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Wotif 2021 Unique Aussie Award Winners – Includes Jaffle, Hot Chips, Vanilla Slice and Pub

A cafe with 15 different jaffles on the menu, a hotel with a ‘magic lagoon’ and a restaurant that serves the perfect hot chips are some of the most underrated gems voted best in Australia.

Travel site Wotif.com has announced the winners of people’s choice for the Uniquely Aussie Awards, an annual guide to the country’s quintessential experiences in six categories.

The awards highlight the country’s best-kept local secrets – including hot chips on the beach, regional bakeries serving nostalgic pastries, country pubs full of colorful characters and beautiful hotel pools in iconic Aussie settings.

New South Wales took home the crown for the Best Jaffles with Miss Jaffles in Cronulla and Best Country Pub with Beechwood Hotel in Beechwood.

South Australia won the Best Hot Chips with Chicken Chef at Blair Athol, while Victoria had the Best Vanilla Slice at Bridgewater Bakehouse.

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa in Queensland claimed the title for ‘Best Hotel Pool’, while Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory was named ‘Best National Park’.

Travel site Wotif.com has announced the winners of people's choice for the Uniquely Aussie Awards, an annual guide to the country's quintessential experiences in six categories (photo of Australia's best country pub - Beechwood Hotel in New South Wales)

Travel site Wotif.com has announced the winners of people’s choice for the Uniquely Aussie Awards, an annual guide to the country’s quintessential experiences in six categories (photo of Australia’s best country pub – Beechwood Hotel in New South Wales)

Revealed: Wotif 2021 Unique National Aussie Award Winners

Dear Jaffle: Miss Jaffles, Cronulla, New South Wales

Best Vanilla Slice: Bridgewater Bakehouse, Bridgewater & Bendigo, Victoria

Best Country Pub: Beechwood Hotel, Beechwood, New South Wales

Best hot fries: Chicken Chef, Blair Athol, South Australia

Best Hotel Pool: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, Gold Coast, Queensland

Best National Park: Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory

“Country charm, cheesy jaffles and creamy vanilla slices – nobody does them like Australia, and the thousands of nominations we’ve received this year show that Aussies are a passionate bunch,” said Wotif executive director Daniel Finch.

“There’s so much to love and discover about Australia, and with a really exciting summer ahead of us, we hope to inspire and encourage Aussies to plan their next adventure and support local businesses.”

Now in their fourth year, the awards are designed to encourage Aussies to explore their own backyard and support their favorite businesses.

And it’s more relevant than ever given the ongoing challenges the tourism and hospitality industry has faced over the past 18 months.

With thousands of nominations from across the country, it’s clear that the little things in life often spark the biggest debate.

Whether you prefer chicken salt or gravy on your fries, calling it a snot over a vanilla slice, or demanding a savory rather than sweet jaffle, this year’s awards continue to uncover some of the country’s best-hidden travel gems.

Miss Jaffles in Cronulla, an affluent Sydney beachside suburb, offers 15 different jaffles on the menu - and there's one for every occasion

Miss Jaffles in Cronulla, an affluent Sydney beachside suburb, offers 15 different jaffles on the menu - and there's one for every occasion

Miss Jaffles in Cronulla, an affluent Sydney beachside suburb, offers 15 different jaffles on the menu – and there’s one for every occasion

Dear Jaffle: Miss Jaffles, Cronulla, NSW

The humble Aussie jaffle has certainly come a long way. Nowadays it’s all about variety, with ‘cool flavor combinations’ and ‘fancy fillings’.

Miss Jaffles in Cronulla, an affluent Sydney beachside suburb, offers 15 types of jaffles on the menu – and there’s one for every occasion.

Jaffles include the hearty Miss Hangover with bacon, eggs, hash brown, and onion relish and the decadent Miss Biscoff dessert — complete with Caramilk, Biscoff, strawberries, and ice cream with crimped toast.

Best Vanilla Slice: Bridgewater Bakehouse, Bridgewater, VIC

Bridgewater Bakehouse's famous award-winning vanilla slice features a soft, vanilla-flavored custard center with a crunchy puff pastry and a sweet glossy glaze.

Bridgewater Bakehouse's famous award-winning vanilla slice features a soft, vanilla-flavored custard center with a crunchy puff pastry and a sweet glossy glaze.

Bridgewater Bakehouse’s famous award-winning vanilla slice features a soft, vanilla-flavored custard center with a crunchy puff pastry and a sweet glossy glaze.

Bridgewater Bakehouse is a traditional bakery in north central Victoria, about 30 minutes’ drive from Bendigo.

His famous back-to-back vanilla slice consists of a soft vanilla flavored custard with a crispy puff pastry and a sweet glossy glaze.

The slice offers the perfect ratio of silky ‘melt in your mouth’ custard and crunchy (never soggy) pastry, topped with a ‘can’t help’ icing.

Best Country Pub: Beechwood Hotel, Beechwood, NSW

Beechwood Hotel is a country pub offering Australia's best rural hospitality

Beechwood Hotel is a country pub offering Australia's best rural hospitality

Beechwood Hotel is a country pub offering Australia’s best rural hospitality

Beechwood Hotel is a country pub about 300km northeast of Sydney, and is said to be in the heart of the community.

With friendly service, great food and a true history (if you feel like leaving the car there’s a place for your horse), this unassuming pub offers some of Australia’s best rural hospitality.

Best Hot Chips: Chicken Chef, Blair Athol, SA

Chicken Chef's in Blair Athol just 15km north of Adelaide CBD masters the crispy outside, tender inside, the demand for a good hot fries

Chicken Chef's in Blair Athol just 15km north of Adelaide CBD masters the crispy outside, tender inside, the demand for a good hot fries

Chicken Chef’s in Blair Athol just 15km north of Adelaide CBD masters the crispy outside, tender inside, the demand for a good hot fries

The restaurant's 'delicious' hot fries and famous salt are loved by the locals

The restaurant's 'delicious' hot fries and famous salt are loved by the locals

The restaurant’s ‘delicious’ hot fries and famous salt are loved by the locals

Chicken Chef’s in Blair Athol, just 15km north of Adelaide CBD, mastered the crispy on the outside, soft on the inside required of a good hot chips.

The restaurant’s ‘delicious’ hot chips and famous salt are loved by the locals.

The secret to their winning recipe? No shortcuts. Handmade with the freshest potatoes and double cooked for that signature crunch.

Best Hotel Pool: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, QLD

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa's 'magic lagoon' on the Gold Coast is anything but your average hotel pool

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa's 'magic lagoon' on the Gold Coast is anything but your average hotel pool

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa’s ‘magic lagoon’ on the Gold Coast is anything but your average hotel pool

The “magic lagoon” of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast is anything but your average hotel pool.

Whether it’s snorkeling with tropical fish, sliding down the waterslide, or sipping cocktails in your cabana, everyone is a winner here.

Best National Park: Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, NT

Australia's largest national park is also the best according to Aussies, thanks to its historical and cultural significance, beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife

Australia's largest national park is also the best according to Aussies, thanks to its historical and cultural significance, beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife

Australia’s largest national park is also the best according to Aussies, thanks to its historical and cultural significance, beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife

Australia’s largest national park is also the best according to Aussies, thanks to its historical and cultural significance, beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife.

Kakadu National Park in Jabiru, a town in the Northern Territory, offers a ‘truly spectacular experience’ that every Aussie should do.

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