Just because you don’t eat meat and other animal bi-products like eggs and dairy doesn’t mean you should not travel Australia because you are worried about what you will eat. Yes, it can be a challenge, but Australia has plenty of locally grown fresh produce to tempt your taste buds with. And many vegetarian and vegan restaurants catering to your needs. But just to confirm this for you, here are my best tips for vegetarians and vegans to eat well while travelling Australia.
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What is the difference between a Vegetarian and a Vegan?
No, that isn’t the beginning of a joke! A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat while a vegan is someone who doesn’t eat meat and the bi-products of animals like eggs and dairy. If you are neither of these, then you may find it a bit confusing as to why they have trouble finding a decent vegetarian meal or vegan meal while traveling, particularly when all that needs to happen is the removal of the meat! Right! Wrong. Not all countries are geared to non-meat meals but Australia, even with all its meat eaters, is one of those countries that is. Great news for all veggie peeps!
Tips for Vegetarians and Vegans to Eat Well While Traveling Australia
To help you eat well while travelling Australia whether that be on a road trip, a city break or staycation, here are my best tips for vegetarians and vegans.
1. Travel with Vegetarian or Vegan Snacks
If you are worried of not finding foods to satisfy your needs, carry back-up vegetarian or vegan snacks. If you aer able to bring them along, that will be helpful for the times you cannot find an appropriate vegetarian or vegan meal. Things like roasted chickpeas, nuts, dried fruit or trail mix are good options. Other things to carry with you are instant foods and non-perishable food items. You know the ones, where you add hot water to a cup of noodles.
2. Research local restaurants ahead of time
Before you head out for dinner spend a little time researching local restaurants. Check out HappyCow.net which lists vegetarian and vegan restaurants around the world. Have a look at their on-line menus to see what vegetarian and / or vegan food meal options they have available. Even when a restaurant doesn’t boast a wide vegetarian or vegan selection, they may be willing to omit or swap a few ingredients for you. And some chefs may even be happy to make your a special meal. If not, I hope they have a salad option for you or that you have some snacks! If your research doesn’t yield results, don’t be afraid to ask a local about vegetarian and vegan restaurants. The receptionist at your accommodation may just know the place!
3. Know where the nearest grocery store is
Map out where the nearest grocery store is in the your destination. Then visit to stock up on the food you like to eat.
4. Seek out local fresh produce markets
I love visiting local fresh produce markets, particularly in Australia. Stall holders have some of the freshest local produce around. Replenish your vegetarian and vegan stocks at these markets.
5. Stay somewhere with a kitchen or take cooking equipment with you
Loaded scrambled eggs – a favourite vegetarian dish
Staying somewhere with a kitchen is always a good option. As well as helping to save dollars on always having to buy meals, you can save heaps by making them yourself. Also, you know exactly what is going into your meal and you can make it as vegetarian or vegan as you want! So stay somewhere such as a hostel with a kitchen or an apartment that has a kitchen or kitchenette. Even if you just have a microwave and / or a fridge in your accommodation, you can store vegetarian and vegan food and make simple meals. Or if you are camping, ensure you have all your cooking equipment to ensure you can have nourishing meals.
Some of my favourite Vegetarian Recipes and Vegan Meals
Stir Fry Veggies
Loaded Scrambled Eggs
Curry Lentil and Pumpkin Soup
Feta & Spinach Frittata
Hommus Dip and Crackers, Celery Sticks or Carrot Sticks
Prawn and Avocado Sushi
I could go on……..
6. Stay somewhere all-inclusive
There are many all-inclusive resorts and accommodation options as you travel around Australia, particularly in hot holiday Aussie spots like the Gold Coast. All-inclusive meaning your airfare, accommodation and food is included in the price. Sometimes, only breakfast may be offered. If your accommodation is offering food in your accommodation price ensure to take full advantage of what food is available. Every breakfast buffet I have been to has included plenty of fruit, cereal, yoghurt, bread, coffee and tea. Eat up well to last you during the day. If possible, put together some of the food to last you through the day. Perhaps a sandwich or fresh fruit.
7. Join vegetarian or vegan groups on Facebook
I have found by doing a search on Facebook there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan groups offering advice and making suggestions of where to eat. If visiting a new city, I would do a quick search to see if there is a group in that city. You may just find the best ‘vegetarian’ or ‘vegan’ food ever!
Are You Ready to Enjoy Vegetarian and Vegan Foods as You Travel Oz?
Australia has lots of locally grown produce that is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. You should be able to eat heathily while travelling Australia thanks to our wonderful fruit and vegetable farmers. Do you have any travel tips for vegetarians and vegans to eat well while while traveling? I’d love to hear from you.