Last month, food and travel instagrammer Melissa, the ‘girl’ in @girleatworld embarked on a trip down under with YHA Australia, beginning in the Northern Territory and heading down to Sydney, New South Wales before winding up in Victoria’s Melbourne.
Covering a whole lot of ground, her journey captured in beautifully composed foodie photos gives us some great ideas about how to eat our way around Australia: Northern Territory
Crocodile burger at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin
This ANZAC biscuit eaten by the salt-covered Lake Amadeus chain is a commemoration of those who fought in WWI. It is said that the wives of soldiers would make these for the troops to snack on, since the ingredients (rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water) would keep for ages.
A delicious Aussie meat pie at the Anzac Hill Lookout in Alice Springs, NT. Alice Springs is smack dab in the middle of Australia.
Munching on some Arnott’s Shapes (another classic Aussie snack) after a swim at Motorcar Falls, Kakadu National Park
Cherry Ripe, with Kata Tjuta in the background.
The Aussie way to have fish ‘n’ chips, by the beach in the sunset, in Darwin on a Sunday, with the Mindil Sunset Market on.
A dinner strolling on Mitchell Street on Darwin CBD: with a mixture of cuisines; Thai, Indian, Chinese, Fish & Chips, and this kebab box!
On a 3 day camping tour to Kakadu and Litchfield. Snacking on an Iced VoVo (a classic Australian biscuit with pink icing, jam and coconut) at the top of Ubirr Rock, a beautiful national park full of Aboriginal painting on the rock walls.
A hot air balloon to watch the sun rise deep in Australia’s outback, the Red Desert. Here she is eating a Lamington, a very Australian cake described as “sponge cake covered in a dark rich chocolate coating and rolled in coconut shaving”.
Kangaroo canapé while overlooking Uluru during sunset
New South Wales
What the locals are eating in Sydney: first up is this ridiculously surreal ice cream on clouds ☁️ from Aqua S, best dubbed as “ice cream made for instagram”. This is the seasalt and grapefruit flavour with caramel popcorn and candy floss topping.
The highly requested Tim Tam at Australia’s most iconic landmark, Sydney Opera House.
In Newtown, an eclectic neighbourhood in Sydney. Whilst you are spoiled for choice in Newtown, this delicious and insta-worthy Strawberry Watermelon cake with Rose cream from Black Star Pastry is a must.
Last Sunset in Sydney, Pavlova Gelato from Gelatissimo at The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood.
Fish and chips at the Royal Botanic Garden next to the Sydney Opera House!
A Blue Mountain tour, with a smiley cookie at Katoomba, overlooking the famous Three Sisters on the top left corner.
Enjoying a morning croissant choc chips with a side of urban art at Rutledge lane in Melbourne.
A Flat White from 3 Lil Monkey at Center Place, the prettiest lane in Melbourne!
The Melbourne coffee scene brings a whole new league to quality: try League of Honest Coffee and Manchester Press, and order your coffee ‘Magic’, the Melbourne ratio of milk to coffee with a double ristretto. Taste the magic.
Adriano Zumbo Tim Tams at the 12 apostles lookout, Great Ocean rd.