Tourism Australia adopts Aboriginal dual naming
Tourism Australia is adopting a dual-naming approach for capital cities and other specific locations around Australia by using the known Aboriginal name alongside the English name. As Aboriginal and dual naming becomes more commonly used in Australia, it not only acknowledges the traditional owners of the land we live, work and travel on, but seeks to incorporate 60,000 years of Indigenous custodianship, language, and knowledge into the mainstream consciousness.
In confirming the Aboriginal name for each location Tourism Australia has worked with local Elders and Traditional Owners in confirming the correct name. We understand the name doesn’t always incorporate the whole geographical footprint of the location, it may be only a small central location and there are other names that relate to other parts of the location.
This map is not intended to include dual naming across all cities and locations.
We are taking a phase approach and appreciate that there are consultations currently taking place with local Aboriginal peoples to confirm Aboriginal place names.