Drinks in Australia

Find out about the popular drinks of Australia, including the regional specialities of Australian wine...

"Billy Tea", described in the folk song Waltzing Matilda was a staple Australian drink of the colonial period. It was traditionally prepared by boiling water into a billy, or cooking pot, over a fire with a gum leaf for flavour. The migration of many Europeans since 1945 has led to espresso coffee becoming a more popular drink than tea.

The early settlers brought rum with them and it was soon being produced in the new colonies. In the early years of European settlement rum was a major currency. Beer has also been popular since colonial times with beer being brewed since the late 18th century. In the late 20th century Australian beer, particularly Foster's lager, has become popular around the world.