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28 Iconic Australian TV Ads That'll Hit You With All Kinds Of Nostalgia

Name a more iconic jingle than Lube Mobile. I'll wait.

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1. Cadbury Caramello Koala

Why it was so good: Caramello Koalas were a step up from the plain old Cadbury block and this ad only make you want them more.Iconic line: "They call me Caramello... koala!"
Cadbury / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Caramello Koalas were a step up from the plain old Cadbury block and this ad only make you want them more.

Iconic line: "They call me Caramello... koala!"

2. Lube Mobile

Why it was so good: Name a more iconic-sounding Australian jingle. I'll wait. Iconic line: "That's 13 30 32."
Lube Mobile / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Name a more iconic-sounding Australian jingle. I'll wait.

Iconic line: "That's 13 30 32."

3. AAMI ("Rhonda and Ketut")

Why it was so good: Rhonda and Ketut were your first OTP. You were very invested in their "relationship" over the course of several AAMI commercials. Iconic line: "You look so hot today, like a sunrise."
AAMI / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Rhonda and Ketut were your first OTP. You were very invested in their "relationship" over the course of several AAMI commercials.

Iconic line: "You look so hot today, like a sunrise."

4. Banana Boat

Why it was so good: It made applying sun screen seem actually kind of fun?! Also I don't know about you, but that baby having a deeper-than-normal voice slightly freaked me out. Iconic line: The whole damn jingle. It's just too good.
Banana Boat / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: It made applying sun screen seem actually kind of fun?! Also I don't know about you, but that baby having a deeper-than-normal voice slightly freaked me out.

Iconic line: The whole damn jingle. It's just too good.

5. Vegemite ("Happy Little Vegemites")

Why it was so good: There was something wholesome and cute about this ad. It was also EXTREMELY catchy and made you proud to be a Vegemite-loving Aussie. Iconic line: "We're happy little Vegemites as bright as bright can be. We all enjoy our Vegemite for breakfast, lunch, and tea."
Vegemite / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: There was something wholesome and cute about this ad. It was also EXTREMELY catchy and made you proud to be a Vegemite-loving Aussie.

Iconic line: "We're happy little Vegemites as bright as bright can be. We all enjoy our Vegemite for breakfast, lunch, and tea."

6. Milo ("My Mum Gives Me Milo")

Why it was so good: Generations of Aussies enjoying Milo. Enough said, really, but the grandma coming in at the end was a sweet surprise. Iconic line: "My mum gives me Milo to go and go and go."
Milo / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Generations of Aussies enjoying Milo. Enough said, really, but the grandma coming in at the end was a sweet surprise.

Iconic line: "My mum gives me Milo to go and go and go."

7. Australian Bananas ("Make Those Bodies Sing")

Why it's so good: Although there's a more ~classic~ version of this commercial, I personally grew up with this one. And it honestly made me believe that eating bananas would solve all my problems.Iconic line: "Ba-na-na-na-na-na.... make your bodies sing!"
Australian Bananas / Via youtube.com

Why it's so good: Although there's a more ~classic~ version of this commercial, I personally grew up with this one. And it honestly made me believe that eating bananas would solve all my problems.

Iconic line: "Ba-na-na-na-na-na.... make your bodies sing!"

8. Pizza Hut ("481 1111")

Why it was so good: Depending on where you lived in Australia, you might have been singing "131 166" instead. Either way, it was a catchy jingle that always had you singing along and dreaming for dinner. That is until Pizza Hut changed their number :(. Iconic line: "481 1111, 481 1111... Pizza Hut delivery!"
Pizza Hut / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Depending on where you lived in Australia, you might have been singing "131 166" instead. Either way, it was a catchy jingle that always had you singing along and dreaming for dinner. That is until Pizza Hut changed their number :(.

Iconic line: "481 1111, 481 1111... Pizza Hut delivery!"

9. Nicorette ("No Gary No")

Why it was so good: There was something about that supportive squad chanting "No Gary No" that made you want to cheer along too. Iconic line: "Nicorette, Nicorette, you can beat the cigarette."
Nicorette / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: There was something about that supportive squad chanting "No Gary No" that made you want to cheer along too.

Iconic line: "Nicorette, Nicorette, you can beat the cigarette."

