Food & Drink

Sunshine Coast's Best Gluten-Free Pizza

By Trixie Hillen
2nd Apr 2017

We’ve all got a friend/partner/family member/work colleague who doesn’t eat gluten. Whether it’s because of an allergy or a preference, it seems kinda unfair that they always get the short straw when we eat out.

While us gluten-lovers hoover up bowls of pasta and sandwiches and flaky pastry pies, they always seem to end up with salad or risotto (or as most vegetarians or coeliacs call it “oh god not another risotto”).

So we’re coming to the rescue with the ultimate list of the best spots to grab a gluten-free pizza on the Sunshine Coast—friendly to the tummies of our gluten-free besties.

Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza at Palmwoods is the daddy, granddaddy, and great uncle twice-removed of gluten-free pizza joints on the Coast. I’ve consulted widely (with my best gluten-free buddy) and there’s unanimous consensus that this place really stands out. Tracy and Rhiannon are genuinely committed to dishing up delicious gluten-free pizzas on the Sunshine Coast. While we can’t pick a favourite (it would be like picking a favourite child—we love them ALL equally) we can guarantee the bases will be the best you’ve tasted. They’re made with Kunara gluten-free flour and cooked quinoa, so they’ve got an amazing texture that’s better than some regular wheat pizza bases. But what we love best is that ALL the toppings on a Pizza Pizza pizza (couldn’t resist it) are completely gluten-free too—including the meats—so the most dedicated meat lover can rejoice in knowing they can enjoy their pizza without the unpleasant repercussions of eating gluten.

Café Nurcha

Craving a turmeric latte or chia smoothie bowl? This wholefood mecca is committed to 100 per cent plant-based and allergen friendly foods, and their gluten-free pizza is just nirvana. While all Cafe Nurcha‘s bases are gluten-free, the Peace Lovers pizza is a local fave—roast sweet potato and eggplant, tomato, mushroom and capsicum, and so-good-you-won’t-know-it’s-vegan melted cheese. And the homemade macadamia “Parmesan”? It’ll leave you wondering why you settled for the cow’s milk stuff your whole life.


Old-school Sunshine Coast classic, Capone’s dishes up epic gluten-free pizza alongside the mother of pasta menus. The Bella Vege is a favourite, and once you’ve had your fill, you’re just across the road from the Coolum Beach Surf Club to kick back with a few sneaky bevvies, and feel sorry for everyone who isn’t you.

Orange on Sunrise

Tucked away in the Hinterland between Noosa and Cooroy, Orange on Sunrise is a hive of quirky, retro knick knacks, and awesome service. It’s super chilled and friendly, and make sure you book a table on the back verandah. The menu has all the classic toppings on offer, and they make their gluten-free bases as needed, so make sure you give them a heads up by 4pm and they’ll whip one up for you.

Urban Woodfire Pizza

If you can’t face going out for pizza, the team at Urban Woodfired Pizza come to you.
Their mobile woodfire pizza truck is available to cater for your parties, weddings, and functions, and their pizzas are spectacular, with organic bases and gluten-free, vego, and vegan options. You can find the truck at Pomona on Thursdays and Cooroy on Fridays, and we can personally vouch for their family meal deals.

El Capitano

The crew at El Capitano put some serious effort into their pizza bases. Their regular pizza bases are made with an organic, slow-fermented sourdough, and while they’re not gluten-free, they’re friendlier on digestion than some regular bases. But we’re also totally obsessed with their gluten-free bases, and their 100 per cent gluten-free toppings made with seriously high quality ingredients like fior di latte, San Daniele prosciutto, and buffalo mozzarella.

Depot 45

If your idea of perfect pizza is eating it in pjs, curled up on your couch with Netflix, Depot 45 deliver their paleo and gluten-free pizzas as far as Mountain Creek and Twin Waters. And if you do decide to go all out and put on pants and make a guest appearance at their Maroochydore venue, they have great specials like family meal deals and buy one, get one free offers. And, on Wednesdays, they even do a kids MYO (make your own) pizza night. You’ll want to put that in your diary, because who needs that mess in your own house?!

Peregian Beach Hotel

Peregian Beach just keeps suprising us with more and more awesome spots. So if it’s the middle of the afternoon, lunch is a distant memory, but it’s not quite time for dinner yet, hit up the bar menu at Peregian Beach Hotel’s and check out their gluten-free pizzas. They’ve got some interesting vegie options that won’t make you feel like you’re getting the second-best option. And make sure you save room for their killer dessert menu. We’re putting in an order for the Bailey’s crème brulee. Drool!

Image Credit: Goodness To Glow

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