The closest you'll find to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory here in Brisbane, the Great Aussie Sweet Company is an experience in itself - the front window features a fantastical gumball clock (you have to see it to believe it!) and inside the shelves are packed with all kinds of sugary wonders, from classic confectionery (think saltwater taffy and glass jars filled with nostalgic favourites) to the latest weird and wonderful creations (including the infamous Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans and Jelly Slugs from the Harry Potter range).

There's something for every age and every budget, and the location means you can enjoy your selections on a walk or picnic in the surrounding South Bank Parklands. The wall of Jelly Belly flavours is a highlight, too, with lots of unique flavours and free 'recipe' cards to try out different combinations. A hint for families and travelers: a bag of mixed beans and a game of 'guess that flavour' is a great way to pass the time, if you're going to be hitting the road again afterwards.

You can also check out their selection of international sweets and niche or gourmet candies you won't find at your average corner store. In the end, though, it's the classic store fit-out and the mountains of sweets that are guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again. Price range is flexible and good weather recommended to make the most out of the Parklands on your visit!