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The Calyx – Sweet Addiction

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I must admit I don't know my Rhododendrons from my Hibiscus, but when I heard there was a new exhibition at The Royal Botanic Garden celebrating chocolate called 'Sweet Addiction" I thought, "I'm there!"

The Royal Botanic Garden is celebrating its 200th birthday by getting all modern and cool on us, launching Sydney's newest attraction The Calyx with the most delicious, sexy chocolate exhibition imaginable – Sweet Addiction.

The Calyx is the southern hemisphere's largest continuous green wall complete with 18,000 plants – just don't ask us to name them! By definition, the Calyx (pronounced kal-iks) is the green outer whorl that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower in bud, great name for this protective structure that will house ever-changing installations.


Think of The Calyx as both a living art gallery and theatrical experience, an inspiring space that will capture your imagination and is quickly becoming Sydney's newest must-see attraction.

Sweet Addiction is the first exhibition to open in The Calyx. It's an interactive exhibition you can taste, touch, see, hear and smell exploring the journey of chocolate through the ages from plantation through the whole chocolate making process. Learn amazing facts about chocolate via a self-guided 45-minute experience on your smart phone, suitable for chocolate lovers of all ages.

This modern take on education and horticulture is bound to win over a new generation of advocates and inspire nature lovers.

Kudos to The Royal Botanic Garden for making horticulture educational and fun, all wrapped up in a colourful foil chocolate wrapper.


Sweet Addiction runs until 17 April 2017 with interactive chocolate-themed events taking place throughout the exhibition period. The Royal Botanic Garden is also available for venue hire for your next unique event, wedding, picnic or garden party.

Sweet Addition 11 June 2016 – 17 April 2017
Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquarie Road, Sydney
Open daily 10am-4pm
Online tickets available for $15.00


Make a weekend of it in Sydney. We recommend a stay at Ovolo Woolloomooloo to continue your sweet addiction journey with free minibar, snacks and more. Ovolo Woolloomooloo is walking distance to The Calyx. Browse our handpicked collection of Sydney accommodation all available to book online with alluxia with no booking or credit card fees.

Love chocolate? Are you planning on going to Sweet Addiction at The Calyx? Love to read your comments below!

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  • Guest
    Lauren Thursday, 30 June 2016

    Can't wait to go!! Ovolo Woolloomooloo looks good too!

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    Saskia Wednesday, 27 July 2016

    "It's an interactive exhibition you can taste, touch, see, hear and smell exploring the journey of chocolate" - sign me up - especially if it's mostly on the taste front, not as bothered with the hearing and smelling :p

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