Food & Drinks in Australia

Australian cuisine has an incredibly diverse, and is famous for its quality, range, and inventiveness that is parallel to many well loved cuisines around the world. For 40,000 before European settlement, all food traditions were based on bush tucker that were eaten by Indigenous Australians. British and Irish foods were brought to Australia when in the 18th century when the First Fleet and others settled into Australia. By the 19th century onwards, Australian cuisine evolved into Modern Australian food (also known as 'Mod-Oz') which has been influenced by immigrants and globalisation, with kosher, halal, biodynamic, and organic foods becoming readily available.

Australia is well-known for its local produce. This includes local fruits, seafood, beef, lamb, and wine, and cheese. Every region has its own food or beverage speciality, such as Bowen mangoes, Sydney rock oysters, Tasmanian salmon, Moreton Bay Bugs, Barossa Valley wines, and more.

Many restaurants in Australia serve Mod-Oz cuisine. This cuisine incorporates a fusion, adaptation, or interpretation of exotic influences. Many inventive Chefs have charmed a hungry audience with a culinary awakening, due to high quality Australian produce as well as the types of international cuisines from Australian immigrants. Major influences include Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai, French, and Indian. Some elements of bush tucker have also played a part in the modernisation of Australian food.

With the hot Australian climate, barbecues are common. During any sunny day on the weekend, Australians will go to their backyard or a local park to have a barbecue. Unlike Crocodile Dundee, Australians do not throw “shrimps on the barbie” but usually sausages, steaks, and prawns.

Those seeking a bit of adventure should definitely try out iconic Australian foods. One of the most famous bread spreads is Vegemite, which is similar to Marmite and Brovil. Some may say it looks and tastes like road tar, while others say it tastes like heaven. Other unique foods include lamingtons, Boston bun, vanilla slice, Weet-Bix, Jaffas, Minties, Chiko Roll, dim sim, musk sticks, macadamia nuts, ANZAC biscuits, and pavlova.

British take away foods are also prominently featured. These include meat pies, sausage rolls, and fish and chips. Meat pies are well loved, and are eaten at football games with tomato sauce. In South Australia, there is a unique dish called the Pie floater, where pies are inverted into pea soup and covered with tomato sauce.

When it comes to quenching your thirst, Australians are renowned for their alcoholic beverages. Although many foreigners will equate Australian beer with Fosters, Australians do not like drinking Fosters beer at all. Popular beer brands include Tooheys, Hahn, Victoria Bitter, and Carlton Draught. Australia's most famous wine is Penfolds Grange. This 1955 vintage has won more than 50 gold medals since 1962 internationally and is thought of being the best wine in the world. Over 50 million Lemon, Lime and Bitters (LLB) are drunk in Australia alone, most of them at a pub or after a game of golf.