What is Australian cuisine?
Australia is a relatively new country. However, in its small history, it has adopted many cuisines from its large immigrant population and in many cases has created many foods from its natural environment and many inspired from the cuisine of other countries.
In Australia’s largest cities, namely Sydney and Melbourne, it is possible to dine on the cuisine from most countries and major regional areas.
Whilst there are areas of Australia where aboriginals live a traditional life and eat foods such as witchety grubs, green Ants (their abdomen), goanna, snake, lizard and wallaby, Australia’s cuisine is much more. It is a land of fresh food. Because of its wide variety of climates, it is largely self sufficient in its food needs. I have prepared a list of many foods that are either unique to Australia or have been developed in Australia.
– Vegemite on toast
– Avocado on toast
– Bacon and egg roll
Mains and Snacks
– Barbecue snags, steak and prawns
– Chicken parmigiana
– Crab sticks
– Fish ‘n’ chips (Barramundi, Flathead, Bream, Whiting)
– Grilled kangaroo
– Lamb Roast
– Moreton bay bugs and Balmain bugs
– Hamburger (An Australian hamburger has beetroot but no pickles)
– San Choi Bou (This was developed in Australia)
– Cheese and bacon roll
– Chiko roll
– Dagwood dog
– Green chicken curry pie
– Meat pies
– Sausage rolls
– Sausage sandwich
– Chicken and corn soup
– Pea and ham soup
– Salt and pepper calamari
– Neenish tart
– Lemon delicious pudding
– Peach Melba
– Vanilla slice
– Coffee (Flat White)
– Wine (fifth largest exporter of wine around the world)
– Golden Gaytime
– Anzac biscuits
– Iced VoVo
– SAO biscuit
– Tim Tam
– Mint slices
– Burger Rings
– Bertie Beetles
– Caramello Koala
– Cherry Ripe
– Eucalyptus Drops
– Fairy bread
– Fruit tingles
– Macadamia nuts
– Milko Chews
– Musk sticks
– Violet Crumble
Come with us on a day expedition to see wild kangaroos and pelicans.
The Entrance, a beautiful coastal town with a large sand bar, is home to one of the world’s largest pelican feeding venues. Here flocks of people are joined by groups of pelicans. Every day volunteers feed the pelicans scraps thrown out by a local fish and chip shop. The ritual has been going on for over two decades and attracts a crowd of both pelicans and people.
At another coastal town, we see kangaroos wandering around. Sometimes we see these urban big foots leaping down the street. At other times, we see them in the people’s gardens. We see them grazing on the local football field and parkland. Depending on the time of year, we may see a joey poke its head out of its mother’s pouch. They are fascinating and mesmerising to watch.
Some of the options on our kangaroos and pelicans tour are:
• Visit to an Australian wildlife park to see Australian animals up close and personal
• Find some wild kangaroos
• Pelican feeding
• Take a boat trip from Manly to the city
What to bring with you
Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, water bottle and a jacket. It can be cold in the valleys.
To request information about our Kangaroos and Pelicans Tour, please contact us.
Come and explore areas known for their wild kangaroos in Sydney and its surrounding area. We head to the Blue Mountains or Outer Sydney where we normally see as many as a dozen kangaroos, playing, eating, sleeping, etc. On some tours, we have seen over 100 kangaroos in the area on one day. If you are lucky, you may see kangaroos boxing or joeys sticking their heads out of their mother’s pouches. You will have time to walk around, watch and photograph their antics. Wild animal encounter experiences are mesmerising and magical. People who get to see wild kangaroos up close with Travel Ideology appreciate the uniqueness of the experience with these gentle furry beings. This is a true wild animal experience with wild kangaroos. That means that whilst you may get close, they will not let you close enough to touch them.
Kangaroos are unique animals in many ways. They are of the family “macropod” meaning big foot, so they are the only real life “Big Foot” scientifically proven anywhere in the world. They cannot walk backwards and are the largest animal to get around by hopping. Their babies travel in the pouches for up to 18 months. They hold records as some of the highest and longest jumpers in the world and propel themselves at up to 65km/h or faster than a race horse. Some say they are cute bundles of fur. Kangaroos are a symbol of Australia, appearing on both the coat of arms and the Australian Olympic flag. Australia is the only country in the world to eat the animals on its coat of arms. Kangaroo meat is very healthy being high in protein, low in fat and having no cholesterol. The female kangaroos can hold an embryo and two joeys at the same time making different milk for each of the joeys and holding the embryo in suspended animation until conditions are right in adverse times. You will learn more on one of our tours.
