Australian cuisine is a mouth-watering fusion of influences from its indigenous heritage and its diverse migrant communities. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or just curious about local foods, here are some iconic Australian dishes and where you can find them.

  1. Vegemite on Toast

Australia’s most iconic spread, Vegemite, is a yeast extract with a strong, salty flavour. It’s usually spread thinly on toast and is beloved by Aussies. Try it at any local cafĂ© or buy a jar from the supermarket to try at home.

  1. Meat Pie

The Australian meat pie is a handheld pie filled with minced meat and gravy, often topped with tomato sauce. You’ll find them in bakeries, supermarkets, and at footy games.

  1. Lamingtons

Lamingtons are square-shaped sponge cakes coated in chocolate and desiccated coconut, often with a jam or cream filling. They’re a staple in bakeries and cafes.

  1. Barramundi

Barramundi is a type of sea bass found in Australia’s northern waters. It’s popular in restaurants across the country, often grilled or pan-fried.

  1. Kangaroo Meat

While it might seem unusual to some, kangaroo meat is lean and rich in protein. It can be found in supermarkets and is often served in restaurants as steaks, sausages, or in burgers.

  1. Moreton Bay Bugs

These shellfish, named after Moreton Bay in Queensland, are a seafood lover’s delight. Try them in seafood restaurants, especially in Queensland.

  1. Pavlova

This meringue-based dessert, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit, is a classic Australian dessert, especially during Christmas time. Find it in bakeries and dessert shops.

  1. Chicken Parmigiana

A pub classic, the Chicken Parmigiana or ‘Parma’ is a crumbed chicken schnitzel topped with tomato sauce, ham, and melted cheese. You’ll find it on the menu in most Australian pubs.

  1. Damper

Damper is a traditional Australian soda bread prepared by swagmen, drovers, and other travellers. It’s often baked in a campfire and served with meals.

  1. Bush Tucker

To truly understand Australian cuisine, it’s worth trying bush tucker – traditional indigenous Australian foods. This might include kangaroo, emu, crocodile, and a variety of native fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Several restaurants and tours specialize in bush tucker, particularly in areas with a strong Indigenous presence.

As you settle into your new life Down Under, be adventurous and try these local foods. From enjoying a ‘parma’ at the local pub to trying Vegemite at home, these experiences will enrich your understanding of Australian culture and make you feel more at home.