Hi, I haven't read through this entire thread yet, though I will. What prompts me to come here is that my husband has talked for decades about wanting to see Australia and New Zealand, but we haven't been able to because he gets only two weeks vacation time and he thinks it would take way longer than that.
He is retiring effective March 1 of next year and I found a four week vacation package that looks ideal for what he would want to see. I can tell he likes it but he is concerned I won't be able to find anything to eat. (A river cruise in Europe last summer was problemmatic -- they could handle gluten-free, they could handle vegetarian: they couldn't handle the two things together and vegan threw them for a complete loop.)
I don't want to be stuck at home worried about food. So how easy would it be to find gluten-free, soy-free, vegan food over there? I'm pretty flexible -- a baked potato or some rice, some veggies, fruit, perhaps supplemented with gluten-free bread, etc. bought at local stores, and I would be happy. Like I said, I don't want to avoid traveling, one thing we're really looking forward to in retirement, just because food might be a challenge. I'll even eat fish in a pinch, what I had to do last vacation to avoid starvation. What is the general awareness level of restaurants as to what gluten is? Can I find gluten-free fare in local stores? How hard is it to stick to a plant-based diet there?
This is where that particular tour goes:
Thanks for any insight you folks can provide ...
Even the supermarkets here have plenty of gluten-free etc foods.
The good health food stores have freezers stocked with goodies that are gluten-free, dairy free, etc etc.
The big towns like Alice have full on major supermarkets, the smaller towns aren't so good, but in desperate times my husband has grabbed a bag of plain fries - potatoes, salt and vegetable oil. And there are always heaps of fresh vegies and fruit. The Barossa also has some amazing dried fruit on offer.
The Barossa has plenty of places that have gluten-free options.
Breakfast can be a hassle, but you could always carry some of your own food and restock as necessary.
If you were on a tour to more remote places, then you would need to carry a lot of your own food, but that itinerary looks fine.
Most restaurants here will do a specail gluten-free etc meal if they have advance warning. And nearly all of them offer a vegetarian option as part of the standard menu.
Hope this helps - your tour looks very full on, specially for the Australian part.