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Yummy! 10 iconic Australian foods you have to try

Yummy! 10 iconic Australian foods you have to try

What exactly do we eat a lot of in Australia? What iconic Australian foods do you have to try when you are here?

Delicious fruit may spring to mind. While Australian fruit is pretty good it is only available when in season (in Queensland anyway) unless you want to pay an exorbitant price.

In terms of meat kangaroo seems to be the expectation.While I do see kangaroo meat for sale in Coles and Woolworths it is not something I have eaten since being here. Not sure it features heavily on Australian family menus either. However there are some things that are truly Australian and you will inevitably come across if you spend any time here.

There are some foods that are so iconically Australian that you really have to try them (even if they make your toes curl or cause you to chunder – yes I am talking Vegemite here!) so lets check them out!


VEGEMITE


Well what can I say about vegemite?? Probably the most iconic Australian foods! First of all it in NOT marmite.

According to Wikipedia “Vegemite is a thick, black Australian food spread made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives. It was developed by Cyril Percy Callister in Melbourne, Victoria in 1922.”

Marmite was invented a few years earlier in the late 19th century by a German scientist and in the 1902 the Marmite Food Extract Company was formed in Burton-upon-Trent in England. (Where I happen to have lived for 18 years prior to moving to Australia!)

Vegemite is pretty popular in Australia and has I believe a thicker texture and is more meatier than its British counterpart. Luckily for my husband he can buy marmite here as he is not a fan of the Aussie rip-off!

 

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TIM TAMS


From one Aussie creation I can’t stand to one I LOVE! Tim Tams are NOT like UK penguin biscuits. No. They are a MILLION times better!

Coming in loads of great flavours do the Tim Tam SLAM and try not to eat the entire packet!!!!!!

* A Tim Tam Slam involves drinking your tea through the Tim Tam like it was a straw then eating it seconds before it melts. Just suck quickly or watch the biscuit dissolve into your tea!!

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GOLDEN GAYTIME


As the catchphrase goes you can’t have a gaytime on your own!

This iconic Australian ice cream snack was created in 1959 by Aussie company Streets. Golden Gaytime come in a variety of flavours to cater to all tastes. And they have the best name ever. So you really do have to try one!

australian foods vegemire timtams golden gaytime


ANZAC BISCUITS


Anzac biscuits were named after the biscuits that were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers abroad. The biscuits have ingredients that do not spoil easily (no eggs) which meant they kept well during naval transportation. 

Anzac Day (25th April) is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand and commemorates the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and NZ forces in WW1. . Children make anzac biscuits in school and although Anzac biscuits can be bought all year round you will see them more prominently displayed in shops.

Click here for a recipe to make your own anzac biscuits!


PAVLOVA


Although not invented in Australia (as many Aussies think) the pavlova is a dish that seems to be incredibly popular here.

Crunchy meringue with a classic topping of cream and passionfruit is popular particularly in summer and is a classic Christmans dessert!

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LAMINGTONS


Lamington’s were apparently named after were named after Lord Lamington who served as Governor of Queensland between 1896 and 1901.

Sponge cake covered in chocolate and rolled in coconut typifies a lamington (though some can have a layer of raspberry jam between two halves of sponge)

A true Queensland-born sensation make sure to buy home made – easy if you attend a school fundraisers or  “lamington drive!”

 

PAVOLVA LAMINGTONS AND ANZAC BISCUITS


MORETON BAY BUGS


Don’t be put off by the fact that this delicious seafood looks like a giant cockroach/woodlouse because it is truly scrumptious! A type of lobster if you see them on the menu or are (as we were) offered them at a BBQ do try them!


FAIRY BREAD


A favourite at kid’s birthday parties fairy bread is simple to make!  Take a slice of white bread, butter it then sprinkle hundreds and thousands over the top!!!! Easy!!!

fairy bread

 

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SCHNITZEL


So you don’t think of schnitzel as one of the iconic Australian foods? Do you think schnitzel is an Austrian dish??? Nope here in Australia they own it! Schnitzel is everywhere and if you are lucky enough to ever dine at the Mount Pleasant Tavern’s House of Schnitzel in North Mackay there you will find every possible combination of sauces and other accompaniments to ensure you find something you will love!

