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Sugar Republic Sydney: How to visit a real life ‘magical candyland’

Hidden in the heart of a major Aussie city lies a real life ‘magical candyland’ – complete with a human gum-ball machine, giant marshmallows and adult BALL PITS

  • Sugar Republic have created a new pop-up candyland space in Sydney
  • Located in The Rocks the lolly-centric exhibition has been a huge hit with locals
  • Attractions include a giant pool of marshmallows and human gumball machine


Magic has arrived at a harbourside warehouse in Sydney’s The Rocks where sweet-tooths have created an incredible sugar-fuelled candyland for all to enjoy.

Perfect for the young and young at heart the two-storey exhibition space has been filled to the brim with interactive candy-themed experience. 

Designed by Allison Jones and her team at Sugar Republic the immersive experience includes the chance to crawl into a human gum-ball machine and a deep-dive into a pool of giant marshmallows.

 

Magic has been restored to a harbourside warehouse in Sydney’s The Rocks where lolly-lovers have created an incredible sugar-fueled candyland for all to enjoy

The Sugar Republic team were excited to welcome people to their magical space on November 6 - the temporary exhibition is expected to run through to the New Year

The Sugar Republic team were excited to welcome people to their magical space on November 6 – the temporary exhibition is expected to run through to the New Year

FEMAIL was given the opportunity to visit the spectacular hideaway before it opened to the public and it didn’t disappoint.  

Despite being hidden down a back lane in the maze-like streets of The Rocks the Sugar Republic warehouse is easy to find.

On the outside of the sandstone period building is a wall filled with bright, rainbow streamers, a clue to what you can expect to find inside.

The marshmallow swimming pool is one of the most popular attractions at the Sugar Republic pop up

The marshmallow swimming pool is one of the most popular attractions at the Sugar Republic pop up

The human gumball machine has been very popular

Children and adults have fun pretending to be stuck in the giant machine

The human gumball machine is also very popular with guest of all ages

Once inside visitors are ushered through a foil-wrapped hallway and into the ‘pool room’.

Taking up most of the room is a huge pool, filled with ‘giant marshmallows’, and the only way to access it is via a fire-engine red slide.

The bottom floor of the warehouse also feature Bill and Jill’s saloon, a dress-up ‘bar’ inspired by the popular bubble-gum-nosed ice creams.

The candyland is perfect for the young and the 'young at heart' organisers say

The candyland is perfect for the young and the ‘young at heart’ organisers say

WHAT WILL LOLLY-LOVERS FIND AT SUGAR REPUBLIC SYDNEY?

The FEMAIL team's favourites included the claw machine and human gumball machine as well as the ball pit

The FEMAIL team’s favourites included the claw machine and human gumball machine as well as the ball pit

A giant pool of marshmallows

Scratch’n’Sniff wallpaper

Human claw machine

Bubble O’ Bill and Jill’s Wild West Saloon

A 2metre Allen’s lolly jar 

A giant birthday cake to ‘jump out of’ 

Wheel of Fortune by Flexi-Mama

Human gumball machine

Giant donut connect four

Sprinkle ball pit

Sweet and savoury treat swings

Teddy Bear’s picnic

Sugar High room

Aussie Biccies living room

Sprinkle’s ball pit 

Up stairs the enchantment continues.

The huge space is cut into two, on one side a giant cake to ‘jump out of’, a two-metre lolly-jar as well as a human-sized gumball machine.

On the other a tunnel of teddy bears which leads to another ball pit, whimsical ‘children’s room display’ and ‘Sugar High’ a sweet-themed classroom.  

Guests are treated to an ice cream decorated with their favourite lollies upon exit – with many thrilled to be able to taste the final experience. 

Bubble'O Bill and Jill's Saloon is a new interactive space where guests can dress like the iconic ice cream characters

Bubble’O Bill and Jill’s Saloon is a new interactive space where guests can dress like the iconic ice cream characters 

The candyland is filled with confetti and all guests are asked to add coloured sprinkles to the walls, like this little girl

The candyland is filled with confetti and all guests are asked to add coloured sprinkles to the walls, like this little girl

The Sugar Republic team say tickets over the weekends are selling fast and they expect an equally enthusiastic uptake as children begin to break for the holidays.

‘It’s this summer’s must see exhibition for anyone who ever hit a sugar high, slammed a Tim Tam or jumped for joy at the sound of a Mr. Whippy van,’ they said.

There are 15 immersive experience within the candy land space. 

Online bookings are recommended due to Sugar Republic’s popularity, adults cost $38, children are 28. Dine and Discover vouchers can be used at the door. 

Sugar Republic has been described as 'the new Willy Wonka chocolate factory' by guests

Sugar Republic has been described as ‘the new Willy Wonka chocolate factory’ by guests

The FEMAIL team were among the first people in Sydney to road test the lolly-centric exhibition space and found pure joy inside the warehouse

Reporter Carina Stathis appears very happy floating in a pool of giant marshmallows

The FEMAIL team were among the first people in Sydney to road test the lolly-centric exhibition space and found pure joy inside the warehouse

Both reporters almost went missing in this ball pit

But the will to see more sugary displays saved them from drowning

Both reporters almost went missing in the ball pit – only to save themselves in order to experience the rest of the sugary goodness on display

Sugar Republic was created by Ms Jones and Paul Matthews in 2018, when they put on their first pop-up candyland experience in Victoria.

They had been looking into launching a sweet-themed business together and took the plunge when they saw the iconic MacRobertson’s factory, birthplace of the Cherry Ripe and Freddo, for lease.

They have since had pop-ups around Australia and have a sugar-inspired AirnBnB in Daylesford, Victoria. 

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