An Aussie "barbie" is more than a meal, it's a social occasion. Barbecues can come in all shapes and sizes, from a brick box with a grill, to a new-fangled machine complete with wok and fridge. It can be fuelled by gas, coals or wood and is primarily used to cook meat. Barbecues have found particular prominence in Australia due to the temperate climate, making outdoor cooking a joy.
A pair of good tongs is an essential complement to any Australian barbecue. Barbecue tongs are longer than kitchen tongs to enable the cook to turn a piece of meat or sausage with out getting burnt by the heat source below.
Asian cooking utensils
Asian cooking, particularly South East Asian, is so popular in Australia that most Aussie kitchens features at least one or two Asian cooking utensils, be it a mortar and pestle for grinding spices, a wok for stir-fries or a bamboo steamer for steaming fish, vegetables or Chinese dumplings.