G is for… Goanna Pulling

I used to live in the beautiful, small fishing town of Wooli, in NSW, Australia.

Wooli, amongst many other quirky charactistics, is host to a bizarre sports competition called the Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships and more people need to know about this craziness!

Goanna pulling is a feat of strength between two people which has been around for two centuries. It’s like a tug of war, except instead of pulling a rope the contestants are connected by leather belts around their necks. It is said that they resemble the native goanna (a type of monitor lizard) when they compete:


Goanna Pulling brings around 3,000 visitors to the town (population 500) every year. Check it out!

If you want to know more about this wacky goanna pulling (I bet you do!) then why not visit http://www.goannapulling.com.au to find out more.

Sadly, I never entered the championships…


4 thoughts on “G is for… Goanna Pulling

  1. I honestly thought you were going to say, instead of using rope to pull, they used live goanna lizards. Which would have awesome and wrongly sick in equal measures.

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