I’m unsure if this is a bug per se, so putting this in general for now. This image illustrates the problem well:
Using Heron Island as an example, if I type ‘heron i’ (so I don’t even need the whole thing) into the search bar, the place Heron Island comes up straight away. If I type the exact same thing into the search bar on the explore tab, I get nothing. In fact, no matter what I type in the explore tab I can’t actually find Heron Island at all, even if I type out the full place name verbatim. I’ve found this issue with a number of places. This makes no sense to me, as that top search bar takes me to the explore tab anyway, so how could the two give different results? Also, it seems strange that some places are literally unsearchable on the explore tab.
In a similar vein, the order of place names differs. @bushbandit brought this up with me today. He has to type the full ‘Victoria, AU’ for it to appear at all in the explore tab (I can reproduce this). When typing in Victoria, numerous other places, including specific streets, appear before the entire Australian state. But using the search bar on the home page, it only requires ‘vi’ for it to appear. What dictates this order?