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Sweet Addiction


Sat 11 Jun 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 30 Apr 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Macquarie Street, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult (online): $15.00
  • Adult (door): $17.50
  • Child under 15/student/senior (online): $8.00
  • Child under 15/student/senior (door): $9.50
  • Family (online): $40.00
  • Family (door): $48.00
  • Additional fees may apply


See another side of nature and experience its stories in an unexpected way when The Calyx opens at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on 11 June 2016, to form the centerpiece of the Garden’s 200th birthday.

The Calyx (pron. kal-iks, def. ‘The outermost whorl of flowers’) is a world-class horticultural space that will showcase ever-changing exhibitions, launching with Sweet Addiction – the botanic story of chocolate.

Curated by internationally renowned Director of Horticulture Management at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Jimmy Turner, Sweet Addiction is an opportunity to touch, see, smell, taste and experience chocolate like never before. The story begins in the depths of a tropical rainforest, and takes visitors on a journey through chocolate plantations, ancient history and a Lindt mill, culminating in the delightful chocolatier room.

Sweet Addiction features the southern hemisphere’s largest contiguous green wall, with over 18,000 plants arranged into living artworks representing the Mayan God of Chocolate, a traditional chocolate box, and more.

Major sponsor Lindt, will host chocolate demonstrations in the chocolatier room during The Calyx opening weekend and peak Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter seasons. Under the guidance of Lindt Master Chocolatier, Swiss-born Thomas Schnetzler, visitors will learn to appreciate chocolate the way experts do whilst sampling the latest creations from the world’s finest chocolate-maker, Lindt.

Sweet Addiction will run from 11 June 2016 to April 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm daily, and has been designed as a 45 minute experience. The Calyx is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are available now at The Calyx website.