Cool Treats: 15 Best Ice Cream Vans Across Australia

Last Updated on October 13, 2023 by Project Party

Hearing the melodic chimes of an ice cream van is a quintessential part of British summer. It evokes childhood memories of sunny afternoons spent in the park, eagerly anticipating the mouth-watering delights the ice cream van has to offer. From the classic 99c Flake to a myriad of colourful lollies, the ice cream van, with its cheerful tunes and scrumptious treats, symbolises joy, warmth, and the simple pleasures of life.

Why an Ice Cream Van is a Perfect Addition to Your Event

Nothing spells fun and excitement like the nostalgic chime of an ice cream van. Not only does it bring back fond childhood memories, but it also adds a unique twist to any event or party. Here are five reasons why an ice cream van is perfect for booking for any events and parties:

  • Unique Experience: An ice cream van offers a unique experience that sets your event apart. It brings a sense of excitement and novelty that traditional catering often lacks.
  • Versatility: Ice cream vans can cater to a wide range of events, from birthday parties and weddings to corporate events and festivals. They can easily adapt to the theme and scale of your event.
  • Variety of Options: With an array of flavours and toppings available, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. This ensures that all guests, regardless of their dietary preferences, can enjoy something sweet.
  • Convenience: Ice cream vans are mobile and can be set up anywhere. This makes them a convenient option, especially for outdoor events or venues with limited kitchen facilities.
  • Entertainment Factor: The sight of an ice cream van itself is entertaining. It creates a fun atmosphere and can even become a photo opportunity for guests, adding to the overall experience of the event.

In summary, an ice cream van brings a unique, versatile, and convenient solution to event catering, offering a variety of options while also providing entertainment. Booking an ice cream van for your next event or party could be the cherry on top of an unforgettable celebration.

Exploring the Best Ice Cream Vans in Australia – A Guide

1. Dolce Bacio (NSW)

Dolce Bacio presents a distinctive gelato concept, offering handmade traditional and vegan gelato waffles, desserts, shakes, and drinks. They cater to markets, festivals, pop-ups, private parties, weddings, and corporate events. Dolce Bacio has transformed Italy’s response to ice cream into an innovative, enjoyable sweet treat. Their menu boasts classic flavours and vegan alternatives. With extensive experience in the food industry, the Dolce Bacio team is passionate about delivering an exceptional gelato experience to their customers.

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2. N.S.W. Ice Cream Vans (NSW)

N.S.W. Ice Cream Vans stands out with the youngest fleet of modern and vintage ice cream vans in the area. They cater to both public and private events, staffed by a friendly, fully insured team. They adhere strictly to all necessary licenses and regulations, guaranteeing a safe, enjoyable experience. Their menu ranges from soft serve and popcorn to slushies and fairy floss, making them perfect for any event, from fundraisers to weddings. Choose N.S.W. Ice Cream Vans for a delightful treat on your occasion.

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3. Twisted Ice Cream & Shakes (NSW)

Twisted Ice Cream & Shakes is a cherished mobile dessert vendor, proudly based in NSW from the Twist Chips on a Stick team. They offer an irresistible selection of sweet treats, including creamy ice creams, crispy waffles, refreshing snow cones, freshly squeezed cane juice, velvety milkshakes, and rich coffee. Their services are the perfect addition to any occasion, be it parties, events, bustling markets, or romantic weddings. With Twisted Ice Cream & Shakes, every event becomes a celebration of delightful flavours and unforgettable memories.

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4. Unicone Soft Serve (WA)

Established in 2018, Unicone Soft Serve is a family-run business that has added a fresh twist to Perth’s food truck scene. Specialising in sweet treats made with local WA dairy products, Unicone offers everything from fresh fruit sundaes to soft serve, slushies and shakes.

Their gluten-free, halal soft serve and gluten-free cones are crowd favourites. Unicone’s unique sundae range is particularly popular among kids and the young at heart. Committed to sustainability, they use recyclable materials wherever possible.

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5. Chillato (NSW)

Chillato, with its retro-style pop-up van, is an ideal choice for any event or special occasion, offering heavenly gelato and sorbet anywhere. They cater to all dietary preferences with a selection of vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options, ensuring everyone can indulge in their delightful frozen desserts. Reach out to Chillato today to discover more about their services!

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6. Softy & Frosty (QLD)

Softy & Frosty’s charming vintage ice cream truck evokes fond childhood memories of an ice cream truck rolling through Brisbane’s streets, with the melody of Greensleeves stirring excitement. The anticipation of seeing the truck and tasting its creamy swirls of ice cream sent households racing for spare change. Softy & Frosty, a staple in Brisbane’s streets, contributed to unforgettable memories then and continues to do so today, creating shared moments among families and friends.

