15 Unique Australian Desserts

Australia’s dessert scene is as vibrant and diverse as the country itself. But what makes a dessert truly special? It’s when a sweet treat can transport you to the place it comes from, creating a vivid picture in your mind. 

Many of these desserts use local produce and ingredients native to Australia, offering unique flavours that showcase the country’s natural beauty. Some desserts highlight regional specialties, others put a creative twist on classic recipes, and some are just all-time favourites we can’t get enough of.

In this blog, you’ll learn about 15 unique Australian desserts that capture the spirit of this amazing country!


Although we often debate its origins in New Zealand, we wholeheartedly embrace Pavlova. This meringue-based dessert has a crisp crust and a soft, marshmallow-like centre, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit!


Lamingtons are cube-shaped sponge cakes covered in chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut. They’re a beloved Australian treat, perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits are crunchy oat cookies made with rolled oats, coconut, golden syrup, and flour. Originally sent to Australian and New Zealand troops during WWI, they have a chewy texture and a caramel-like flavour.

Vanilla Slice

Also known as a custard slice or a snot block (due to its texture), this dessert features layers of layers of crisp puff pastry filled with thick vanilla custard, topped with a pastry lid and dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Peach Melba

Dedicated to the Australian opera singer Nellie Melba, the Peach Melba showcases the natural sweetness of ripe, poached peaches complemented by the tartness of raspberry sauce, all with vanilla ice cream as the base.

Wattleseed Crème Brulé

The nutty, roasted flavour of wattleseed from Australian acacia trees adds depth to this rich, creamy custard dessert with a crunchy caramelised crust.

Tim Tam Slam

Who doesn’t love Tim Tams? To do the Tim Tam Slam, you bite off opposite corners of a Tim Tam to create a small opening at each end. Then you use the Tim Tam like a straw to suck up a hot beverage, like coffee or hot chocolate, allowing the liquid and melted chocolate to combine into a delicious slurry inside the crunchy biscuit before devouring the whole thing. It’s a chocolatey, messy delight.

Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake

This is a classic cheesecake infused with the zesty, slightly spicy flavour of lemon myrtle, a native Australian herb with a strong citrus taste.

Quandong Pie

The quandong, a tart desert peach native to Australia, makes for a luscious pie filling when baked inside a buttery, flaky pie crust. This rustic dessert captures the intense flavours of the Australian outback in every bite.

Golden Gaytime

This iconic Australian ice cream treat features a toffee and vanilla ice cream bar coated in a crisp chocolate shell and sprinkled with crunchy cookie crumbs. Perfect for grabbing at the local convenience store during summer!

Iced VoVo

From the same company that makes Tim Tams, Iced VoVos are round, coconut-flavored biscuits sandwiched with a light, fluffy raspberry or strawberry cream filling. The top is coated with a thick layer of soft pink or white icing.

Fairy Bread

This is one of the most whimsical and beloved Australian treats, especially for children’s parties. It’s made by buttering slices of white bread and covering them with a generous sprinkling of hundreds and thousands (colourful cylindrical sprinkles or nonpareils). 

Macadamia Tarts

Tart shells filled with a gooey, buttery filling, loaded with crunchy macadamia pieces sourced from the subtropical rainforests of eastern Australia.

Pepperberry Meringues

These are light, airy meringue cookies flavoured with native Tasmanian pepperberry, which adds warmth and spice.

Golden Syrup Dumplings

With their sticky, sweet syrup and fluffy dough, these dumplings are a comforting Australian dessert enjoyed warm on chilly days. Made with simple pantry ingredients like golden syrup, flour, and milk, they’re a beloved classic that brings joy with every bite.

So, there you have it! 15 unique Australian desserts. Our favourites are on this list, but we can all agree these treats are special, right? Whether you love nostalgic classics or are eager to try new flavours, these desserts will surely delight you. Is your favourite on the list?

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