Wikipedia:WikiProject Australian places

The WikiProject on Australian places is a project aimed towards the standardisation of articles on the cities, towns and suburbs of Australia.

Articles maintained by this WikiProject are grouped in Category:WikiProject Australian places articles by using the place=yes parameter with the {{WP Australia}} template.

Usage: {{WP Australia|place=yes}}


Unassessed articles Requests
Unassessed Australian places articles 10
Australian Capital Territory -
 → Canberra 0
New South Wales 102
 → Sydney 15
 → Riverina 0
Northern Territory 13
South Australia 9
 → Adelaide 2
Tasmania 42
Victoria 64
 → Melbourne 0
 → Geelong 0
Queensland 2
 → Brisbane 0
 → Townsville 0
Western Australia 4
 → Perth 0

This project applies to the eight capital cities and their suburbs, regional cities and their suburbs, towns and other communities and settlements with some official endorsement in Australia. Where existing standardisation exists, such as for the "Cities" – actually groupings of suburbs in major cities corresponding to Australian metropolitan local government areas (e.g. City of Unley in South Australia) – this project should absorb any existing standards and consensus.

The main focus of this project, however, is to standardise articles about Australian municipalities for which no standardisation exists. Specifically this means we are targeting communities with a population of less than about 15,000, especially those which aren't already using an "Australian city infobox" or "Australian suburb infobox" template.

Article alertsEdit

Redirects for discussion

Peer reviews

Requested moves

Articles to be merged

Articles to be split

Parentage and descendantsEdit

Parent project(s): WikiProject Australia (a child of WikiProject Countries)

Descendant project(s): 6 pre-existing WikiProjects for capital cities of Australia; 3 other Australian city projects (see also: Category:WikiProject Australian cities); 1 Australian region-level project; 7 Australian state-level projects

Australian state-level projects:
Australian state-level project not yet started:
Australian capital city projects:
Australian region-level project:
Australian regional cities projects:

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Similar WikiProjects

Related Portals

Related Collaborations

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General strategy and discussion forumsEdit

Pre-existing standards and consensi:

  • We have previously named almost all Australian towns and cities in the format: Town/city name, State name (e.g. Nowra, New South Wales). There are various exceptions such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra (Darwin would also qualify by Australian rules, but leads to a disambiguation page due to global use). Note that as of November 2010, this policy is under dispute (see this discussion) and subsequently many articles on Australian towns and non-capital cities have been moved to more concise titles (eg Wagga Wagga).
    • Where the town/city name has or is likely to have other uses, a link from the appropriate disambiguation page should be made (eg. Darwin contains a link to Darwin, Northern Territory, and Kingston contains links to several Australian towns).
    • A redirect from Town/city name should be made whenever the name by itself does not presently require disambiguation (eg Nowra redirects to Nowra, New South Wales) and from Town/city nickname if it's extremely common (eg. Wagga).
    • Where the Town/city, State name format still has conflicts (such as Springfield, Victoria and Springfield, Victoria (Macedon Ranges)) add a regional term to the secondary location. Often this can be the local government area; but a more general term may be necessary when the less notable one spans multiple LGAs.
  • Due to disambiguation issues, the article about the state of Victoria is Victoria (Australia).


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Place term definitionsEdit

  • Territory — a region of Australian land directly administered by the Commonwealth government
  • Territory (state) — a territory of Australia which is mainly treated like a state; refers only to either Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory which are administered by state-level governments; or possibly Norfolk Island; see: States and territories of Australia
  • Local Government Area, LGA, City (council), Rural city, Town (council), District (council), Region/Regional (council), Shire, Borough, Municipality/Municipal council, Community government council, Aboriginal council, Island council, Area — a bounded area of land administered at a local-level government (the third level of government in Australia); the land of states is typically sectioned completely into LGAs; see Local Government Area
  • Electoral division — federal electorate; see Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives
  • Electoral district — a state-level electorate (e.g. Morphett)
  • Landmark

Populated places:

  • City, Regional city — in common understanding, a metropolis in Australia (e.g. Sydney)
  • Town — in common understanding, a densely-populated place which isn't a city; see Town#Australia for official meaning

Geographical features:

  • Ocean
  • River
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Valley, Glen


  • {{WP Australia}} - used on article talk pages to identify and assess Australian place name articles. Remember to add place=yes to automatically group the article into the WikiProject.


Stub templatesEdit

Incomplete list:

Referencing templatesEdit



Useful ResourcesEdit

These are useful online resources to find information for articles.


Placename information
General Data
  • Demographic information by postcode search via
  • Population can be looked up from the ABS website
  • Geoscience Australia has a wealth of information about placenames, and is the place to find Lat/long co-ordinates
  • Climate - Bureau of Meteorology
  • Miscellaneous Data on localities at Wilkins Tourist Maps
  • Locality Descriptions and history at Walkabout Australian Travel Guide
  • Distances between locations search page at
  • Post Office opening/closing dates - useful for actual settlement dates of towns/name changes at Premier Postal History. As of January 2021 there are over 2700 locations which reference links to this site.
    • In January 2021 Premier Postal was taken over by Phoenix Auctions and the information incorporated in the Phoenix website. The Premier Postal website is still available but most of the links from Wiki no longer work. Work has commenced on converting the links to the Phoenix website.
    • At the same time the URL's are being converted to link direct to the location on the Phoenix website using the "filter" option in the URL, instead of having to re-enter the location after using the reference.
    • To obtain optimum results, the following rules should be used when adding or converting the URLs
    • Replace any blanks in the location name by either an asterisk or a full stop - leaving the blank in, will bring up an error.
    • Prefix and suffix the location with an asterisk which also show any surrounding post offices which may be helpful
    • There may be some differences in location names where an apostrophe or full stop may be included in wiki and not in the post office name or vice versa.
    • An example is Kellys Plains, New South Wales which contains an apostrophe in the post office name*Kelly's*Plains*
    • 27 January 2021. The https url option which was not operating from the old website, is now functional again. As a result the links to the old website are now working again. This takes the pressure off the conversion to the new website. The conversion will continue but at a slower rate as its priority has dropped.
  • Google Street View- for pics in External Links- copy URL of selected pic. BUT copy/paste 3rd Coordinate over both the first 2 to align pin and pedestrian icons on associated map (see Wannon River).
LGA National
Area Statistics from the ABS
  • 2011 Census - select State Suburb, Local Government Area or Statistical Local Area.
  • 2006 Census - select State Suburb, Local Government Area or Statistical Local Area.
  • 2001 Census - select Urban Centre/Locality, State Suburb, Local Government Area or Statistical Local Area

Australian Capital TerritoryEdit

Placename Information

New South WalesEdit

Placename Information

Northern TerritoryEdit

Placename Information


Placename Information
General Data

South AustraliaEdit

Placename Information
South Australia History
Manning Index
Flinders Ranges Research


Placename information


Placename Information

Western AustraliaEdit

Placename Information

Australian AntarcticEdit

Placename/feature information


Main tool page:
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.