GEO database for Australia, Oceania?

Hello, can anyone explain to me why shows up in most GEO IP databases as AU-Australia,
Oceania based? I realize the good boys at Cloud Flare are most likely doing anycast and the IP is going to actually respond from a more local datacenter, but why pick Australia for the original ARIN registration?

My company uses a very strict GEO IP based firewall for all connections. We only allow connections to the US and Canada. Just to get this community support page working I had to create the following exceptions…


URLs that I am sure serve more than Cloud Flare content.

Adam {redacted} and weren’t and aren’t assigned directly to Cloudflare. They’re assigned to APNIC, which is headquartered in Australia, for research. After APNIC and Cloudflare reached an agreement for Cloudflare to operate the and DNS resolvers, they updated the whois information to describe it, but didn’t change the physical addresses.

(Why APNIC? I don’t know. Probably just because it was their luck to be assigned by IANA, so it’s logical for them to manage research of its misuse.)

Simple, inaccurate geolocation will say the addresses are in Australia. (Just like it says IPs assigned to Cloudflare are in the US.)

inetnum: -
netname:        APNIC-LABS
descr:          APNIC and Cloudflare DNS Resolver project
descr:          Routed globally by AS13335/Cloudflare
descr:          Research prefix for APNIC Labs
country:        AU
org:            ORG-ARAD1-AP
admin-c:        AR302-AP   
tech-c:         AR302-AP   
mnt-by:         APNIC-HM
mnt-routes:     MAINT-AU-APNIC-GM85-AP
mnt-irt:        IRT-APNICRANDNET-AU
status:         ASSIGNED PORTABLE 
remarks:        --------------- 
remarks:        All Cloudflare abuse reporting can be done via
remarks:        [email protected]
remarks:        ---------------
last-modified:  2018-03-30T01:51:28Z
source:         APNIC

irt:            IRT-APNICRANDNET-AU
address:        PO Box 3646
address:        South Brisbane, QLD 4101
address:        Australia
e-mail:         [email protected]
abuse-mailbox:  [email protected]
admin-c:        AR302-AP
tech-c:         AR302-AP
auth:           # Filtered
mnt-by:         MAINT-AU-APNIC-GM85-AP
last-modified:  2011-09-22T03:53:02Z
source:         APNIC