A breed from Australia developed in the late 1970s from crosses between Burmese and Abyssinian, with the addition of domestic tabby. The result is a cat with short, fine, spotted coat, which is described as glossy, dense and resilient. The spots occur over the sides, flanks and belly, and are seen against a misty ground color. The legs and tail are marked with dark rings and the face shows a typical tabby pattern. The rounded head has large green eyes.
The name of this breed was formerly "Spotted Mist", but the name was changed to reflect its regional heritage. The Australian Mist is only accepted for championship status in its home country in the Australian Cat Federation.