In many ways, Australia is a foodies paradise.
In terms of produce, Australia is a large island-continent with no
land borders with other countries. This has enabled us to remain
relatively free of diseases and contaminants in our produce. The
continent straddles a large range of latitudes and climates from
tropical to cool temperate which allow for a large range of produce and
livestock to be cultivated. Australians (at least in the large cities)
have access to a large range of fresh inexpensive food.
When it comes to turning these ingredients into meals, Australia has
had a large influx of immigrants from most countries of the world
bringing with them many cooking techniques and traditions.
Add to that the range of indigenous and Aboriginal ingredients and
techniques and Australia produces a unique mix of foods and dining
experiences influenced by a number of cultures but seems to have at its
core fine ingredients simply prepared.