Australia's best hot chips, pub, hotel pool and more revealed

·Lifestyle Reporter
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Back by popular demand! Wotif’s annual guide to Australia’s best kept secrets is here, including where to head for the best hot chips, best pub, or the best hotel pool, as nominated by Aussies.

As travel restrictions begin to ease across the country, Wotif hopes to encourage Aussies to explore their own backyard and support their favourite businesses.

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From hot chips to jaffles, Wotif announces 2021 winners. Photos: Supplied

"There’s so much to love and discover about Australia, and with a really exciting summer period ahead, we hope to inspire and encourage Aussies to plan their next adventure and support local businesses," Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch says.


From country pubs to breath-taking national parks, take a browse through the official 2021 Wotif winners:

Best Country Pub: Beechwood Hotel, Beechwood, NSW

Nothing says the countryside without a charming country pub!

Located in the picturesque Hastings Hinterland, the Beechwood Hotel offers great bistro food and friendly service, perfect for experiencing some traditional country hospitality.

Enjoy a $12 Lunch offer, valid Wednesday – Saturday

Picture of outside of Beechwood Pub with horses out the front.
Pull up your horse outside Beechwood Hotel. Photo: Supplied

Best Hot Chips: Chicken Chef, Blair Athol, SA

Take a trip to the Chicken Chef for a perfect portion of hot chips.

Hand-made from fresh potatoes and double cooked for a crispy outside and soft inside, the salt topping takes these hot chips to another level.

Grab a small portion of hot chips for $4.90

Image of Chicken Chef's bag of chips.
Chicken Chef double cook their hot chips for a crispy outside and soft inside. Photo: Supplied

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

Far from your average hotel swimming pool, the Gold Coast resort transports you to paradise with the ‘Saltwater Lagoon’.

Complete with a whirlpool, waterslide and sandy lagoon, enjoy an afternoon snorkelling with tropical fish or lounging with a cocktail in your cabana. This pool is nothing short of magical.

Rooms start from $289 per night

Birds eye view of JW Marriott pool
Spend the day snorkelling with tropical fish or lounging in a cabana at JW Marriott. Photo: Supplied

Best Vanilla Slice: Bridgewater Bakehouse, Bridgewater on Loddon & Bendigo, VIC

Crisp flaky pastry meets silky smooth custard in the famous vanilla slice at the Bridgewater Bakehouse.

Topped with a sweet glossy icing, the delicate pastry is sure to melt in your mouth, and you'll definitely be going back for seconds.

Bakehouse slices start from $4

Employee at Bridgewater Bakehouse holding a vanilla slice.
Bridgewater Bakehouse’s vanilla slice consists of a smooth vanilla flavoured custard centre with a crisp flaky pastry and a sweet glossy icing. Photo: Supplied

Best National Park: Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, NT

As the largest park in Australia, covering almost 20,000 square metres, Kakadu National Park boasts magnificent wildlife, stunning scenery and cultural heritage.

From walking tracks to croc spotting, enjoy the park’s endless list of activities for the family.

Park passes start from $25 per adult for the tropical season (1st November-14th May)

READ MORE: Why this breathtaking Aussie destination should be your next lockdown escape

Image of waterfall at Kakadu National Park.
The 5 waterfalls are some of the biggest attractions at Kakadu National Park. Photo: Supplied

Best Jaffle: Miss Jaffles, Cronulla, NSW

Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, there’s definitely a flavour for you at Miss Jaffles.

With over 15 different jaffles on the menu, indulge your taste buds with oozing cheese or oh-so-chocolatey nutella on a classic crimped toasted bread.

Prices start from $7 per jaffle

Two Miss Jaffles employees eating a jaffle.
Miss Jaffles offers 15 different types of jaffles so you can take your pick of sweet or savoury. Photo: Supplied

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