Australia is home to some seriously unique foods, places and experiences. And each year, with the Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards, we ask you to tell us some of the best of the best. We’ve done the math and today we’re excited to announce your winners and finalists for 2021. From the best vanilla slice to the most incredible national park, here are some of your fave Aussie must-sees, must-visits and must-eats.
WINNER: Miss Jaffles
With 15 different jaffles on the menu, Miss Jaffles has a tasty toasted treat for every occasion. Like the Miss Pizzeria or the decadent dessert jaffle, the Miss Biscoff – think Caramilk, Biscoff, strawberries and ice-cream, all inside the crimped toasted bread we all know and love. Yum!
Foxtrot Unicorn, Perth, WA; TINY of Beechworth, Beechworth, VIC; Union Kiosk, Melbourne, VIC; Bad Frankie, Fitzroy, VIC; Jaffle Shack, Geraldton, WA; Jaffelato, Rockingham, WA; Hendriks Cognac and Wine Bar, Crows Nest, NSW; Stairwell Coffee, Surfers Paradise, QLD; Waffles and Jaffles, Coonalpyn, SA; The Black Russian Caravan Bar, Katherine, NT; Intra Café, Campbell, ACT; St J’s Deli, Hobart, TAS.
Best Vanilla Slice
WINNER: Bridgewater Bakehouse
Bridgewater on Loddon and Bendigo, VIC
Melt-in-your-mouth goodness can be found at Bridgewater Bakehouse, with their famous vanilla slice offering the perfect ratio of silky-smooth custard and crisp (never soggy) pastry, topped with a “can’t help yourself” layer of icing. Buy two because you won’t want to stop at one.
Ross Bakery Inn, Ross, TAS; Banana Boogie Bakery, Belair, SA; Vanilla Slice Café, Sorrento, VIC; The French Lettuce, Carlton, VIC; Flinders Vanilla Slice, Cheltenham, VIC; Gumnut Patisserie, Mittagong, Bowral and Berrima, NSW; Preece’s at the Jetty, Redcliffe, QLD; Café Bear & Scoobs, Geelong, VIC; Bourkie’s Bakehouse, Woodend, VIC; Kurt’s Cakes, Darwin, NT; The Shearing Shed, Northampton, WA; Dobinsons Bakery, Belconnen, ACT.
Best Country Pub
WINNER: Beechwood Hotel
When it comes to country pubs, it’s all about the people you meet. And the Beechwood Hotel is the heart of its community. With friendly service, great food and a true-blue history (if you feel like ditching the car, there’s a spot out the front for your horse), this humble pub offers some of Australia’s best country hospitality. It makes for a fantastic day trip from nearby Port Macquarie.
Royal Hotel, Mendooran, NSW; Daly Waters Pub, Daly Waters, NT; The Victoria Hotel, Bathurst, NSW; Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA; Mount Warning Hotel, Uki, NSW; Nindigully Pub, Nindigully, QLD; Meringandan Pub, Toowoomba, QLD; Northcliffe Hotel & Motor Inn, Northcliffe, WA; Noojee Hotel, Noojee, VIC; The Tradies, Dickson, ACT; Overland Corner Hotel, Overland Corner, SA; Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel, Derwent Bridge, TAS.
Best Hot Chips
Said to have mastered the balance of crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside that’s vital to any good chip, Chicken Chef Blair Athol’s “mouthwatering” hot chips and famous salt are beloved by locals. The secret to their winning recipe? No shortcuts. Chicken Chef’s chips are handmade with the freshest potatoes and double-cooked for that signature crunch. Mmm-mmm!
Pelican Rocks Seafood Restaurant & Café, Greenwell Point, NSW; Kingsley’s Chicken, Canberra, ACT; Varsity Bar, Morley, WA; Cripps Bakehouse, Bellerive, TAS; Sotos Fish Shop, Semaphore, SA; Chicken Cave, Fulham Gardens, SA; Super Rooster, Toowoomba, QLD; The Yeeros Shop, Marrickville, NSW; Parkdale Free Range Charcoal Chicken, VIC; Adelaide River Inn Pub & Bistro, NT; .
Best Hotel Pool
The “magical lagoon” at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa is anything but your average hotel swimming pool. For a start, there’s a saltwater section full of real, live tropical fish, which you can snorkel with. There’s also a freshwater pool with a children’s slide and plenty of cabanas for sipping cocktails, so everyone’s a winner here.
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Port Douglas, QLD; Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, Cairns, QLD; Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW; InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Hope Island, QLD; Emporium South Bank, Brisbane, QLD; InterContinental Hayman Island, QLD; Palazzo Versace Gold Coast, QLD; Mindil Beach Casino Resort, NT; The Ville Resort & Casino, Townsville, QLD; Art Series – The Chen, Box Hill. VIC; Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome, WA; Knightsbridge, Kingston, ACT; Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, SA; Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, Grindelwald, TAS.
Best National Park
WINNER: Kakadu National Park
Australia’s largest national park is also your favourite, thanks to its historical and cultural significance, beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife. A trip to Kakadu is a truly spectacular experience that every Aussie needs on their must-visit list.
Litchfield National Park, NT; Royal National Park, NSW; Karijini National Park, WA; Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, TAS; Grampians National Park, VIC; Daintree National Park, QLD; Noosa National Park, QLD; Wilsons Promontory National Park, VIC; Freycinet National Park, TAS; Booderee National Park, NSW/ACT; Belair National Park, Belair, SA.
Behind the data: The 2021 Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards are based on public nominations made via www.wotif.com from 13 to 24 September 2021.CHECK OUT WOTIF
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