The Friday Photo #40 – Truth in advertising at Blue Lake

Blue Lake, Mount Gambier

One of the things that never fails to amuse me about living in Australia is the highly imaginative names that are given to all sorts of natural and man-made objects.  Those mountains have got snow on them.  Let’s call them the Snowy Mountains.  There’s a bloody big stretch of sand over there.  We’ll call it the Great Sandy Desert.  There’s a highway named Bruce and a river named Murray.  Like I said, there’s no shortage of imagination round these parts.

On a road trip from Adelaide to Melbourne recently we stopped for a coffee in Mount Gambier, a large town near the border between South Australia and Victoria.  I knew nothing about the place but my friend suggested that we had to go and see the famous Blue Lake which sits in the crater of an extinct volcano at one end of town.  The wind was chilly and the information signs were lacking in … well … information, but it was absolutely worth a look.  Even without useful signage, though, two things were for certain.  It was a lake.  And it was undoubtedly blue.

That good old Aussie naming convention comes to the fore again.

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    Chris - The Aussie Nomad

    January 21, 2011

    Mate that's just 60k's from where I grew up. I used to head to Mt Gambier all the time as a day out shopping with the family and like when I was younger. Oh so many memories...

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      January 21, 2011

      Hehe, awesome! I knew you grew up in rural Victoria somewhere, but had no idea where...

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    January 21, 2011

    I do prefer the names which bespeak utter desperation on the part of the explorers. You know. Mount Hopeless. Mount Buggery... Nullarbor Plain...

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      January 21, 2011

      I hadn't heard of Mount Buggery til you mentioned it - and it's even in Victoria! Now that's a great name for a mountain...

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    January 22, 2011

    Love the comment on Aussie naming conventions. We're just a boring lot. I remember a German visitor once shaking his head at everything in Sydney named after Macquarie

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