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Sydney Suburbs


Alphabetical list of Sydney (and environs) nicknames

I have been collecting colloquial nicknames for Sydney suburbs for quite a few years and in 2015 expanded the list by posting on some social media sites I subscribe to – an extraordinary response. Many are simple contractions, oh, how we love our contractions, however all have been submitted several times from Lost Sydney readers and also from my own Facebook home page. Some are old, others modern. Many are racist slurs however as a cultural historian I am interested in documenting such expressions (if you are curious about my views on censorship read my e-book ‘Sing Us Anothery, Dirty As Buggery’). Racist slurs are usually created by mob mentality with little thought of those who might be offended. They are usually a generalisation and, of course, xenophobic. Some use is almost affectionate – “Let’s go eat Chinese at Chatswoo”. It is interesting to surmise if some of the nicknames are given by residents of the area, for example, would a Newtown resident refer to ‘Spewtown’ because it is in the colloquial slanguage? Personally, I think they would because we Aussie are often very self-deprecating.

Abbotsford – Abbo. Ashfield – Hashfield, Trashfield.  Auburn – Auburnon. Avalon – Av, locals are Av Cats. Balmain – Balpain Balmain was in sections – The Grove, the East End, the Valley and Bald Rock. Bankstown – Banky, Gangstown. Baulkham Hills – Baulkham Hillsong, Boredom Hills. Beecroft – Sleepy Hollow. Bellevue Hill – Belljew Hill, Below Hill. Belmore – Little Lebanon. Birchgrove – The Grove Blackheath – Bleakheath. Blacktown – Slacktown, Bunkistown. Bondi – Little Auckland, kiwiland, Bondage, Bonjeye, Blonde Dye, Scum Valley. Bondi Junction – Bondi Junkland, Bogan Junction, Bondi Jungle. Jung-o, Bondage Junction. Bronte – Bronte Carlo, Bronny. Brooklyn – Brookie Brookvale – Brookie. Burwood – Burwog, Burwoo. Cabarita – Cabo .Cabramatta – Vietnamatta, CabraNam, Scabramatta, Stabramatta. Campbelltown – Scrambletown, C Town. Canley Heights – Canley Hoyts. Canterbury – Canker Berry. Carlingford – Carlo.. Carringbah – Cazbah. Central coast – Blacktown on the beach. Chatswood – Chingwood, Chatty, Chatswoo, Chatswong, Chatswah. Cherrybrook – Chinabrook, Currybrook, Chellyblook. Chester Hill – Cheso. Chipping Norton – Chippi. Circular Quay – The Qua.y Collaroy – The Roy. Condell Park – Condom Park. Cronulla – Crunallafornia, The Nulla. Crows Nest – Crowie. Curl Curl – Curly, The Roy. Dangar Island – The Rock. Darling Point – Darling Don’t Point. Darlinghurst – Darlo, Razorhurst, Darling-it-hurts. Dee Why – The Why. Denham’s Court – Snob’s Hill. Doonside – Doomside. Double Bay – Double Pay. Dover Heights – Jehovah’s Heights, Olveh Heights. Drumoyne – Drummy. Dulwich Hill – Dully. Earlwood – Girlwood. East Hills – Snake Gully. East Ryde – Dung Hill (used to dump night soil there). Eastie – someone from eastern suburbs. Eastwood – Eastwoo, Far Eastwood. Elizabeth Bay – Betty Bay, Lizzy Bay, Ebay. Emu Plains – Emu, Emoo. Epping – Effing, E-ping, Eeping. Erskinville – Erko, Foreskinville. Fairy Meadow – Poofter’s Paddock. Five Dock – Fiva Docka. Forrest Lodge – Flodge. Freshwater – Freshi. Glebe – Bleed, Glib Haberfield – Habbo. Hazelbrook – Hazo. Hillites – anyone from the hill’s districts eg Baulkham, Pennant etc. Hills District – The bible belt. Hornsby – Horny. Hurstville – Hurtsville, Worstville, Horse Wheel. Ingleburn – The Burn. Inglebum. Jaminson Town – Jammo. Janalli – Jal. Katoomba – K town. Kensington – Kenso. Kilara – (with posh accent) Klara. Kings Cross – The Dead Loss, Kinks Cross. Kingsford – Chinsford, Chinksford. Kogarah – Wograh. Kurnell – Far Kurnell. La Peruse – Larpa. Lakemba – Lebkemba, Lakembanon, Lake Embla. Lane Cove – Larner Covee. Leichhardt – Dykeheart, Like Tart, aka Little