Place Names Quiz

Place Names are important and most people have a good local knowledge. However how good are you when it comes to other places in Australia or elsewhere in the world?

Test your knowledge and skill and see how many place names you can identify from the following lists.  When you think you have identified the right name see if it exists in one of the on–line Place Name Gazetteers.

 Section 1 Questions – General Place Names Knowledge
1.1Where did the most recent volcanic eruption on the mainland of Australia take place c. 600 CE?
1.2What is Victoria's highest peak?
1.3Where has an underground coal seam been burning for at least 1000 years?
1.4Where were the first land grants made to free settlers? (1793)
1.5What is Queensland's longest river?
1.6What is the modern name of King's Town, NSW, founded in 1804?
1.7Where is the longest sheer drop of any waterfall in Australia?
1.8What was the end point of Edward Eyre's epic journey around the Great Australian Bight? (1841)
1.9What is Australia's deepest gorge?
1.10Where was Australia's first golf course laid out? (1847)
1.11From where did Ludwig Leichhardt set out on his fatal journey? (1848)
1.12What town was known first as The Settlement and then as Woolport before receiving its ' current name in 1849?
1.13Where was the first Australian branch of the YMCA formed? (1850)
1.14Where did Australia's first railway service run? (1854)
1.15Where was Australia's first telegraph installed? (1854)
1.16Where was the Humbug Society formed in 1859?
1.17Where was bushranger Ben Hall shot dead in an ambush? (1865)
1.18What town has the distinction of receiving rain on an average 300 days per year?
1.19Which city is further north - Perth, Port Augusta or Dubbo? And what is its' Longitude and Latitude?
1.20How many localities or towns are there in Australia called "Perth"?

Answers to General Knowledge Questions

 Section 2 Question – Cryptic – Australian Rivers
  (eg Princess of Wales, a man, can and a vowel - Di a man tin a)
2.1Almost yes
2.2Rushing streams of water without "T"
2.3Crookwell's July weather can be this
2.4One who makes rope
2.5They swim well
2.6A command, without the Queen's signature
2.7Same as an Australian capital city
2.8Elizabeth Taylor's third husband

Answers to Cryptic Australian Rivers

 Section 3 Questions – Cryptic – Australian Place Names
 (eg Football posts burning - Goulburn)
3.1Command to horses and desire
3.2Boy's name and a measure of weight
3.3Sphere and a rodent
3.4Timber and cattle
3.5Girl from wonderland jumps
3.6Sailor and two vowels
3.7Backs car into kerb
3.8Famous English naturalist
3.9First name of famous Australian explorer
3.10Pyramids of rough stones
3.11Corridor's stream

Answers to Cryptic Australian Place Names

  Section 4 Questions – Cryptic – Cities of the World
4.1A ringing instrument and class or stage
4.2White Cliffs of …
4.3Insane disencumber
4.4Famous stampede
4.5Automobile's essential
4.6Wander
4.7Sprouts come from here
4.8Group of animals, place of residence
4.9Kind of bean
4.10Equal part of verb to be
4.11The Holy city

Answers to Cryptic Cities of the World

Place Names Quiz - Answers

If you have other questions and answers relating to Place Names in Australia, New Zealand or elsewhere in the world we would be happy to include them in future editions of the "Place Names Quiz".  Please feel free to contribute or provide feedback on the Quiz by emailing icsm@ga.gov.au.

 QUESTIONANSWER
General Place Names Knowledge 
1.1Where did the most recent volcanic eruption on the mainland of Australia take place c. 600 CE?Mt Gambier, SA
1.2What is Victoria's highest peak?Mt Bogong
1.3Where has an underground coal seam been burning for at least 1000 years?Wingen, NSW
1.4Where were the first land grants made to free settlers? (1793)Liberty Plains, NSW (now Bankstown)
1.5What is Queensland's longest river?The Flinders
1.6What is the modern name of King's Town, NSW, founded in 1804?Newcastle
1.7Where is the longest sheer drop of any waterfall in Australia?Wallaman Falls, Stony Creek, Qld
1.8What was the end point of Edward Eyre's epic journey around the Great Australian Bight? (1841)Albany, WA
1.9What is Australia's deepest gorge?Standley Chasm, NT
1.10Where was Australia's first golf course laid out? (1847)Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne
1.11From where did Ludwig Leichhardt set out on his fatal journey? (1848)Darling Downs, Qld
1.12What town was known first as The Settlement and then as Woolport before receiving its current name in 1849?Grafton, NSW
1.13Where was the first Australian branch of the YMCA formed? (1850)Adelaide
1.14Where did Australia's first railway service run? (1854Between Melbourne and Port Melbourne
1.15Where was Australia's first telegraph installed? (1854)Between Melbourne and Williamstown, Vic
1.16Where was the Humbug Society formed in 1959?Gawler, SA
1.17Where was bushranger Ben Hall shot dead in an ambush? (1865)Forbes, NSW
1.18What town has the distinction of receiving rain on an average 300 days per year ?Waratah, Tas
1.19Which city is further north - Perth, Port Augusta or Dubbo? And what is its Longitude and Latitude ?Perth
E 115° 52' S 31° 57'
1.20How many localities or towns are there in Australia called "Perth" ?There are three:
Perth in Tas.
Perth in WA
Perth in NSW

 QUESTIONANSWER
 Cryptic – Australian Rivers 
2.1Almost yesYass River
2.2Rushing streams of water without 'T'Torrens River
2.3Crookwell's July weather can be thisSnowy River
2.4One who makes ropeRoper River
2.5They swim wellFish River
2.6A command, without the Queen's signatureOrd River
2.7Same as an Australian capital cityAdelaide or Brisbane River
2.8Elizabeth Taylor's third husbandTodd River

 QUESTIONANSWER
 Cryptic – Australian Place Names 
3.1Command to horses and desireGeelong
3.2Boy's name and weightGeraldton
3.3Sphere and a rodentBallarat
3.4Timber and cattleWoodstock
3.5Girl from wonderland jumpsAlice Springs
3.6Sailor and two vowelsTaree
3.7Backs car into kerbParkes
3.8Famous English naturalistDarwin
3.9First name of famous Australian explorerHamilton
3.10Pyramids of rough stonesCairns
3.11Corridor's streamHalls Creek

 QUESTIONANSWER
 Cryptic – Cities of the World 
4.1A ringing instrument and class or stageBelgrade
4.2White Cliffs of …Dover
4.3Insane disencumberMadrid
4.4Famous stampedeCalgary
4.5Automobile's essentialCardiff
4.6WanderRome
4.7Sprouts come from hereBrussels
4.8Group of animals, place of residenceStockholm
4.9Kind of beanLima
4.10Equal part of verb to beParis
4.11The Holy cityJerusalem