Pronunciation Station: A Guide to Australian Place Names

By Caitlin Hornik


It’s no secret that Australians love a good slang term - probably because the real words are too difficult to pronounce! Here’s a study guide before your big trip Down Unduh!

View vacation packages to Australia >


Melbourne

Pronunciation: Mel-bin

Most people say it as it’s spelled: Mel-born. Many locals will simply refer to this vibrant city as “Mel.” Learn the correct pronunciation for when you book your trip and tell your friends, “I’m going to Mel-bin!” Then once you get there, play it cool with *“Any good restaurant recommendations in Mel?” *


Brisbane

Pronunciation: Bris-bn

Similar to Melbourne, Brisbane often is pronounced as it’s spelled: Briz-bayne. The trend is to eliminate extra vowels, resulting in the pronunciation *“Bris-bn.” *


Cairns

Pronunciation: Kanz

Forget about the “r.” We don’t know why it’s there either.


Kata Tjuta

Pronunciation: Kah-tah Choor-ta

You’re probably thinking “Huh? Where’d those letters come from?” We wish we knew. BUT! If you have the chance to visit Kata Tjuta National Park for a sunrise and/or sunset, we can pretty much guarantee that it’ll be worth it (confusing name pronunciation aside)!


Canberra

Pronunciation: Can-bra

Ditch the middle “e” and you’re good to go! The capital city of Australia is a great place to discover the history of this nation! Perhaps you’ll figure out where all of these pronunciations came from!


Uluru

Pronunciation: Ooh-luh-ROO

Say “kangaroo” out loud. Now say “Ooh-luh-roo.” Helpful? We hope so!


Bonus:

Woolloomooloo

Pronunciation: Wool-uh-mah-loo

Woolloomooloo is a trendy Sydney suburb. With a great foodie scene, beautiful harbour views, and ample opportunities for artists, it’s definitely worth checking out (as long as you can pronounce it correctly!).

Explore Our Vacations

Create Account

The contact email is associated with an existing account, please sign in to continue.
If you have a password, you can use it below. Otherwise, just use your email address and reservation number to login. If you don't have an account, you can create one today.