Italy. Lidcombe – Liddy Long Reef – The Reef. Macquarie Fields – Macfields. Maroubra – Bra. Madonna’s bra Maroubra Junction – The Junk Marrickville – Marrickvile, Wagga Wagga (?), The Ville. Mattraville – Matto. Meadowbank – Mudbank. Miller’s Point – The Point. Minto – Minno. Momebush – Hairybush. Mortdale – Death valley, Mortadella. Mosman – God’s waiting room, Mozzie .Moss Vale – Moss Vegas. Mt Druitt – Mounty Country .Naremburn – Narra Burn. Narrabeen – Narrow Bean. Narraweena – Criminal Hill. Narwee – No where. Neutral Bay – Beige Bay, Neuters Newtown – Spewtown, The Zoo, Zootown, Poo Town, The Republic. North of the Bridge – Mordor North Shore – North Snore. Oatley – The Lost World. Oxford St – Poxford street, The Strip, Pink Highway. Paddington – Paddo Paddington – where it joins Darlinghurst – Paddinghurst. Pagewood – PageWouldn’t. Palm Beach – Palmie. Palm Beach Peninsular – The Insular Peninsula. Parramatta – Parra, Parra-doesn’t-matter, What’s the Matter, Parramattata, Scab-n-matter. Parsley Bay – Ghastly Bay. Peakhurst – Peakie. Pendle Hill – Pendo, Penetration Hill. Pennant Hills – Penno. Penrith – Penruff – Penriff, The Riff. . Petersham – The Sham, Little Portugal. Potts Point – Poof’s Point Prospect – Prossie Punchbowl – Punchie Pymble – Pimple Quaker’s Hill – The Quake Queenscliff – Queensy. Redern – Redfun. Regents Park – Rego Riverstone – Rivo Riverview – The View Rockdale – Wogdale, Rockslavia, Rock-a-dale Rooty Hill – Rootin’ Hill, Shagger’s Reach Rose Bay – Nose Bay Roseville – Poseville Seven Hills – Seven Ills, Sevo Shire – aka The Bubble, The Burbs Smithfield – shitfield Southie – Anyone from southern suburbs St Albans – Snalbs St Ives – Snives, South Africa St Peter’s – St Pierre, Spitters Strathfield – Straddy Surry Hills – Slurry Hills, Surr-eye Heighst, Scurvy Hills, Scruffy Hills, Boystown, Sorry Hills Sydney – Steak and Kidney, The Big Smoke, Shitney Tamarama – Glamarama The Badlands – anywhere east of Glenbrook and west of Parramatta The Entrance – Blacktown by the Sea (see also Central Coast) The Shire – God’s country (Shire – anywhere west of Sutherland was BankieShire) Thirroul – The Rule Toongabbie – Toonscabbie , Toonie Turramurra – Turra, Tuzza Vaucluse – For Jews, Foreclose Villawood – Villainwood Wakehurst Parkway – Wanker’s Parkway Wallerawang – Wang, The Wang Warriewood – Woggywood, Worrywood Watson’s Bay – Watto Bay Wentworth Falls – Wenty Wentworthville – Wenny Westie – anyone from the western suburbs Wetherill Park – Where-the-hell-park Willoughby – Wogabee Winston Hills – Wife Swapper’s Ridge Wollongong – The Gong Woolloomooloo – The Loo


  • Sharks at Bondi:
    Sharks in the surf. No good to me.
    For though you may account me dippy
    I must admit they make the sea
    Suddenly seem a deal too nippy.
    The Sunday News November 14, 1926:
    (included in the Weekend in Rhyme by The Ruminating Rhymster)


  • At Bunnerong there’s going to be,
    A big refinery I find.
    And that will be okay by me,
    I yearn to be refined.
    – “Burt” from Smith’s Weekly, page 14, May 18, 1946:


  • Named after wife of early settler R Harnett – first to sub divide about 1879. His wife was Charlotte or Chat for short ie Chats wood.


  • It was the custom in 1820/30 that each night at 6pm a bell was tolled on College St and Head St (now Oxford) advising females were not allowed to enter the area at night.
  • Old Horse-drawn buses of Paddington, Sydney, (they travelled to the city and back to the terminal at Glenmore Road) were gaily painted and given names. The Cricketer, the Lottery, Hit or Miss, The Florence, The Violet, The beeswing.
    From The Truth Newspaper 1914

St Leonard’s

  • Tombstone
    Here stands St Leonard’s built of stone
    Ungraved impersonal and alone
    To show how people can exist
    Without a doctor or a priest
    St Leonards Sydney 1840