To search for regionalisms - words, phrases or expressions used in particular parts of Australia - click anywhere on the map below to highlight a geographic region of your choice. You will then see a results page listing the regionalisms for that search area. You can click on any regionalism to view its definition.


Australian English has two classes of regional words. For some items, speakers must use a regional term because there is no word that is used all over Australia. For example, there is no word used everywhere in Australia for the type of sausage known variously as Belgium sausage, Byron sausage, devon, Empire sausage, fritz, German sausage, luncheon sausage, polony, Strasburg, and Windsor sausage.


For other items there is a word used everywhere in Australia, but there is also a regional word.


The map above displays the Word Map Regional Language Divisions. Each division has a number and a corresponding name. Click here to view the full list of Word Map Regional Language Divisions. Clicking on any area on the map will generate a search for regionalisms that have been submitted from that region.





28. Australia 27. Northern South Australia 26. Far West New South Wales 25. Adelaide Region 24. Eyre and York Peninsulas 23. Melbourne Region 22. Gippsland 21. Northern Victoria 20. Western District 19. Central Highlands 18. Wimmera and Mallee 17. Tasmania 16. Perth and Region 15. Central West Australia 14. Northern West Australia 13. The Centre 12. Darwin and North Coast 11. West Central Queensland 10. Far North Queensland 9. North Coast 8. Central Coast 7. Brisbane Region 6. Central West New South Wales 5. South Coast and Southern Tablelands 4. The Riverina 3. New England District 2. Hunter Valley and North Coast 1. Sydney Region