If you think that you are properly introduced to Australia through its beaches, rainforests, koalas, kangaroos, and other natural wonders, think again—there is more in store for you in the land down under.

Australian cuisine is certainly above the world menus list. From meat pies, Outback Steakhouse, to espresso martinis, there are a lot more to taste in the country, far from what you expect.

We’ve listed down some of the must-try food when you study in Australia:

Meat Pie

People are often confused as to what a meat pie is: a dessert or a savory dish? A meat pie is a classic for Aussies, made with chunky meat inside a pastry. This is a staple that you can find in a local gas station, a bakery in Surrey Hills, or the iconic Beefy’s in Queensland. You can visit any of these places if you are craving one.

Meat pies also make for a perfect late-night study snack that you can share with your friends—or eat all by yourself.

Roast Lamb

Roast lamb is dubbed as Australia’s national food after scoring highest in a poll. It is one of the best dishes to put on a family table. Roast lamb can be cooked in many ways, highlighting the flavor through added herbs and spices. If you still have some left, you can put it in your sandwich or salad.

Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is widely known in Australia and is a drink staple. There are Australian brands such as Bundaberg that exports their ginger beer globally. It is loved by many due to its fizzy ginger taste. Ginger beer can go with anything—enjoy it as a refreshing daytime drink or a nightcap. Make sure to grab one or two with your friends. Although ginger beer is usually non-alcoholic, there is also an alcoholic version that you can enjoy.


Also a famous Australian specialty, the lamington is a sponge or butter cake coated in chocolate and rolled over desiccated coconut. It may contain an unusual surprise like a layer of cream or jam.

Lamington is very much honored in Australia that they celebrate this food through National Lamington Day, July 21.

Espresso Martini

Melbourne’s espresso martini is equivalent to New York’s cosmopolitan cocktail. This drink, although not a true martini, is a fun option. It is a cold, coffee-flavored cocktail made with espresso, coffee liqueur, sugar syrup, and vodka. Try an espresso martini out in a local pub, but make sure to drink moderately. If you are looking for something that will keep you awake late at night, this drink’s caffeinated kick will surely get you through.

Sausage Sanga

If you’re wondering what it is, a sausage sanga resembles an American hotdog. Indeed, there is nothing more Aussie than having one of these. Sanga is slang for sandwiches. Basically, a sausage sanga is an Aussie-made hotdog sandwich. There is a lot of Australian slang that you should learn so you won’t have trouble fitting in with the locals.

Study life in Australia can be adventurous, in all aspects, food included. So, go out of your comfort zone and try these culinary wonders.

Get a better understanding of Australian student life by reading our articles here at MSM Unify.