My favourite? The wedgie. I am not saying another word!!

schnizel

 

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SNAG SIZZLE


Head to Bunnings for a snag sizzle! Basically one sausage, one slice of bread, optional onions and a range of sauces make up the great snag sizzle! All for $2.50.

No visit to Bunnings is complete without a snag sizzle. Just keep an eye out for the the canvas tent outside the door and have your $2.50 on hand!

ICONIC AUSTRALIAN FOODS


Those are my top ten choices for interesting Australian foods you have to try – what have I missed out!!! Let me know in the comments!!!


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Author: Tracy

Working my way around the globe for 30 years – teacher, traveller, and train lover. Sharing authentic experiences from my travels and life as an expat in Australia.

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18 Comments

  1. July 14, 2018 / 4:41 am

    I actually have a recipe for ANZAC cookies – my sister had a roommate from Australia that introduced us to some fun foods! I would like to try a Gaytime, but I don’t imagine those travel well 🙂

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      No they might melt a bit! You must make the biscuits!

  2. July 20, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Now you have me thinking about Vegemite sandwiches and singing “I come from the land down under” haha Wouldn’t mind trying a lot of these when we make it to Oz one day! #FeetDoTravel

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Lol – definitely try the Lamingtons and TimTams!

  3. July 20, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    This reminds me of how my aunt would send us care packages from Australia (including Vegemite). I once forced my entire 5th grade class to try Vegemite… they weren’t so thrilled. Maybe I should have served fairy bread? That would have tasted way better. 🙂

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Yes I think fairy bread would have been more popular!

  4. July 20, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    I am a big fan of MasterChef Australia (watch on YouTube) and because of that, I am familiar with several of the things you have in your post. Also, we have a cafe owned by Australians at the beach and we have been able to try some of these. But, I am pretty sure all of these taste way better in Australia. I am eager to try them there. Well, I think I will skip the vegemite. #feetdotravel

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Some of them do Ruth but some don’t (vegemite!)

  5. July 22, 2018 / 8:51 am

    Vegemite – you either love it or hate it. Growing up in Australia, we go from breast milk to vegemite to solids. LOL. I have to admit, it’s in my cupboard in Dubai! In fact, Masterchef Australia had an immunity challenge using this season. Hahahaha!

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      I missed that one – I love Australian masterchef! Would have loved to see what they made with it…eurghhhhhh! LOl

  6. July 23, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Thanks for this great list of Australian food. When I was traveling around Australia I actually wondered what their typical food even is? Usually, country/region typical food can be found everywhere – like when you travel to Belgium, for example, you can find waffles and beers everywhere, or bratwurst when traveling to Germany. In Australia, I didn’t find anything like that. Well except “Tim Tam” which were way too sweetness for my taste. But at least I can say I try one Australian food. hehe 😉

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Yes sugar I think is the national dish! Everything is so sweet! Not a great culinary nation if I am honest!

  7. July 23, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I have never tried Vegemite but now I’m curious! My friend spent 5 weeks in Australia recently and searched for peanut butter everywhere. Came home and ate lots of it here — ha ha! I’ll have to ask her about the foods you mention!

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      You can get peanut butter everywhere – crunchy/smooth. I have 2 jars in my cupboard! Tell her the 2 big supermarkets Coles and Woolworths sell it!

  8. July 23, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    While I can’t understand how anyone can eat vegemite – yes I tried it once, never again – I love Lamingtons. Since I don’t live in Australia, I learned to make them, and they became a family favorite.

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      I agree – yuk to vegemite! Love Lamingtons too!

  9. July 24, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Tim Tims are just the best! I took some back to the UK to do a Tin Tam v Penguin challenge as they are similar, but definitely Tim Tams kick Penguins butt! A good ol’ fashioned outback must-try is Damper, I blooming loved that with lashings of butter and honey. Look out for it. #feetdotravel

    • TracyJane
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      I love Damper too! Lots of butter and jam and a nice hot cuppa in the outback winter! Yum!! I love TimTams too but have had to stop eating them as have put on too much weight – Australians have a sweet tooth and there is sugar in everything here!

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life as an expat in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

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