We often see native birds there (including kookaburras, galahs, cockatoos, rosellas, rainbow lorikeets, magpies, etc). You will see trees commonly only found in Australia, as we drive and walk through the Australian bush. Moreover, this is typical Australia.
Our price includes pickup, transport to the kangaroos and return to the Parramatta ferry where many people enjoy taking a ride back into the city. Optionally, we can return you to your accommodation in Central or Western Sydney.
If you would prefer,we can take you to a town where kangaroos roam the streets. Here you will see kangaroos in people’s gardens. See Urban Kangaroos
Departure time will be arranged so that we arrive just before sunset. This is the time when kangaroos are most active and are most likely to be available for visitors.
These are wild animals. As such, there is no guarantee that any kangaroos will be there for us when we get there. However, if there are no kangaroos, we will provide you a voucher to attend on another occasion at no charge. This has only ever happened once in our history.
For more information about our Sydney Wild Kangaroos Tour please contact us.
The Blue Mountains is an amazing world heritage listed wilderness at the door of a world-class city of 5 million people (only 70kms from the CBD). The Blue Mountains National Park is mostly virgin bush, and with an area of 2690 square kilometres, is larger than the country of Luxembourg. The Greater Blue Mountains area at 11,400 square kms is larger than countries such as Lebanon and Jamaica. Access to the Blue Mountains was carved out by explorers and convict labour roughly 200 years ago. Many of its roads were built of the beautiful Hawkesbury sandstone that abounds in the area. Back then it took 21 days to travel what now takes an hour and a half.
These Mountains feature one of the world’s largest eucalyptus forests with beautiful steep yellow Hawkesbury sandstone cliffs, deep green forested valleys and fresh clean mountain air. It is called the Blue Mountains due to the slight blue colour seen from a distance, as a result of the forest’s evaporating eucalyptus oil. The national park sports a great diversity of wildlife including flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the world. In addition to seeing kangaroos, you may be lucky enough to see goannas, black or sulphur crested cockatoos, rosellas, rainbow lorikeets or other Australian fauna.
We stop at excellent viewpoints to look out over the valley floor and brilliantly coloured sandstone cliff walls. Here we see amazing landscapes, breathtaking scenery, possibly see some kangaroos, native birds (including cockatoos, magpies, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, galahs and king parrots) and other wildlife. People come to admire, bushwalk, orienteer, rockclimb, abseil, mountain bike, horse ride and basically get back to nature. Its clean air and natural beauty are a drawcard for people from all over the world. Katoomba, the area’s largest town, is home to the world’s steepest railway, an ex mining railway. It is also home to the Three Sisters, a rugged formation of three rocky outcrops that stand side by side near Echo Point.
The tour is completely yours and we can either design a tour for you or you can tell us where you wish to go. It can be tailored for those who wish to walk challenging trails or those with young kids or seniors in their party. The choice is yours.
Some options for our Blue Mountains Tour are:
• Visit Echo Point (and The Three Sisters)
• Take a trip on the scenic railway and cable car
• Find some wild kangaroos
• See aboriginal paintings
• Visit Jenolan Caves (large limestone cave area on the far side of the Blue Mountains)
• See beautiful waterfalls
• Visit glow worms
• Pat a koala
• See small mountain towns
• Australian lunch
• Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park (See Australian native wildlife including saltwater crocodiles)
• Take a boat trip along the Parramatta River
Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, water bottle and a jacket. At over one kilometre above sea level, it is generally about 6 degrees cooler that Sydney city.
To request information about our Blue Mountains Tour, please contact us.
Our Northern Beaches Tour in Sydney shows a paradise within a city. With stunning beaches and national parks and a laid back beach culture, it would be difficult to find a comparison. In fact, one would say there would be possibly only a few modern cities with a population exceeding 5 million that offered beautiful safe swimming beaches in a climate where people could enjoy them. Sydney’s Northern Beaches are linked to the rest of Sydney by only 3 access points (Spit Bridge, Roseville Bridge and Mona Vale Rd) making it a little secluded from the rest of the Sydney metropolis ensuring its unique culture remains. The Northern Beaches are a treat with beautiful beaches and bush, pure water and air so clean you need to breathe it to believe it.