10. Cottee's ("My Dad Picks The Fruit")

Why it was good: We all had a slightly-varied version going 'round school that went a little something like, "My Dad picks his nose that goes to Snottee's."Iconic line: Basically the entire thing, but, of course, "My Dad picks the fruit that goes to Cottee's."
Cottee's / Via youtube.com

Why it was good: We all had a slightly-varied version going 'round school that went a little something like, "My Dad picks his nose that goes to Snottee's."

Iconic line: Basically the entire thing, but, of course, "My Dad picks the fruit that goes to Cottee's."

11. Bigpond ("The Great Wall of China")

Why it was so good: It was not only responsible for introducing us to emperor Nasi Goreng, but it totally mirrors almost every conversation you had with your parents where you asked them a million and one questions. Iconic line: "And it was to keep the rabbits out... too many rabbits."
Bigpond / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: It was not only responsible for introducing us to emperor Nasi Goreng, but it totally mirrors almost every conversation you had with your parents where you asked them a million and one questions.

Iconic line: "And it was to keep the rabbits out... too many rabbits."

12. The Natural Confectionary Co. ("Don't Chop The Dinosaur, Daddy!")

Why it was so good: Look, it was just all sorts of cute and everyone could relate to the little girl being shocked when the Dad ate her lolly. Iconic line: "Don't chop the dinosaur, Daddy!"
The Natural Confectionary Co. / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Look, it was just all sorts of cute and everyone could relate to the little girl being shocked when the Dad ate her lolly.

Iconic line: "Don't chop the dinosaur, Daddy!"

13. Yellow Pages ("Not Happy Jan")

Why it was so good: It coined a legendary phrase that became part of Aussie culture.Iconic line: "NOT HAPPY JAN!"
Yellow Pages / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: It coined a legendary phrase that became part of Aussie culture.

Iconic line: "NOT HAPPY JAN!"

14. Ingham ("Bloody Idiot")

Why it was so good: As a child it had you giggling at the amount of ~bad~ words that were being used, as you snuck glances at your parents to see their reactions. Iconic line: "You've got a great Mum, Michelle." "Bloody oath."
Ingham / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: As a child it had you giggling at the amount of ~bad~ words that were being used, as you snuck glances at your parents to see their reactions.

Iconic line: "You've got a great Mum, Michelle." "Bloody oath."

15. Tourism Australia ("Where The Bloody Hell Are You?")

Why it was so good: It was just so unabashedly Australian??? And of course it had Lara Bingle saying that one line we've all grown to know and love.  Iconic line: "Where the bloody hell are you?"
Tourism Australia / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: It was just so unabashedly Australian??? And of course it had Lara Bingle saying that one line we've all grown to know and love.

Iconic line: "Where the bloody hell are you?"

16. Mortein ("Louie The Fly")

Why it was so good: It's not only a classic that ran for several decades on Australian TV (here's what Louie looked like in the 1960s), but it made watching an ad for insect spray actually entertaining.Iconic line: OK, the whole jingle is really catchy, but what always stuck with me was "More smart, more safe, Moooooorteiiiin."
Mortein / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: It's not only a classic that ran for several decades on Australian TV (here's what Louie looked like in the 1960s), but it made watching an ad for insect spray actually entertaining.

Iconic line: OK, the whole jingle is really catchy, but what always stuck with me was "More smart, more safe, Moooooorteiiiin."

17. Libra Invisible Pads

Why it was so good: This will never not be funny.Iconic line: More like iconic scene, and it's the part where he jumps up behind the couch.
Libra / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: This will never not be funny.

Iconic line: More like iconic scene, and it's the part where he jumps up behind the couch.

18. Meat and Livestock Australia ("Sam Kekovich's Lamb Address")

Why it was so good: It was so unbelievably random. To this date, I still don't know how this ad, and the many others starring Sam Kekovich, came into existence.Iconic line: I don't even know.
Meat and Livestock Australia / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: It was so unbelievably random. To this date, I still don't know how this ad, and the many others starring Sam Kekovich, came into existence.

Iconic line: I don't even know.

19. The Reading Writing Hotline

Why it was so good: It was the only phone number you could memorise, and probably still remember to this day. Iconic line: "1300 6555 06". I know you sung that in your head as you read it.
The Reading Writing Hotline / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: It was the only phone number you could memorise, and probably still remember to this day.

