Australia doesn't have a specific national food. Foods which may
be considered traditionally Australian are those of its indigenous
citizens, which vary widely throughout the country. Other
Australians may have different views about what constitutes
The only food native to Australia that has become particularly
popular world wide is the Macadamia nut.
What might be, or once have been, considered 'typical'
Australian food is basically English in origin and could include
roast meat and vegetables, meat pies, vegemite on toast, and
lamingtons for morning tea. Having said that, very few families eat
like that regularly.
The food that Australians eat is much the same as that in the
rest of the world. Australia is a richly multicultural country and
its citizens represent all parts of the globe. Barbeques are
popular, whether at home, or at parks or beaches. Barbequed meats,
seafood and poultry, vegetables and fruit are all enjoyed, and this
is typical of many Australian families.
'Fast foods', or convenience foods, are popular, and the same
major chains operate here as in the rest of the world, with many
local outlets also operating. The traditional English-style fish
'n' chips shops are always popular, and still sell the
Chinese-inspired Chiko Roll, now US-owned, but considered a local
Australia is known for its 'damper and billy tea'. Damper is a
simple bush bread, rather like a large scone, cooked on an open
fire and served with butter, honey, or syrup. Together with billy
tea (tea boiled in a tin can on an open fire), it was popular among
swagmen - itinerant 'bushies' - as well as stockmen and other
outback workers in Australia's colonial years. These two items are
still popular camping fare today.
See the links below for excellent information on Australian
food, including a damper recipe.