Delightful place names of Tasmania
Australia has some weird and wonderful place names, and investigating colourfully-named locations can be a great excuse for wandering off the main roads. I've done this in Tasmania, which has its fair share of odd and quaint labels.
On the road to Nowhere Else
Names like Fern Tree or Flowery Gully are straightforward, as they describe what you'll find there. Cape Grim is an appropriate name for somewhere with such an overcast, damp and windy climate. I didn't spot the hollow tree which I assume Hollow Tree was named after, but I did see a penguin at the town of Penguin.
Some names are alluring, almost begging to be visited. Are the localities of Paradise, Plenty and Promised Land as attractive as they sound? They looked pretty good to me, as they obviously did for the early settlers who named them. Is Adventure Bay as much fun as the name suggests? How would you feel in Snug, or Nook? I did feel snug in the town of Snug, and Nook is a pleasant little ... well, nook. Although I did have an adventure at Adventure Bay, the name comes from a ship rather than an experience.
Other names may arouse curiosity. What have the people at Detention Point been up to? How much suffering really goes on at Cramps Bay? Some names have historical explanations - Eggs and Bacon Bay might be where Lady Jane Franklin (18th century governor's wife) once either ordered or was served eggs and bacon. Why Nowhere Else is so named is less clear. The locality's name is taken from a 1920s farm, but this leaves the question of why the farm was called Nowhere Else.
My favourite place name belongs to Flowerpot, a rural community on the coast south of Hobart. I love the quaintness of the name, and find it amusing to think that some people are able to say "I live in Flowerpot". The drive through the area was very enjoyable, but gave no obvious reason for the name. Perhaps I'll stop and ask someone about it on my next trip ... as well as locating Garden of Eden. I've not found it on a map, but I'm told it's somewhere near Paradise and Promised Land.