Aussie Towns – Why Are We Here?

A Definitive Travel Guide to Australian Towns and Destinations

More and more people are travelling around Australia. They arrive in a town, look around, head off to the local Visitor Information Centre and are told about the local attractions – possibly a museum, an historic building, a theme park or a National Park.

There is one question that is rarely asked and rarely answered: “Why are we here?” It is the vital question because it gives context and meaning to activities which, otherwise, amount to little more than gawping.

Some questions are obvious.

“Why are we at Mount Augustus in Western Australia?”

“Because most Australians think that Uluru is the largest monolith on the continent but, in reality, Mount Augustus, a massive rock which can be seen from 70km away, is significantly larger and more impressive.”

Some questions open up the wonders of the country and the continent.

“Why are we walking up the aisle of the St Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Quilpie, western Queensland?”

“Because we want to inspect the altar made from boulder opals. It is possibly the only altar of its kind in the world.”

This travel guide covers all the well-known attractions and introduces the reader to Australia in all its eccentricity and uniqueness.

A Work in Progress

Aussie Towns is not yet complete. In total it will have entries on 1,346 towns. To date 738 have been written. Only 608 towns to go. As each new town is completed a short entry about its arrival is recorded at If you want to find out which towns have been recently completed, or you would like to ask for a town to be completed, go to Facebook and make the request.

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