8 October 2020 (Sydney, Australia) – Today, leading travel site Wotif.com announces the winners of this year’s Uniquely Aussie Awards – the annual guide to the country’s most underrated gems.
With ongoing travel restrictions due to COVID-19, recent months have seen Aussies opt for local destinations to get their immediate travel fix. So, with domestic travel more relevant than ever, this year’s awards, now in their third year, celebrates all there is to love about a classic Aussie getaway, helping to inspire travellers to plan their next local trip.
Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch said: "Whether it's visiting one of Australia’s 150+ oversized roadside attractions or discovering a local market, the thousands of votes received this year made clear that every Aussie knows a local gem worthy of the spotlight. With the Australian sense of community at an all-time high, this year Wotif is encouraging Aussies to fuel this pride by taking the time to discover and support as many businesses as possible on their next Aussie adventure."
Wotif 2020 Uniquely Aussie Award National Winners –
- Best Potato Scallop: Blue Lips Fish & Chips, Exmouth, WA - We’re talking serious potato business here – home made with mashed potato, leek and cream, Blue Lips don’t mess around.
- Best Bowls Club: Merthyr Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD - Said to have the best view in Brisbane, this Bowls Club isn't your run of the mill bowlo, with a delicious menu to boot.
- Best Markets: Eumundi Markets, Eumundi, QLD Voters sure had a lot to say about Eumundi – the quality, variety, delicious food, vibing entertainment and locally-made wares are just a few reasons to visit, plus did we mention it’s a short drive to the beach?
- Best Big Thing: The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, NSW – An Australian icon, as many put it. Australia’s first Big Thing and one that continues to reinvent itself with its toboggan, laser tag arena and water park. Plus, you can’t go past those choc-covered bananas.
- Best Holiday Park: BIG4 West Beach Parks, Adelaide, SA – The perfect family spot, located on the beach with endless activities for the kids and walking steps to great eateries and shops.
- Best Schnitty: Schnithouse Rundle St, Adelaide, SA – With a dish called ‘Schnit Faced’ and over 20 varieties on the menu, you know these guys are serious about their schnitty, with gluten-free options also available.
Aside from these deserving winners, those that voted were also quick to set the record straight –
- "Crispiness of the crumb" and "crunch of the schnitty" are mandatory. Size also matters, with many preferencing a big schnitty!
- The chips accompanying your schnitty are also a deal breaker – chips underneath, or chips on the side so that they don’t get soggy? The ruling is yet to be decided.
- Who knew so much skill was involved in frying a potato? Well, potato scallops must be crisp and fluffy, should melt in your mouth, but shouldn’t be too greasy.
- Friendly hospitality, great lunch deals and cheap drinks are what we all expect from our local bowlo.
- Holiday parks must be family-friendly and affordable, with a decent dose of nostalgia.
- Markets were the most popular category, proving Australia’s community markets punch well above their weight and are home to some of the best producers and artisans in the world.
- Finally, and arguably most importantly, Australians are proudest of their Big Things – consistently referred to as national icons, where selfies are obligatory, if not a rite of passage.
With so many Australians feeling the effects of 2020 and ongoing travel restrictions, alongside the national winners, this year Wotif is also revealing each state’s finalists. It comes as new research reveals 70% of Aussies plan to take a road trip, with virtually all (92%) believing it’s the best way to discover local businesses and communities*.
Although this year has proven to throw a curveball at many Aussie’s holiday plans, it has given Aussies the opportunity to get back to basics and appreciate the ‘hyper-local’ experiences within reach. From our city centres to our regional hubs, it’s these underrated gems that almost all Aussies agree (86%) are what make a local trip so great, with 2 in 5 Aussies (40%) loving Australia’s true-blue hospitality and a further 34% fond of the unique quirks you discover when holidaying in Australia*.
Finch continued: “By now, many Aussies have realised travelling further afield is currently off the cards, however what 2020 has highlighted is the incredible local hospitality available in their own backyard. >
"The bowlo, fish and chip shop and Big Things may not be as far flung as a trip overseas, but they sure are uniquely Aussie experiences that Aussies are privileged to have in this country. With summer in reach, many of these businesses need Australia’s support so for those that can, now is the time to start planning your next local trip."
Wot if you went on an impromptu road trip this weekend, Wot if you spent the day being a tourist in your own backyard and Wot if you truly made the most of this time at home? To discover this year’s best Uniquely Aussie experiences and to plan your State-cation head to https://www.wotif.com/vc/blog/australia/uniquely-aussie-awards-2020 .
Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards – National Finalists
Best Potato Scallop
1. WINNER: Schnithouse, Rundle St, Adelaide, SA
1. WINNER: Blue Lips Fish & Chips, Exmouth, WA
2. Mrs Parma’s, Melbourne, VIC
2. Morgan’s Seafood Market & Takeaway, Scarborough, QLD
3. Shamrock Hotel, Alexandra, VIC
3. Heathcote Fish & Chips, Heathcote, NSW
4. Una’s, Darlinghurst, NSW
4. Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op, Coffs Harbour, NSW
5. Seaview Tavern, Woolgoolga, NSW
5. Sea Salt Fish & Chips, Sawtell, NSW
6. North Wollongong Hotel, Wollongong, NSW
6. Banana Coast Seafood, Coffs Harbour, NSW
7. Tingalpa Hotel, Tingalpa, QLD
7. Ballina Fishermen’s Co-op, Ballina, NSW
8. Settlers Inn, Port Macquarie, NSW
8. Hunky Dory, South Melbourne, VIC
9. Palais Hotel, Semaphore, SA
9. Cadell Street Fish & Chips, Goolwa, SA
10. OG Hotel, Klemzig, SA
10. Wellington Point Takeaway, Wellington Point, QLD
Best Big Thing
1. WINNER: The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, NSW
1. WINNER: Eumundi Markets, Eumundi, QLD
2. The Big Pineapple, Woombye, QLD
2. Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne, VIC
3. The Big Prawn, Ballina, NSW
3. Salamanca Markets, TAS
4. The Big Merino, Goulburn, NSW
4. Adelaide Central Markets, Adelaide SA
5. The Big Koala, Dadswells Bridge, VIC
5. South Melbourne Markets, South Melbourne, VIC
6. The Big Lobster, Kingston SE, SA
6. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin, NT
7. The Big Melon, Chinchilla, QLD
7. Fremantle Markets, Fremantle, WA
8. The Big Penguin, Penguin, TAS
8. Bangalow Markets, Bangalow, NSW
9. The Big Rocking Horse, Gumeracha SA
9. Port Douglas Sunday Markets, Port Douglas, QLD
10. The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
10. Glebe Markets, Sydney, NSW
Best Holiday Park
Best Bowls Club
1. WINNER: BIG4 West Beach Parks, Adelaide, SA
1. WINNER: Merthyr Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
2. Chermside Bowls Club, Chermside, QLD
|3. BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, QLD|
3. Clovelly Bowls Club, Clovelly, NSW
4. Broadbeach Bowls Club, Broadbeach, QLD
5. Moama Bowling Club, Moama, NSW
6. The Greens North Sydney, North Sydney, NSW
7. Mooloolaba Bowls Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
8. Burleigh Heads Bowls Club, Burleigh Heads, QLD
9. Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay, VIC
10. Club Kawana, Wurtulla, QLD
Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards – State Finalists
Best Markets: Bangalow Markets, Bangalow
Best Markets: Eumundi Markets, Eumundi
Best Bowls Club: Clovelly Bowls Club, Clovelly
Best Bowls Club: Merthyr Bowls Club, New Farm
Best Big Thing: The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour
Best Big Thing: The Big Pineapple, Woombye
Best Potato Scallop: Heathcote Fish & Chips, Heathcote
Best Potato Scallop: Morgan’s Seafood Market & Takeaway, Scarborough, QLD
Best Holiday Park: BIG4 Batemans Bay Beach Resort
Best Holiday Park: Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, QLD
Best Schnitty: Una’s, Darlinghurst
Best Schnitty: Tingalpa Hotel, Tingalpa
Best Markets: Adelaide Central Markets, Adelaide
Best Markets: Fremantle Markets
Best Bowls Club: Brighton Bowls Club, Brighton
Best Bowls Club: Mosman Park Bowling Club
Best Big Thing: The Big Lobster, Kingston SE
Best Big Thing: The Big Lollipop, Ravensthorpee
Best Potato Scallop: Cadell Street Fish & Chips, Goolwa
Best Potato Scallop: Blue Lips Fish & Chips, Exmouth
Best Holiday Park: BIG4 West Beach Parks, Adelaide
Best Holiday Park: Discovery Parks Bunbury Foreshore
Best Schnitty: Schnithouse, Adelaide
Best Schnitty: Captain Stirling Hotel, Nedlands
Best Markets: Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin
Best Markets: Salamanca Markets, Hobart
Best Bowls Club: Darwin Bowls Club, Darwin
Best Bowls Club: Kingborough Bowls Club, Margate
Best Big Thing: The Big Buffalo, Adelaide River
Best Big Thing: The Big Penguin, Penguin
Best Potato Scallop: Frying Nemo Fish and Chips, Darwin
Best Potato Scallop: Mykonos Takeaway, Hobart
Best Holiday Park: Darwin FreeSpirit Resort
Best Holiday Park: BIG4 St Helens
Best Schnitty: Gillen Club, Alice Springs
Best Schnitty: The Cascade Hotel, South Hobart
Best Markets: Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne
Best Markets: Canberra Handmade Markets, Lyneham
Best Bowls Club: Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay
Best Bowls Club: The Ruc Turner Bowls Club, Turner
Best Big Thing: The Big Koala, Dadswells Bridge
Best Potato Scallop: Hunky Dory, South Melbourne
Best Potato Scallop: Little Theos, Kambah
Best Holiday Park: BIG4 Queenscliff Beacon Resort
Best Holiday Park: Alivio Tourist Park, Canberra
Best Schnitty: Mrs Parma’s, Melbourne
Best Schnitty: Canberra Labor Club, Belconnen
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*Wotif research commissioned in collaboration with YouGov, June 2020. Total sample of 1,247 Australian adults 18+ who travel away from home on holidays, distributed throughout Australia. The data was weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the latest ABS population estimates.
Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards are based on public nominations via www.wotif.com from 5 – 20 March 2020.
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