Australia is one of the most celiac friendly countries in the world. How could Gluten Free Traveller not include information on what it’s like living and travelling in Australia as a celiac. My sister in law is Australian and she and my brother plan to move there with my beautiful niece in a couple of years. I look forward to visiting them and getting in about all the wonderful gluten free products this country has to offer!
Australia isn’t a country where celiacs need to worry about finding safe things to eat. It is very celiac aware and this is apparent through their fantastic gluten free legislation and the huge variety of restaurants and grocery stores you can find there with gluten free options.
As Sydney is a big city, with so many celiac friendly supermarkets and restaurants, I couldn’t possibly mention all of these great gluten free places. I do however want to provide readers with a taste on just how celiac friendly Sydney is. To do this I spoke with my friend and fellow gluten free traveller, Conor Brady about what it’s like living and travelling in Australia as a celiac. Conor lives in the Surry Hills area of Sydney, a metropolitan area near the centre of the city. In this area gluten free eaters are surrounded by a large number of gluten free options, both in terms of supermarkets and places to dine out. This area isn’t an extra celiac friendly area. It’s representative of the abundance of gluten free options the entire Sydney area has to offer. Â The following are gluten free places Conor can reach within a five minute walk of his apartment. Within five minutes he can find this fantastic selection of gluten free goodies. Envious? I know that I definitely am. Now you see just how awesome and celiac friendly Sydney is!
Iku Whole FoodÂ on Oxford Street (and various other locations in the Sydney area) is a great place for gluten free lunch. They have a variety of gluten free options and customers are encouraged to look for the gluten free stamp on their menu for which dishes are suitable. Every dish clearly states which allergens are present in it which makes it easy for customers to choose safe options. Gluten free options include casseroles, lasagnas, salads, curries, soups and wraps. They also have gluten free desserts including fruity tofu cheesecake, orange and raspberry tart and sesame fudge tart.
Thomas Dux on Crown Street (and various other locations throughout Australia) is a grocery store which stocks lots of gluten free goodies. Their website states that “gluten free products are Â designed to be coeliac friendly by not containing wheat, barley, rye, malts or gluten additives of any kind.” Celiac friendly products in the store are clearly labelled with a big red ‘Gluten Free’ symbol. Gluten free products include bread, pastas, crackers, deli options, frozen meals, sauces, dips, chips, popcorn and many other things. The photos above and below show some of the extensive gluten free options available at Thomas Dux.
Woolworths on Bourke Street also has a gluten free section. They don’t have the huge variety of products that Thomas Dux has but it’s another store to check out if you’re looking to pick up a few gluten free items.
Mad MexÂ on Crown Street (and various other locations around Australia)Â is a Mexican fast food place with gluten free options. It’s a make your own meal kind of a place where you choose your dish, your filling and your salsa. Gluten Free options are clearly marked on the menu and these include a naked burrito (in a bowl without a wrap), soft tacos, crispy tacos and nachos.
Porterhouse Irish PubÂ on Riley Street has a few gluten free options clearly marked on their menu with ‘gf’. Â They don’t do a whole lot of gluten free dishes but on their dinner menu one entree and two mains are gluten free. Gluten free entrees include scallops marinated in basil pesto and a couple of delicious sounding risottos.
Sitar Indian Restaurant on Oxford Street (and various other locations in the area) has a bunch of gluten free options both on their sit in and take out menu. Gluten free options are again clearly marked with ‘GF’. Almost all of the main curry dishes (meat, fish and vegetarian) are gluten free and also many of the sides.
So it sounds like Australia is pretty much a gluten free paradise and definitely one of the best countries to be if you’re celiac. I look forward to gluten free travelling here.Â Coeliac Australia are another great resource if you’re planning a gluten free trip to Australia. They provide national resources such as a quarterly celiac magazine, ingredients list booklet and a pocket guide to reading labels. They also provide state specific resources such as info on local restaurants which cater for gluten free diets and local gluten free events and expos.
Do you live gluten free in Sydney or another part of Australia? Have you travelled there, gluten free? Share your experiences in the comments below.