There are many local foods to discover in a country as diverse and large as Australia. You’ll find delicious seafood, as well as more unusual options like reptilian meat or the national animal (more later). Here are some of the best food and beverages from the Land Down Under.

Vegemite
This is a very popular one, and it’s known under many different names around the world. This dark brown paste is made from leftover brewer’s yeast extract and various spice and vegetable additives. It sounds disgusting. But, if you spread it on toast with butter, it is delicious. This is a popular snack both in Australia and the UK. It is known in Britain as Marmite, but Australians swear Vegemite has the best recipe.

Witchetty grubs
Although they may make you feel queasy, these are large, white, wood-eating larvae. However, the taste is delicious and has been the preferred snack for Aboriginal Australians for many centuries.

Lamington
This is a square-shaped sponge cake covered in chocolate icing and coconut shavings. It can be found in almost all cafes. The National Trust of Queensland even named it one of Australia’s favourite icons.

Snags
These sausages are known in Australia as English-style sausages. They come in two types: thin, which resemble traditional English breakfasts, and thick, which are barbecued. There are many meat options for snags. Traditionally, chicken, pork and beef are the most popular. However, more recent developments have seen gamey meats like kangaroo being made into snags. This allows for a lower-fat option. You’ll find snags stuffed in a roll and covered with your favourite sauce on many barbecues across Australia.

Kangaroo
Australians will eat the national animal without hesitation. It can be grown in the wild, and it is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. In 2010, more than 55 countries had received it. Another indigenous Australian staple, Kangaroo, is high in protein, low in fat, and is most commonly served as a steak or as snags.

Crocodile
This one isn’t exclusive to Australia. But Crocodile Dundee made it the most popular country associated with reptilian meat. It’s considered rare and delicious meat and is not often eaten. However, it’s a delicious, tender white meat, low in fat and high in protein. It’s very similar in appearance and flavour to the chicken. As the flavour is delicate, it’s best to marinate in a simple sauce and cook it on skewers.

Fantails
Nestle’s sickly sweet, sugary candy is a popular Australian food. It contains chewy caramel covered in milk chocolate. It is well-known for its unique wrapping, yellow and blue, with movie trivia written on it. This makes it a popular sweet to snack on while watching a movie.

Beer
Yes. We do. Although this is not unusual or particularly bizarre, it is notable for the speed at which Australians consume beer. The Australian love for a cold one served in a stubby, a small glass bottle that can be consumed quickly to keep the liquid from reaching room temperature is well-known beyond Australia’s glistening shores. Brands like ‘Fosters’ and ‘XXX’ Lager have been exported successfully. These brands can be found in many pubs in Britain.

Solo
This popular Australian energy drink is targeted at men. There’s nothing unusual about lemon-flavoured soft drinks but look at their TV ads to see why they include it. Six different versions of the soft drinks are available now, with the latest offering including guarana and caffein for more energy. We don’t understand why you would want it on top of a fizzy beverage that already contains 50% sugar, but it continues selling in great numbers.

Peach Melba
Finally, the Peach Melba. This delicious dessert is not Australian. It was created by Auguste Escoffier, a legendary French chef, at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1892 to honor Nellie Melba, an Australian soprano. This dessert combines raspberry sauce and peaches, served with vanilla ice cream. It’s hard to find it anywhere else, but it’s well worth the effort.

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