In Australia, you’ll never run out of new dishes and food items to try. While the country may have a diverse culture, it also has its fair share of iconic food items, including macadamia nuts, and Australian meat pies. Are you going on a food adventure in Australia? Here’s a list of must-try iconic food items to start you off!

Fish and Chips

Topping our list of iconic foods in the country is fish and chips. This takeaway food of deep fried chips, which are fries for other countries, and battered fish, is very popular. It originated during the 19th century, in Great Britain. Fish and Chips are common around the UK and Australia. In the country, people use rock cod, or reef cod for the fish. Others also use flake, a kind of shark meat, or barramundi, a type of Asian seabass. Early in the 21st century, Australian fish and chips shops also started using hooky, and farmed base from Vietnam.


Some people consider Pavlovas, ANZAC biscuits, and macadamia nuts as Australia’s national foods. This is despite the fact that the oldest Pavlova recipe is attributed to New Zealand. Pavlova, dessert based on meringue, has a crisp tasty crust with a light and soft inside. According to history, the food honors the ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, when she visited New Zealand and Australia. The main difference between this and meringue is that it has a marshmallow-like center. In addition, its consistency makes it more delicate than meringue. Traditionally, you’ll find Pavlovas topped with fresh soft fruit and whipped cream. You can buy factory-made Pavlovas and decorate them according to your liking.

ANZAC Biscuits

These biscuits are popular in New Zealand and Australia. People make these using baking soda, boiling water, desiccated coconut, flour, rolled oats, golden syrup, butter, and sugar. Many people associate ANZAC biscuits with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which was created during WW1. Some say wives sent these biscuits to soldiers abroad, as they don’t spoil easily. Today, you’ll find ANZAC biscuits in retail stores. Many often use these for fundraising projects. Australia also produces a British version of the ANZAC biscuits, which is sold in around the UK.

Meat Pie

Meat pies are famous around Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa. You’ll find variations of meat pies around the world. In fact, Natchitoches meat pie is an official state food of the United States of America. An empanada is Latin America’s version of meat pies or pasties. In New Zealand and Australia, meat pies are quick food items often found in convenience stores and gas stations. Some serve meat pies with vegetables or a pack of potato chips.

Violet Crumble

This is a locally made honeycomb chocolate bar. Its counterpart is Cadbury’s Crunchie. Violet crumble is also popular in other parts of the world, particularly Hong Kong, and Hawaii. Other notable food items you should try are lamingtons, the country’s national cake, macadamia nuts, and prawn cocktails. You may find some of these in different food and wine festivals across the country.