How do barbecued chicken wings with native pepperleaf mustard, crocodile sausages, and kangaroo steak in quandong sauce sound? Or camel burgers with lemon myrtle and chilli sauce, followed by apricot and wattleseed crumble? These are all what we call bush tucker, and are examples of some of the food featured on our tours.
Our menus are put together with a passion for fresh, seasonal and local produce and native flavours. Adventure Tours Australia seeks out quality ingredients, incorporating them into our menus so that travellers get to experience real Aussie food – you won't find any processed, pre-packaged or pre-cooked food here!
We have also teamed up with Indigenous food producers Outback Pride, who supply us with a range of delicious native foods for our Safari in Style tours. The Outback Pride Project creates jobs for Aboriginal people who grow, harvest and produce Australian native food products in their own communities, in a similar way to how Aboriginal art collectives work.
Some of the products you might get to enjoy on our tours include sauces, mustards, chutneys and salad dressings, plus we use their native herbs and spices in our everyday cooking.
While our standard tours feature various bushtucker-style meals, our Safari in Style range raises the foodie stakes even further. The Safari tours combine gourmet bushtucker cuisine (including Outback Pride products) with stunning locations – imagine sipping Australian Yellowtail wines with an Uluru sunset as your backdrop, or eating native cuisine around the campfire in lush Kings Canyon. (This range of tours also feature premium, freshly brewed LAVAZZA coffee, so you can have a quality coffee fix even in the middle of the Outback!)
For an even more intensive experience, the 3 Day 4WD Kakadu Safari in Style includes an Aboriginal cultural experience looking at native food such as wild limes and ants that taste like lemons!
Want to know more about bush flavours?
This list is by no means exhaustive, but will give you an idea of what to expect from some of them:
- Bush cucumber A sweet fruit that grows a bit like a melon, and is ideal for salads, dressings and pickles.
- Desert lime A citrus fruit a bit like tiny lemons with a sour centre. Often used in fish sauces, salad dressings and deserts such as sorbet.
- Lemon myrtle A herb with a refreshing, lemony flavour. It is probably the best known bush tucker flavour, as its versatility makes it ideal for everything from fish and chicken to ice-creams.
- Mountain pepper Similar to common pepper, it has a more subtle, herbal taste. The pepperberries add dark plum hues to sauces and an intense peppery flavour.
- Muntries Small fruits that taste like apple and juniper mixed togther, are a great addition to jams, chutneys, and savoury dishes, or can be eaten as they are.
- Native thyme A strong-flavoured herb similar to common thyme, a small amount goes a long way.
- Passion berry Actually a wild tomato, these are sweet and aromatic, with a taste somewhere between a banana, caramel and vanilla.
- Qandong Sometimes called a native peach, this bright red, small fruit with twice the vitamin C of an orange. Goes well with most meats, in pies and even in ice-cream.
- Tanami apple Another bush tomato, it's flavour is described as a mix of melon meets zucchini. The seeds have to be removed or else they will be very bitter.
- Wattleseed The seeds of the acacia tree are roasted, and sometimes ground, for use in breads, sauces, meat dishes and deserts such as ice-cream and chocolate. They have a mild nutty, coffee-like aroma.
- Sea Parsley Related to European parsley, this grows on the edge of the sea. It is mostly used in soups, white sauces, dressings and with seafood.