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Sugar Republic 2021

Sugar Republic is making a comeback, complete with a marshmallow pool, a giant lolly jar, a sprinkles ball pit and a living room dedicated to iconic Australian biscuits.
By Sarah Ward
October 13, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
October 13, 2021
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Sweet-toothed Sydneysiders, rejoice — Sugar Republic, Australia's dessert-themed installation experience, is back for another serving this November. And if you think you've seen it all before, here's some extra-great news for all you candy lovers: the 2021 season will be bigger, and will also mix familiar attractions with new rooms and installations.

Sugar Republic's previous Aussie iterations included a giant gumball machine that you can climb inside, and that's returning this time. But you'll also be able to jump out of a life-sized birthday cake, check out a huge lolly jar and see a rather big jelly — if super-sized sweets are your thing, that is. Still on that topic, the new Sydney setup will include a game of giant doughnut Connect Four, too, when it heads to The Rocks from Sunday, November 6.

Also on the lineup: a prize claw machine you can crawl into, a  pool of marshmallows that you can swim through, a sprinkles ball pit, chocolate and popcorn swings, and a wild west saloon dedicated to Bubble-O Bills. Yes, it sounds like the kind of place that Willy Wonka might own, complete with a scratch 'n' sniff wall where you'll guess the lollies, a living room dedicated to iconic Australian biscuits, art devoted to milk bars by Frida Las Vegas and a party zone to celebrate the 130th birthday of sweets brand Allen's.

Each time that Sugar Republic pops up, it's always OTT. Basically, if you missed out on visiting New York's Museum of Ice Cream back in 2016, this is Australia's equivalent. Typically these kind of places are designed to be as photogenic and Instagram-friendly as possible, so expect plenty of pics to clog your Instagram feed.

Exactly how long Sugar Republic will hit up Sydney this time hasn't been revealed; however, tickets are currently on sale until Thursday, December 23.

And yes, free lollies and ice cream are part of the $38 admission price. Also, you can use Dine and Discover vouchers at the door.

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