Quick Content Guide
1. Kangaroo Meat
2. Tim Tams
Tim Tams have an iconic status in Australia– Sharon describes them as “chocolate biscuits that are loved by just about everyone.” Supposedly you can find the Pepperidge Farm version at Target stores in the US, but I haven’t seen them at my store. In any case, Australia is home to the originals, which my sources claim are far tastier than the US versions. And the huge variety of Tim Tam flavors are only available in Australia, making them an ideal Australia food souvenir.
Australia’s answer to Marmite is the yeasty, brown paste known as Vegemite. Vegemite addicts rave about the “unami” flavor but others are less convinced. You’ll have to pick some up and try it for yourself (Vegemite is best enjoyed spread over toast).
4. Weet-Bix Cereal
5. Australian Potato Chips
Sharon tells us that Australians love their potato chips, just as much if not more so than the Brits– but their flavors aren’t quite as wacky as those crazy Brits.
While that might be true, I can confirm that Australian flavors like Vegemite, Greek Feta and Herb and Cilantro chip are still leagues above the “craziest” flavor at my supermarket– mesquite barbecue.
6. British Food Favorites
Australia is part of the Commonwealth, and its close ties to the Queen can be seen in their grocery store picks. You’ll find plenty of aisles filled with British staples like baked beans and Cadbury bars, sometimes with an Australian twist.
7. Foreign Food Aisle
I love checking out other countries’ “foreign food” aisle (it can be especially entertaining to see check out the “American food” aisle). As Sharon tells us, a fair bit of the Australian supermarket is taken up by other cuisines, which for the most part, Australia does brilliantly. Well everything that is except Mexican– don’t expect to find anything beyond Ortega here. [Ed. note: In my experience, decent Mexican is one of the hardest things to find outside of North America].
8. Australian Meat Pies
Meat pies are much-loved in Australia, and while other countries may have their own version of meat pies, the ones you’ll find in Australia are truly unique. A classic Australian meat pie is hand-sized, and filled with meat, gravy and other assorted ingredients (mushrooms, onions and cheese are popular).
9. Australian Spirits
Sharon notes that the Australian supermarket is not a one-stop shop. To complete your shopping experience and load up on the finest Australian beer, wine and spirits, you’ll need to head next door to the separate alcohol section.But whatever you do, under no circumstances should you buy Fosters. As Sharon tell us, “Australians don’t drink Fosters – that’s for export as it’s disgusting. Look out for some James Squire or Beez Neez instead.”
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Tuesday 13th of November 2018
This is the best place to get your souvenir getaway when you visit Australia. Thank you for sharing.
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Wednesday 31st of January 2018
Hi! Came across your post whilst researching.....what a great overview by Sharon - got a kick out of seeing our Aussie products! Cheers :)
Monday 19th of June 2017
Thanks for this interesting resource- There are a few other things you might consider too- Australian tea, for example Twinings Australian afternoon tea and various organic black tea from rainforest areas of north Queensland eg Madura. These are not expensive (A$3 to A$6 per packet in Australian supermarkets. Also consider Lucas pawpaw ointment for cuts and sores. Eucalyptus and tea tree oil (most Australian pharmacies and supermarkets). Some native Australian fruits are available but harder to find, eg native tomatoes, lemon aspen, quandong (particularly nice in chocolates from Haigh's chocolates from Adelaide but also from their shops in Sydney, Melbourne). Bundaberg rum (duty free stores and liquor shops everywhere in Australia), various Australian wines (too numerous to mention and could start a brawl with many Australians having strong views). There are also many traditional styles of clothing for shearers and stockmen/women. The best known is by RM Williams with stores all over Australia- boots, Drizabone coats, Akubra hats, etc. There are so many beautiful Aboriginal and Torres Strait items- some a bit touristy but I think the grass mats, bags and seed necklaces are very attractive. I can provide some more detail including photos if people are interested.
Also, I noticed that you don't have a page about souvenirs from Antarctica. I have strong views on this, not that I buy souvenirs as such but I do like to find something nice to give friends after my travels and I was disappointed with unimaginitive, expensive items on sale in various places where people embark on trips to Antarctica eg Ushuaia in Argentina, Hobart Tasmania, Christchurch, etc. Are you interested in some Antarctic souvenir suggestions? I have been to Antarctica 5 times as a scientific researcher.
Tuesday 24th of October 2017
Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed reply. Amazing suggestions, I am definitely taking notes!! Particularly interested in aboriginal items. I'm so sorry for the late reply and I REALLY hope you're checking back because the #! souvenir on my list I'm interested in is ANTARCTICA!!!!! IF you see this please email me at [email protected] I would absolutely love to hear about your ideas (and experiences there, how fascinating!!). Thank you!
Tuesday 24th of October 2017
Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to write out this comprehensive reply!! Those are excellent suggestions. I'm sorry in the delay in getting back to you and YES would absolutely love Antarctica suggestions, Antartica is part of my "holy grail" souvenir quest!! I really hope you are checking back! Email me: [email protected]
Wednesday 5th of April 2017
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