|Pioneer settler's home in the Australian bush|
What a bushranger ate, when they were in the bush, would depend upon many factors:
- what part of the country they were in
- their own bush survival skills
- if they were actively on the run from the authorities
- if they knew free settlers who would support them
When bushrangers were being hunted by police and trackers it would have been difficult to stop and cook food over a fire.
Some bushrangers stole provisions owned by the settlers or travellers or store owners if they were near a town, helping themselves to salted meats, potatoes, onions and flour. Some were supported by free settlers who had been convicts and were sympathetic to the bushrangers hatred of authority.
Bushrangers may have known about native plants that they could eat such as stinging nettle, prickly pear and tea tree but this is not documented.