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Waffles and Jaffles

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published July 10th 2016
An Unexpected Outback Gourmet Treat
Waffles and Jaffles, Liege waffles, Coonalpyn, coffee, cafe, truck stop


I have found the Big Waffle! In the far flung town of Coonalpyn lives the home-away-from-home of Liège Waffles. Liège Waffles are also made and loved in Liège, Belgium, where every town has its own version of the dessert delicacy. In Liège, waffle dough is coated in beet sugar and then cooked to gain its characteristic sweet crunchy crust. The free-form shape of the waffle blends beautifully with free-form blobs of vanilla ice cream and nutella sauce.

Waffles and Jaffles, Liege waffles, Coonalpyn, coffee, cafe, truck stop


Waffles and Jaffles is run by Claudia and Rachid, who grew up in Liège. Missing the beautiful waffles of his home town, he initially set up shop in a tent on the side of the Dukes highway. Business grew and they found a bricks and mortar home to share their gift of cooking with their new outback Australian home and the many highway travellers smart enough to pull over at the Big Waffle.

I imagine the waffles also marry deliciously with warm apples. I saw this variation ordered and taken away while I enjoyed my chocolaty choice sitting at the sky-blue tables and chairs in a warm patch of sunshine.

Waffles and Jaffles, Liege waffles, Coonalpyn, coffee, cafe, truck stop
Warm apple waffle with whipped cream to go.


The thick waffles, at $4, are very affordable for thin wallets, with toppings ranging from 50c for sauce to $2 for fruit. I found my one waffle with its mountain of ice cream very filling, but if its meal time, the three waffles for $10 might hit the spot. If it is meal time and you want to be sensible and healthy, there is a range of savoury Aussie Jaffles. I confess to being so totally beguiled by the Waffle menu as to not notice this range of delicious-sounding choices until later.

Waffles and Jaffles, Liege waffles, Coonalpyn, coffee, cafe, truck stop
The Waffle menu


The Jaffle menu is under the watchful eye of Tchantchès. The Waffle menu is watched over by Nannesse, both historical folklore marionettes from the town of Liège in Belgium.

Waffles and Jaffles, Liege waffles, Coonalpyn, coffee, cafe, truck stop
Delicious-sounding Jaffle choices


Waffles and Jaffles are active in their community. They support the work of Careship Coorong that offers therapeutic free-range snail farming practices that support people with dementia. The farm is run by volunteers and provides opportunities for social interaction for isolated and elderly people in the community. The work of Careship Coorong was recognised by the 2015 Community Achievement Awards with a Dementia Care Excellence Award. There is a collection tin on the counter if you would like to contribute to this important initiative that values the older generation.

Waffles and Jaffles, Liege waffles, Coonalpyn, coffee, cafe, truck stop
You would be crazy to drive past.


Next time you are driving from A to B, be sure to stop at C. C is for Coonalpyn, on the Dukes Highway, the best place to Eat Liège Waffles this side of the equator.

Waffles and Jaffles, Liege waffles, Coonalpyn, coffee, cafe, truck stop
Waffles are all you need.


All photos by JA Rossiter
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Why? It is decidedly decadent to sit on the side of the highway enjoying gourmet waffles.
When: Friday - Monday 8.30 - 5.30pm
Phone: 0498 723 404
Where: Dukes Highway, Coonalpyn
(on the corner of Campbell Terrace)
Cost: Waffles, jaffles and soup from $4.00
Drinks from $2.50
Your Comment
What a curious location for this niche gourmet food. Coonalpyn is lucky!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11027) 827 days ago
Definitely sounds like my kind of place....
by Elaine (score: 3|5521) 824 days ago
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