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Sugar Republic Sydney: how to visit a real ‘magic candy land’

Hidden in the heart of a major Australian city lies a true ‘magic candy land’ – complete with a human gumball machine, giant marshmallows and BALL PITS for adults

  • Sugar Republic has created a new pop-up candyland space in Sydney
  • Located in The Rocks, the lollipop-focused exhibit is a huge hit with locals
  • Attractions include a giant pool of marshmallows and a human gumball machine


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Magic has arrived at a dockside warehouse in Sydney’s The Rocks, where sweet-tooths have created an incredibly sugar-rich candy land for all to enjoy.

Perfect for the young and the young at heart, the two-story exhibition space is filled to the brim with a candy-themed interactive experience.

Designed by Allison Jones and her team at Sugar Republic the immersive experience includes the chance to get inside a human gumball machine and a deep dive into a pool of giant marshmallows.

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Magic has been restored to a dockside warehouse in Sydney's The Rocks, where lollipop lovers have created an incredibly sugar-rich candyland for all to enjoy

Magic has been restored to a dockside warehouse in Sydney’s The Rocks, where lollipop lovers have created an incredibly sugar-rich candyland for all to enjoy

The Sugar Republic team was delighted to welcome people to their magical space on November 6 - the temporary exhibition is expected to last until the New Year

The Sugar Republic team was delighted to welcome people to their magical space on November 6 - the temporary exhibition is expected to last until the New Year

The Sugar Republic team was delighted to welcome people to their magical space on November 6 – the temporary exhibition is expected to last until the New Year

FEMAIL got the chance to visit the spectacular hideout before it opened to the public and it didn’t disappoint.

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

On the outside of the period sandstone building is a wall filled with bright rainbow garlands, an idea of ​​what to expect inside.

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

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

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

The human gumball machine has been very popular

The human gumball machine has been very popular

Kids and adults alike love to pretend they're stuck in the giant machine

Kids and adults alike love to pretend they're stuck in the giant machine

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

Once inside, visitors are led down a foil-wrapped hallway to the ‘pool room’.

Most of the space is a huge pool filled with ‘giant marshmallows’, and the only way to get there is down a red fire truck slide.

Also on the bottom floor of the warehouse is Bill and Jill’s parlor, a dress up bar inspired by the popular gum-nose ice creams.

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

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

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

WHAT WILL LOLLY LOVERS FIND IN SUGAR REPUBLIC SYDNEY?

The FEMAIL team's favorites were the claw machine and the human gumball machine, as well as the ball pit

The FEMAIL team's favorites were the claw machine and the human gumball machine, as well as the ball pit

The FEMAIL team’s favorites were the claw machine and the 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

An Allen’s lollipop pot of 2 meters long

A giant birthday cake to ‘pop out’

Wheel of Fortune by Flexi-Mama

Human Gumball Machine

Giant donut connect four

Sprinkle ball pit

Sweet and savory treat swings

Teddy bear’s picnic

Sugar High Room

Aussie Biccies living room

Sprinkle .’s ball pit

Up the stairs the spell continues.

The huge space is cut in half, on one side a giant cake to ‘pop out’, a two meter lollipop jar and a human-sized gumball machine.

On the other side a tunnel of teddy bears leading to another ball pit, a playful ‘nursery display’ and ‘Sugar High’ a sweet themed classroom.

Guests are treated to an ice cream garnished with their favorite lollipops as they leave – and many are excited to get a taste of the final experience.

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

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

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

The candy land is filled with confetti and all guests are asked to add colored sprinkles to the walls like this little girl

The candy land is filled with confetti and all guests are asked to add colored sprinkles to the walls like this little girl

The candy land is filled with confetti and all guests are asked to add colored sprinkles to the walls like this little girl

The Sugar Republic team says tickets sell out quickly on the weekends, and they’re expecting an equally enthusiastic turnout as kids start to break for the holidays.

It’s the must-see exhibit this summer for anyone who has ever had a sugar spike, slammed a Tim Tam, or jumped for joy at the sound of a Mr. Whippy van,’ they said.

There are 15 immersive experiences in the candyland space.

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

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

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

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

The FEMAIL team was one of the first in Sydney to test the lollipop-focused exhibition space and found pure joy in the warehouse

The FEMAIL team was one of the first in Sydney to test the lollipop-focused exhibition space and found pure joy in the warehouse

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

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

The FEMAIL team was one of the first in Sydney to test the lollipop-focused exhibition space and found pure joy in the warehouse

Both reporters almost went missing in this ball pit

Both reporters almost went missing in this ball pit

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

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

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

Sugar Republic was founded in 2018 by Mrs. Jones and Paul Matthews, when they established their first pop-up candyland experience in Victoria.

They were considering launching a sweet-themed company together and took the plunge when they saw the iconic MacRobertson’s factory, the birthplace of the Cherry Ripe and Freddo, for rent.

Since then they’ve had pop-ups in Australia and have a sugar-inspired AirnBnB in Daylesford, Victoria.

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