL gim NOT tumble-gum


#28

And what about Mount Kosciuszko? Aussies say Ko-zee-OSS-ko

But the original Polish pronunciation is Kosh-CHUSH-ko and around the world it varies from Kos-ee-OSS-ko to Ko-SHOO-sko.

And then there’s the German Leicchardt which in Straya generally comes out as LIKE-art. :laughing:


#29

Great idea for a thread.

Goondiwindi: GUN-DER-WINDY not GOON-DEE-WINDY
Dumeresq River: DUE-MERRICK not DUMB-ERR-ESK! (OK, I was 12 at the time)
Weethalle (near West Wyalong): WEE-TALLY not WHEAT-HALL.
Korumburra: CURRUM-BURRA not CARUMBRA
Lake Nillahcootie- what is the correct pronunciation here? NIL-A-COOTIE? This one appears on the Melbourne weather radar; it’s located north of Mansfield.
Coogee WA- COOH-GEE not COODGE-EE as with the Sydney suburb.

Also got Albany wrong the first time I visited; I was surprised that AL-BANY rather than ALL-BANY was correct, particularly since the latter is used for the New York capital. The LUCK-NOW vs LUCK-KNOW debate is very unsettled according to a learned Millthorpe resident; I’m not sure how the one in India is pronounced.


#30

Ravenshoe - nothing to do with footwear: Ravens-hoe NOT Raven-shoe :slight_smile:


#31

Wool-un-gabba

Moorooka more-oo-car

Tarragindi is pronounced like it’s spelt

Indooroopilly is indropilly.

Also I always get irritated when Americans say Brisbayyne or Mel-born. Brisbin and Melbun.


#32

There’s a Melbourne in the US and I’m pretty sure that’s how they pronounce it as.


#33

I’m pretty sure the Guildford we have in Sydney is also pronounced that way.


#34

As you drive into San Fran from the south you pass through beautiful downtown Brisbane - pronounced Briz-bayn by the locals. Floridians tend to say Mel-burn.


#35

Unless you’re from Melbourne, in which case you pronounce it MAL-bun. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#36

They pronounce it as Cull-ah-cab-bar-dee.
Wundowie, a rural suburb 67km NE of Perth: Wen-Dow-Wee
Melaleuca, a forestry suburb North of Perth: Mel-La-Lu-Ca
Dunsborough, a popular Leavers location: Duns-bor-Ra
Dawesville, a location south of Mandurah: Dors-Vil


#37

I know you have a Merriwa in Perth too.

We have one in the Hunter Valley spelt the same way, but we say

“Merry-war”

And I believe yours is

“Merry-wah”


#38

The City of Cockburn in Perth is pronounced the far less smutty CO-burn


#39

Lol!

My pronunciation as a school kid was even worse

“Dum-mer-esk-skew”

And re Goondiwindi, I work with a girl from that town, she tells me that some locals say it one way, some say it the other.

I believe you’re from Numeralla, NSW… is that “New-mer-ral-lah”?


#40

Northam: Nor-th-am
Caversham: Cav-a-shm
Beckenham: Beck-ken-nem
Maddington: Mad-Ding-Ten
Oldbury: Old-bery
Narrogin: Narra-jin
Wagin: Wa-jin
Eucla: U-Cla
Moora: Mo-Ra
Wilbinga: Will-Bing-a
Brabham: Brab-em
Postans: Post-ens
Innaloo: Inner-loo
Doubleview: Double-vyu
Karrakatta: Ka-ra-Kat-ta
Myaree: My-a-ri
Corrigin: Cor-Ra-Jin
Wannanup: Wan-nan-nup