With the impending arrival of Australia’s biggest pool party/backyard barbie looming, legends across the Gold Coast have been creating ridiculous treats—both edible and drinkable—for us to devour in honour of our national day.
From wagon wheel doughnuts to pavlova-inspired cocktails and a freakin’ sausage sizzle pizza…. these limited edition local dishes are totally worth hunting down this Australia Day long weekend. Because, Straya!
Tim Tam Twice Baked Croissant & Iced Vovo Éclair From Bam Bam Bakehouse
Never to be outdone with a novelty-themed baked creation, Bam Bam Bakehouse are upping the stakes with the return of the Iced Vovo Éclair (drool!) and the all-new Tim Tam Twice Baked Croissant. Think: not one but two Tim Tams (top and centre) wrapped around a flaky croissant and drizzled with more chocolate—yep, this beauty must be seen to be believed. To avoid the inevitable stampede that ensues whenever they release such outrageous must-have offerings, the Tim Tam Twice Baked Croissant, Iced Vovo Éclair AND ANZAC Cookie Croissant are only available this Australia Day long weekend if you pre-order via the website. You have been warned!
Pavlova Cocktail From No Name Lane
If eating is cheating and you only knock back liquid refreshments over the Australia Day weekend, good thing No Name Lane are two steps ahead. Introducing Pav on the Rocks, yep, a Pavlova-inspired cocktail with a blend of Cointreau, Lemoncello, vodka, plus more (‘cause we’re not giving all their secrets away), finished with a creamy top and sprinkled with colourful pops of strawberry, passion fruit and mint. Of course, if you went hard early, you’ll likely need some fuel to keep you going throughout the long weekend. Good thing their $10 espresso martinis never come off the menu… No Name Lane’s Aussie cocktail special is available Friday 26 through to Sunday 28 only, so don’t dilly-dally.
Sausage Sizzle Pizza From Salt Meats Cheese
Nothing says ‘Straya like a cheeky sausage sizzle. So, when we heard that two of our great loves—pizza and the humble sausage sizzle—were merging into one glorious morsel, we had to stop everything and tell you about it. Celebrating Aussietralia Day the best way they know how, Salt Meats Cheese in Surfers Paradise has created a limited edition (you guessed it) sausage sizzle pizza. As delicious as it sounds, imagine a sausage filled crust, topped with tomato, onion, mozzarella and even more sausage. Before you go and scream “but WHERE is the tomato sauce?!”, there will be bottles of mustard and tomato sauce at the ready for you to drizzle over your pizza ‘til your heart's content. Available Australia Day only for a cheeky 20 buckaroos!
Iced Vovo Cocktail From Cowch Dessert Bar
So you already knew Pacific Fair’s Cowch Dessert Bar knocks it outta the park in the dessert department, but have you worked your way through their entertaining cocktail list, too? This Australia Day, Cowch have re-created another childhood fave, the humble Iced Vovo biscuit, in cocktail form! We’re told this baby tastes identical to the biscuit and, most importantly, is seriously Insta-worthy. With goodness like Malibu, whipped cream, shredded coconut, berry coulis and an Ice Vovo biccie to garnish, the extra calories will be totes worth it. Available now for a limited time.
Wagon Wheel Doughnut From Paddock Bakery
Paddock Bakery is at it AGAIN, folks, answering all your dessert dreams with their genius Aussie-as mash-up—all hail the Wagon Wheel Doughnut! In celebration of Australia Day, Paddock’s legendary bakers have created yet another themed masterpiece, throwing us deep back into sweet memories of our childhood. Handmade with love and crafted on site, think: a chocolate glazed doughnut with gooey marshmallow centre and shortbread biscuit layer, then filled with raspberry jam and crumbly shortbread goodness sprinkled on top. We know, we’re drooling all over the place too. More of a visual person? Check out the deliciousness here. Available this weekend in limited quantities.
Yet to make plans for Australia Day? We’ve rounded up all the best events happening over the long weekend and you can find them here.
Image credit: Brooke Darling for The Urban List