This is not about the Outback, but I’m going to write it anyway.
At the weekend, I drove down to Wagga — or, to be more precise, Wagga Wagga — and on the way was listening on the radio to details of local football matches to be played over the weekend. As the names of many of the towns and villages in the vicinity were mentioned, it occurred to me that the area around Wagga and the Riverina is very rich in interesting placenames. Here’s a selection:
Coleambally, Uranquinty, Walla Walla, Jerilderie, Mangoplah, Burrumbuttock, Goolgowi, Grong Grong, Moombooldool, Gidginbung, Stockinbingal, Goolgowi, Ungarie, Tullibigeal, Merriwagga, Gumly Gumly, Wallendbeen, Quandialla, Cookardinia, Walbundrie.
In the process of reading up on some of this when I got home, I discovered that the Yanco Wamoon Narrandera United Rugby League Football Club (sometimes referred to as the YWNURLFC) has decided to play under the name “Bidgee Hurricanes”. “Go Bidgees” sounds so much better than “Go Yanco Wamoon Narrandera”!