As the weather in Australia begins to warm up, we wanted to go in search of the best Australian ice cream parlours. There’s no better way to cool down than to enjoy a sweet treat at the same time.
From traditional gelato to soft serve, along with some innovative and exciting new ways of serving ice cream, there is something here for everybody.
So, forget about the diet, it’s time to treat yourself at one of the best Australian ice cream parlours…
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Imagine this: Smooth Belgian chocolate gelato served with double house-made salted caramel and caramelised popcorn. If you’re not drooling already then head straight to Whisk Creamery in Perth and prepare to drown in desire for all of the delicious flavours they’ve got on the menu here.
This fantastic gelateria knows that there is no good gelato without great ingredients, so they use only the freshest ingredients that are in season, and make all ice cream on site. Their flavours are the absolute bomb: blackberry and salted chocolate, banana milk or a sweet apple crumble. Easily one of the best ice cream parlours in Australia.
Here, they’re passionate about their own ice cream that they produce their own Jersey cow’s milk as well as Ecuadorian cacao. These are some serious ice cream professionals we’re talking about. Their flavours are unique and original and you’ll find yourself really struggling for choice. Maybe have three scoops instead of two?
Fancy sampling the best Italian ice cream in Australia? You’ll have to travel to Cairns where you can indulge in the array of flavours offered at Gelocchio. Our top suggestion? Their giant, coveted Ferrero Rocher treats. They’ve got Ferrero Rocher ice cream on the inside and then they’re dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in toasted hazelnuts.
Bored with traditional ice cream flavours? Head to 48 flavours to relish in a variety of mouthwatering choices. They specialise in Asian and vegan flavours, so expect to enjoy flavours such as Durian, Roasted Walnut, and Organic Fig.
Authentic, creamy flavours are what you’ll find at Pietro Gelateria in Perth. While they’re known locally as one of the best ice cream parlours, we think they deserve a place on the list of the best ice cream parlours in Australia for their secret, unique recipe and creative flavours. Ricotta, Orange & Dark Chocolate, anyone?
Milani House of Gelato serves over 40 flavours of homemade gelato, plus sorbet and fruit cups, all prepared from fresh ingredients. The quality of gelato here is so superior that they even won the 2019 award for Highest Scoring Premium Gelato in Australia.
Curiously creative and downright delicious are exactly what you can expect from any one of the cones you order at Cow & The Moon. This ice cream parlour serves quality coffee on the side, which makes for a nice finish after devouring a cup with Balsamic Strawberry or Salted Banana Caramel.
Inspired by Middle Eastern and Asian flavours, it is made with pure, certified organic black sesame, this flavour is intense! As always, expect the amazing texture we are famous for – velvety and smooth. Did you know? Black sesame is packed with powerful antioxidants, minerals & vitamins.
The ice cream here might be pure vegan, but that doesn’t stop it from being the most delicious in Australia. Visitors travel from all over Perth and beyond just for the chance to taste the fresh-made vegan ice-cream and desserts here. With flavours like Matcha Mint and Spiced Coconut & Caramel, you might never be able to enjoy dairy ice cream again.
This floating creamery and ice cream parlour is definitely one of the most creative locales on this list. And, the creativity doesn’t stop there. With over 50 different flavours to choose from, you can create a delightful mixture of unique flavours that will tantalise your taste buds and leave you coming back for more.
When a gelato craving hits, head straight to Pidapipó in Melbourne. The owner’s attended a gelato university (no joke), so you know the flavours are going to blow your mind. And, the trendy 60s Italian aesthetic of the locale itself makes it easy to stay for just a few more scoops each time.
The ice cream experts behind Gelatissimo are dedicated to innovation. They recently made headlines after coming out with a flavour fit for both humans and dogs. But, you can enjoy their authentic gelato in any one of the other 45 flavours they have to offer, too.
Discover Italian gelato made from the finest ingredients and seasonal fruits at one of the best ice cream parlours in Australia. The owners here are from Bologna, which means they’ve got gelato running through their veins, or at least it seems that way. Upon tasting the flavours here, though, we think you’ll agree that it’s some of the best in Australia.
This local ice cream parlour has been serving quality sweet treats to the residents of Bathurst for over 25 years. However, as more and more people get wind of how great the ice cream is here, it’s made their ice cream maker pretty busy. Try the Sofala Gold or Bridle Track flavours – you won’t regret it.
The man behind Frugii Dessert Laboratory in Canberra is a self-proclaimed ice cream alchemist, and his magical powers seem to have some sort of effect on the flavourful scoops he serves here every day. From the ever-classic Tim Tam to the experimental Peanut Butter and Bacon, there’s something here for everybody.
Who’d expect one of the best Australian ice cream parlours to be tucked away in the sleepy Victorian town of Apollo Bay? Dooley’s Premium Ice Cream is an award-winning ice cream parlour serving up delectable scoops in a variety of flavours. Sour cherries and crushed pistachios are just a few of the toppings you can add to your treat.
Darwin foodies delight – one of the best ice cream parlours in Australia is right in your own backyard. Flavourful sensations are standard fare, with visitors raving about premium flavours such as Turkish Delight and Black Magic.
Fancy sampling some of Australia’s tastiest exotic fruits in the form of deliciously creamy ice cream? Daintree Ice Cream Company serves superb scoops of fruity flavours that include coconut, mango, soursop & wattleseed. Australian ice cream will never be the same.
One of Melbourne’s premier restaurants is also home to some of the best ice cream in Australia. Head to Zero Gradi to indulge in a truly unique culinary experience that will take you on a journey through various creative flavours.
Enjoy over sixty udderly famous ice cream flavours at this unique creamery that also features playgrounds and fun grasslands to explore. There’s a Family Fun Park on-site, so plan to spend the day enjoying adventurous pursuits and then treating yourself to some of the best ice cream in Australia.
Gelato Messina serves lots of quality flavour in every scoop, but what you really need to try is The Rexinator. It’s got vanilla gelato with swirls of raspberry sorbet, vanilla marshmallows, freckles, chocolate chip cookies and raspberry jellies.
Handmade gelato streams from authentic Italian ice cream machines at Popolo Artisan Gelateria in Newcastle. The owner grew up in Naples and has dedicated himself to serving Australians quality gelato for years.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. This couldn’t be any truer than at I Scream in Grafton, which serves premium Australian ice cream to locals and travellers alike. It’s so tasty that you’ll scream for more – especially after sampling flavours such as Jacaranda and Rock Salt.
Nitrogen ice cream is one of the tastiest new trends in the world of sweets, and you’ll want to head to Melbourne to enjoy the full experience. Scoops here simmer with frozen nitrogen, which you can then inject with sweeter treats such as caramel sauce or chocolate.
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