Australia's culinary scene is almost unrecognisable from a couple of decades ago. Back then, here was a place of simple and largely unimaginative tastes imported from the US and UK, with pasta and pizza the extent of the variety. To see what it once was like, venture to an Outback roadhouse and order the special – typically as rich in grease as it is uninspiring in ambition. But just about everywhere else, the country's culinary offerings are filled with flavour and innovation, informed by a commitment to fresh ingredients and bequeathed endless variety by the extraordinary diversity of peoples who have come here from around the world (bringing their recipes with them) and now call Australia home.

The Basics

Australia's cities have stunning dining options, but regional areas, too, are increasingly known for the quality of their food, especially in South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Restaurants Range from cheap and casual to Michelin-starred hotspots. Choice is limited in smaller provincial towns but cities have endless variety.

Cafes Australia's cafe scene is first-and-foremost about great coffee but the food is often not far behind. Many open only for breakfast and lunch.

Pubs From old classics on main-street corners in country towns to spruced up gastropubs in hipster suburbs, good pub grub is never far away.

Roadhouses It's all about necessity. Think large but simple meals or takeaway.