To ask which of Sydney’s beaches is best is possibly only a question for people who have not visited the area. Some beaches are better for surfing such as Long Reef with its great break, others are sheltered for swimming such as Freshwater and whilst some are relatively secluded, beaches like Manly and Dee Why have restaurants and cafes that overlook them.
The Northern Beaches is synonymous with water activities. People are seen swimming, surfing, body surfing, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, motor boating, fishing. Many people are seen jogging, running, bicycling as they take in the area’s clean salted air. From the Norfolk pine fringed Manly beaches to the palm trees of Palm Beach, the area is a recreational heaven. The insular peninsular is a great equaliser. Whilst some of the most expensive real estate is there and it is a popular place to live for some of Sydney’s movers and shakers, the people are really down to earth. The ex prime minister Tony Abbott was often interviewed coming out of the surf in just his speedos. People from all walks of life will go into the fish and chip shops in just their swimmers and thongs.
A tour of Sydney’s Northern Beaches is a fascinating way to see a side of Sydney that many people never experience. Visit the amazing beaches and bush of the north. Explore the beautiful flora and fauna and maybe see a kangaroo or goanna (a large lizard). See the beautiful harbours and beaches. Walk around the small rock pools and see small sea life (such as sea anemones and small crabs). If you want (and the season and weather permitting), we can snorkel in Shelly Beach where you can be lucky enough to swim with a groper (a big blue fish), a baby shark, skate or other fish. We can even take in a night view of the city skyline at one of the best viewpoints.
Some of the options for this tour are:
• See Aboriginal carvings
• Walk on a deserted beach
• See a suburban Sydney beach
• Visit some of the rock pools Sydney
• Walk to a lighthouse
• See Summer Bay from Home and Away
• Arrival or departure to Palm Beach by seaplane
• View Sydney skyline at night from excellent viewpoints
Did you know?
Freshwater beach was the birthplace of surfing in Australia when a Hawaiian swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku started showing off what he could do with a surfboard he’d made himself 100 years ago.
What to bring
Bring swimming costumes and towel (if you wish to swim). Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, water bottle and a jacket.
To arrange a private visit to Sydney with us, please contact us and let us know what you want.
For more information about our Northern Beaches Tour please contact us.
Sydney Harbour is one of the most majestic, unique and beautiful harbours in the world. It is world famous for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney’s unique Opera House as well as its yearly New Year’s fireworks. However, it is much more.
It is a beautiful natural paradise where people come sailing, swimming and cruising. Boats and kayaks ply its pristine waters. Around its shores, grassy areas and bushy tracks, people spend time walking, jogging, picnicking, etc. Here you can walk through bush trails whilst viewing the yachts on the harbourside and the expensive homes on the other.
The harbour has many small islands. Some offer natural and historical significance. Cockatoo Island, listed by UNESCO allows you to camp overnight and Fort Denison is just large enough to support the unusual sandstone building that is build on it. Others such as Shark Island provide a spot in the middle of the harbour for picnickers.
You want to sleep with wild animals? Taronga Zoo is located on the side of a hill overlooking the harbour. It offers ‘roar and snore’ experiences where people can spend the night at the zoo.
There are many small harbour beaches including Balmoral and Chinaman’s beach. Balmoral has a netted swimming pool and Cremorne Point has a rock swimming pool where you can swim and watch the Sydney skyline at the same time.
• Tour of the Sydney Opera House
• Tour of the pylon museum of Sydney Harbour Bridge
• Walk around the harbour
• Visit Cockatoo Island or Fort Denison
• Stay at the Taronga Zoo (roar and snore)
• Take a ferry to one of Sydney’s amazing destinations
What to bring
Bring comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, water bottle and a jacket.
With clean air and sparkling waters you will definitely want to visit. Travel Ideology can guide you around Sydney Harbour.
We can tailor our tours as desired.
For more information of our Sydney Harbour Tour please contact us.