Iconic line: "1300 6555 06". I know you sung that in your head as you read it.

20. Brand Power

Why it was so good: You're lying if you didn't absolutely LIVE for these Brand Power commercials. Granted, you never really paid attention to them, but that sound effect was a TUNE. And now I'm wondering what actually happened to the Brand Power lady. Iconic line: "Brand Power, helping you buy better."
Buchanan Group/Brand Power / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: You're lying if you didn't absolutely LIVE for these Brand Power commercials. Granted, you never really paid attention to them, but that sound effect was a TUNE. And now I'm wondering what actually happened to the Brand Power lady.

Iconic line: "Brand Power, helping you buy better."

21. Chicken Tonight

Why it was so good: Simple but annoyingly catchy. Plus it made you incredibly hungry. Iconic line: "I feel like Chicken Tonight!"
Chicken Tonight / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Simple but annoyingly catchy. Plus it made you incredibly hungry.

Iconic line: "I feel like Chicken Tonight!"

22. Birds Eye Fish Fingers

Why it was so good: A crew made up entirely of a random assortment of animals that are made to look like pirates and are demanding food from their Captain? Relatable. Iconic line: "We want the Captain."
Birds Eye / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: A crew made up entirely of a random assortment of animals that are made to look like pirates and are demanding food from their Captain? Relatable.

Iconic line: "We want the Captain."

23. McCain Super Juicy Corn

Why it was so good: Never has corn looked so appetising. Also I hope the rain did actually come one day for Marge and her husband. Iconic line: "MARGE, THE RAINS ARE 'ERE!"
McCain / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Never has corn looked so appetising. Also I hope the rain did actually come one day for Marge and her husband.

Iconic line: "MARGE, THE RAINS ARE 'ERE!"

24. Ingham Munchies

Why it was so good: Uhhhh, munchies were the bomb. I don't know if they exist anymore, but I want them now. Sidenote: Now that I'm re-watching this ad, I realise it's basically a chicken eating another chicken. Hmmm. Iconic line: "It wasn't me Mum, it was the cat, yeah, the cat! Honest."
Ingham / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Uhhhh, munchies were the bomb. I don't know if they exist anymore, but I want them now. Sidenote: Now that I'm re-watching this ad, I realise it's basically a chicken eating another chicken. Hmmm.

Iconic line: "It wasn't me Mum, it was the cat, yeah, the cat! Honest."

25. Pauls Smarter White Milk

Why it was so good: Because it inspired countless memes and the odd remix which really isn't the worst. Iconic line: "Low fat, no fat, full cream, high calcium, high protein, soy, light, skim, omega 3, high calcium with vitamin D and folate, or extra dollop?"
Pauls / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Because it inspired countless memes and the odd remix which really isn't the worst.

Iconic line: "Low fat, no fat, full cream, high calcium, high protein, soy, light, skim, omega 3, high calcium with vitamin D and folate, or extra dollop?"

26. Qantas ("I Still Call Australia Home")

Why it was so good: It was basically the adopted second national anthem of Australia.Iconic line: "I still call Australia hoooomeeee."
Qantas / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: It was basically the adopted second national anthem of Australia.

Iconic line: "I still call Australia hoooomeeee."

27. Aeroplane Jelly

Why it was so good: Because it was just as good, if not better, than Aeroplane Jelly itself.Iconic line: "I like Aeroplane Jeeeellllyyyy! Aeroplane Jelly for meeeee!"
Aeroplane Jelly / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Because it was just as good, if not better, than Aeroplane Jelly itself.

Iconic line: "I like Aeroplane Jeeeellllyyyy! Aeroplane Jelly for meeeee!"

28. Cadbury ("Wouldn't It Be Nice")

Why it was so good: Just like a lot of these ads, it have an annoyingly simple but catchy song. Also who wouldn't want to live in world made of chocolate? Iconic line: "Wouldn't it be nice if the world was Cadbury?"
Cadbury / Via youtube.com

Why it was so good: Just like a lot of these ads, it have an annoyingly simple but catchy song. Also who wouldn't want to live in world made of chocolate?

Iconic line: "Wouldn't it be nice if the world was Cadbury?"