Little Australia: A Tour of Minnesota’s “Land Down Deep”

One thing you probably didn’t know about MY Town is that, for a city its size, it has amazing cultural, biological, and landscapeological diversity. You could say that MY Town is kind of like much larger cities, such as Chicago, San Francisco, or New York City, which have their own little pockets of diversity. (Little Italy, Chinatown, Little Poland, Haight-Ashbury, Central Park, etc.) Such diversity is the reason I was able to present our version of Death Valley in my last post. It’s also why I’m able to take you along on today’s tour of MY Town’s “Little Australia.”

I hope to make this post the second in a series of posts related to the Cycle365 world. Heck yeah, MY Town also has an “Englandtown,” a “Pacific Northwest District,” a “Vermont of the Midwest Area,” a “Baltimore-D.C. Beltway,” a “Louisvillian Neighborhood,” a “Mini Germany,” a “Californiatown,” and one of the largest expanses of “Illinoislands” outside of Illinois itself. We’ve even got a “Vagabondland” representing people who have no home or job and just stop by for a while in the midst of their world travels. There’s a lot of other stuff too and if I’ve forgotten to mention your part of the world, please let me know.

So, with no further fanfare, let’s begin our tour of Little Australia–Minnesota’s “Land Down Deep.”

I know I’m getting close to Little Australia when I start seeing Australian-sounding names for roads and towns.

I took Oodahajalingoro Ave. for about five miles through the treeless plains of the Nullarbor. Many blokes and shielas consider the Nullarbor to be EMPTY and boring. I’ve never been to the real Australian Nullarbor, but if it’s as nice as Little Australia’s Nullarbor, I definitely want to go there.

The Nullarbor

Soon after taking that picture, I turned onto Kindomerapimbataree Road to visit a very important cultural, historical and beautiful landmark. It looks very much like it’s counterpart in Oz.

Uluru II

From there, it was a short jaunt on Kunatankarmsakimbo Highway to one of the famous sandy beaches of Little Australia. Surfer dudes love them.

The Gold Coast has nothing on these beaches. (I kept an eye out for man-eating crocodiles while setting up this picture, that’s for sure.)

In my opinion, the greatest feature of Australia is its unique wildlife. Many of that continent’s animals can be found nowhere else on earth. The same is true of Little Australia’s wildlife.

Polarkoala Bear

Diggity Dingo




Incredibly, I was even attacked by a Bald Magpie.

Those Bald Magpies are relentless during nesting season. Luckily I have a new helmet so this Bald Magpie’s talons and beak could not penetrate my skull.

Finally, I made it to the outback town of Feeshkogoomba Springs. After a full day of riding in 40degrees (C) temperatures, you’re gonna build up a huge thirst. I don’t know, maybe it was actually 40-degrees (F), but either way, I needed a drink.

[Thank you to Em, Led, and Tony for the inspiration.]

10 response to "Little Australia: A Tour of Minnesota’s “Land Down Deep”"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 20, 2020

    Little wonder why Australians are so smart, who could pronounce, much less spell those names!
    Probably too cold in Deep Down Under Minnesota for those giant Gippsland worms to make themselves seen, but I’m certain they are there.
    Diggity Dingo and Polarkoala are without question my favorites — MN wombats are probably in seclusion too.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: November 20, 2020

    Thank you, Rich. As for me, I’ve read and edited and re-read this post and I can’t help but chuckle every time at Platyturkeypus. I don’t know why. Maybe because it is so fake.

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: November 22, 2020

    Crikey! A ripper of an entry, Greg! That must have been a gnarly arvo out woop woop. Glad the mozzies didn’t get you at least. And you certainly are no sook, no wucka’s when it comes to being attacked by magpies. Good onya, mate! Fair dinkum, a well deserved coldie at the end.
    (My apologies to Em, Lednar and Tony)

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 22, 2020

      Suzanne, I don’t know why but I can’t believe you speak such fluent Australian. You are a never-ending source of pleasant surprises. I hope you enjoy my next post as well because it involves a tour in MY Town’s German District. I’ll be writing it very soon.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 23, 2020

      Ha Ha, struth, I never realised you were tri-lingual, German, Oz-strayen and American. A ripper effort at ocker-lish

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 23, 2020

    Hey, you’ll redirect all our tourists to Hastings. Uluru 2 was very impressive, at least you could climb up it.

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 23, 2020

      Thanks, Led, but it might actually be a MORE difficult climb up Uluru II because it’s so soft. For every four steps up, you’d slide back down four steps. Also, your shoes would get filled with sand so often that you’d have to take off your shoes and empty them every five minutes.

    • By: gregblood Posted: November 23, 2020

      In Oz, we’d say it was a “groit” entry, but really it’s not that groit. It’s just goofiness. In fact, Led’s “Lovely Wife” once said I was something like “two roos short in the paddock.” I liked it. I’ll have to go back to find the exact quote.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: November 26, 2020

    Haha! Great job, Greg, I love it! I particularly love your parody platypus because that is the most obvious turkey that you cannot miss in contrast to the very elusive platypus. I’ve spent many early mornings and time sitting very still trying to see them, but in 22 years, I’ve only ever seen one! Those bald magpies look particularly vicious. And I’ve found that with our long place names, I never ever get the pronunciation right on the first try. There is a push to include First Nations place names when addressing letters/parcels:

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