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7. Smash Bing Melbourne (VIC)

If you’re seeking a unique and tasty way to make your next event stand out, consider Smash Bing Melbourne! This food trailer specializes in Bingsu (shaved snow), Hong Kong-style drinks, and Hong Kong Egg Waffles. Their team is prepared to add excitement to any event, regardless of its size or location. Not only are their treats tasty, but they’re also healthy and certified by food safety authorities. To book Smash Bing Melbourne, provide the event details for a custom quote.

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8. Billy Van Creamy (VIC)

For hand-crafted, top-notch ice cream, Billy van Creamy is a must-visit. Their ice creams are hand-made in-store, each flavour having its unique recipe. They aim to make every customer’s experience memorable. The ice cream truck or cart can be hired for events, catering to guests from 50 to 1000, with all dietary needs considered. Make your special day sweeter with the best hand-crafted ice cream experience from Billy van Creamy.

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9. That Little Gelato Cart (WA)

Offering a unique twist to any event, That Little Gelato Cart in Perth is renowned for its Italian gelato cart hire service. The cart pops up at any location, serving freshly made, irresistible gelato to guests.

Specializing in personalizing and branding the cart and gelato to match the event theme, it promises an unforgettable experience. Be it a corporate gathering, birthday bash, or wedding celebration, their handcrafted gelato is sure to be the star attraction.

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WHIPPD Ice Cream Van provides a contemporary twist to the traditional ice cream experience. With a menu that includes soft-serve ice cream, gelati, and beverages, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. WHIPPD is also eco-conscious, using 100% recyclable and compostable service ware from Biopak. This modern ice cream van caters to private bookings, school events, markets, parties, and corporate gatherings. Choose WHIPPD for a memorable, delicious, and environmentally-friendly ice cream experience.

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11. Naturalis Gelato Italiano (VIC)

Naturalis Gelato Italiano offers authentic Italian gelato in a variety of engaging formats. Their three-cart services cater to different event sizes and preferences. The Gelato Mobile LAB, with eight flavours and Italian coffee affogato, is ideal for large events.

The Deluxe Gelato Cart, customizable with branding or floral decorations, offers six flavours and fits weddings and corporate events perfectly. For space-constrained events, the personalized Gelato Cube offers 2 or 4 flavours. Experience true Italian taste with Naturalis Gelato Italiano.

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12. Classic Soft Serve (NSW)

The Classic Soft Serve ice cream van is an ideal choice for events in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, and Wollongong. They offer a nostalgic menu of soft-serve treats, including choc tops, sprinkles, hot fudge sundaes, slushies, and cold drinks.

The team at Classic Soft Serve excels in enhancing parties, corporate events, gala days, conferences, birthdays, and weddings. Their commitment to quality ice cream and outstanding service is unparalleled. Booking their van is a simple, three-step process (sprinkles included!).

A hit at events and parties is, of course, the Classic Soft Serve ice cream van
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13. Jimmy’s Ice Cream Vans (NSW)

Jimmy’s Ice Cream Vans has been delighting Sydney and the Greater Sydney region with top-notch gourmet ice cream for over fifteen years. Their reasonable prices and high-quality treats make them a perfect addition to any event, from birthday parties and weddings to festivals and graduations. Catering to both private and public occasions as well as corporate events, booking a van from Jimmy’s Ice Cream ensures a sweet touch to your celebration.

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14. St. Louis Gelato Cart (SA)

St. Louis Gelato Carts is renowned for crafting the finest European desserts and gelato. For over ten years, they’ve used top-quality ingredients, including locally sourced produce, to create their sweet masterpieces. Their team of pastry chefs and gelato experts excel in blending traditional and contemporary dessert styles.

They also offer 100% fat-free, dairy-free sorbets for those with dietary restrictions. Originating from Paris, St. Louis has grown into South Australia’s premier destination for indulgent desserts and gelato, promising an unforgettable taste experience with every bite.

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15. Duccio Gelato (NSW)

Originating from the heart of Tuscany, Italy, Duccio Gelato brings the artistry of traditional gelato-making to Australia. The brand’s expert gelato makers infuse their passion and dedication into every spoonful, offering an unforgettable taste experience. Now, they’re sharing the authentic flavours of Tuscany globally through their range of Italian gelato, desserts, and food products. Duccio Gelato operates on the belief that everyone deserves to savour great food, and they’re devoted to making the genuine taste of Italy easily accessible to all.

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A Scoop of the Top Ice Cream Vans Down Under

From the iconic melodies that signal its arrival to the wide array of delectable treats on offer, the ice cream van is more than just a vehicle; it’s a purveyor of joy and a symbol of nostalgic charm.
Whether it’s a birthday party or a corporate event, the addition of an ice cream van is sure to elevate the occasion, creating unforgettable memories for all. So, next time you’re planning an event in Australia, consider engaging one of the many wonderful ice cream vans available. After all, who can resist the allure of a sweet treat served with a side of nostalgia?