If you’ve a sweet tooth for a tasty sweetcation, the world’s first sweet-themed Airbnb has just opened in Daylesford.

Check into the Sweet Retreat and you’ll be treated to some delicious eye candy and super comfy surrounds; guests can sleep in a room that comes with a personal pink ball pit, sniff cherry-scented wallpaper (Elton John has the banana version in his own home) and relax in a room decorated with giant Iced Vovo’s.

When the creators of Sugar Republic, Australia’s immersive candy museum, found themselves unable to open their event in 2020 their creative team decided to makeover a sweet cottage that is now taking bookings for weekend escapes and sweetcations.

Creative Director and owner Allison Jones comments: “ People loved visiting Sugar Republic and now they can experience the same sense of fun, colour and retro-sweet memories whilst staying in picturesque Daylesford. The Sweet Retreat is all of this combined with a super comfy, charming and amenity-filled cottage – it’s the perfect weekend away for some sweet romance, a group of girlfriends or a fun family experience.”

Situated a few minutes’ walk from the main street, what appears from the street to be a petite miner’s cottage with a striking pink door opens out into a surprising two-story space overlooking trees and garden, with four large bedrooms, two bathrooms and extensive indoor/outdoor living. Every room is decorated in Sugar Republic’s signature style, with candy-themed art, neon lights and a peachy colour palette that makes the most of the soft light that fills the home throughout the day.

The Sweet Retreat will take you back to your childhood with lollies, retro board games, books and DVDs on tap to entertain you whatever your age. Yet it’s also fully high-tech, equipped with Alexa voice control, Sonos speakers, wifi and Apple TV.

The downstairs Sweet Love suite is the perfect room for lovers, with a huge bed, private patio, ensuite ‘disco’ bathroom and a glam living area for cocktail soirées. But there is much to love for families and groups of friends throughout the house, as most of the beds can be set up as singles or king beds.

Guests can now combine the best of a Daylesford getaway – forest air, artisan food and coffee, country vibes, markets, spas and art – with a stay in a unique home that’s truly sweeter than others!

PS Each guest also receives a special sweet-filled welcome box and in-house baking is encouraged!

The details:

● Bookable for stays from 2 nights through Airbnb:
● Hosts 8 guests
● $450 per night weekdays
● $650 per night weekends

Things to do in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges region

Rest and rejuvenate in spas and natural mineral springs, stroll through historic gardens and quaint villages, and uncover a region brimming with history, art and creativity.

Healing waters

Leave behind the stresses of everyday life and begin your journey the right way. Bathe in the region’s restorative mineral springs and treat yourself to a range of wellness therapies and spa treatments. Rested and invigorated, you’re ready to explore this fascinating region and uncover its myriad attractions.

Village secrets

Visit quaint villages and cosy hamlets offering country-style hospitality and streetscapes bursting with character, from the bluestones of early Swiss-Italian migrants to the historic remnants of the gold rush. Browse art galleries, studios and cultural heritage sights, stopping for coffee and locally-sourced treats along the way.

Fresh from the farm

Blessed with crisp mountain air, rich fertile soils and purifying mineral springs, the region has long embraced ‘la dolce vita’. Work up an appetite on a long hike through rugged bushland or just wander through meticulously tended gardens. Enjoy fine dining at some of Australia’s best restaurants, meet local winemakers at rustic cellar doors and taste fresh produce at farm gates and roadside stalls as you make your way around the region.

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