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Wackadoo! You can now stay in Bluey’s house… for real life!


Yes, it may just be a cartoon, but Bluey’s reach extends farther than that of pretty much any Aussie export. It has created a generation of kids whose currency is dollar bucks and parents who know that when they’re asked if something is “for real life”, you must answer in all seriousness. Here, tactical wees are de riguer and there’s only one prize in pass the parcel.

 

A self-confessed real estate obsessive, I have never lusted after a property the way I have the Heeler house. While my daughter laughs as the Grannies create havoc in the living room, I’m wondering where they bought their plant stand. 

 

 

Now, the iconic Heeler family home is being listed on Airbnb in Brisbane, Queensland, offering one lucky family the opportunity to live like the Heelers for the ultimate Bluey fan weekend.

 

Airbnb has partnered with BBC Studios, co-commissioner and global distributor of Bluey, on this one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Nestled on a quiet, tree-lined street in one of Brisbane’s most picturesque neighbourhoods — the city which has inspired the show’s colourful backdrop — the house has been entirely customised to bring the cartoon experience to life, featuring quirky details Bluey fans will recognise from the Heeler family home in the show.

 

 

From the moment guests step on to the front lawn, they’ll be transported to Bluey’s imaginative world as they spot familiar touches like the red letterbox, bone-shaped chimney, and charming bay window.

 

Inside, the interior has been re-imagined with a breezy Mid-Century aesthetic coupled with playful pops of colour. The girls’ playroom with its signature rainbow canopy, kiwi rug and numerous toys - including Bluey’s beloved Chattermax toy and magic xylophone - is the ultimate setting for creative play and make believe.  

 

 

Kids can stay overnight in Bluey and Bingo’s Bedroom, equipped with two single beds fitted with a custom stained-glass window feature, colourful hanging lanterns, cloud cushions and, of course, a hand-crafted watermelon rug. Once the putdown’s done, and the kids are snuggled down with Bingo’s Floppy and Grey Dancer toys, parents can retreat to Bandit and Chilli’s airy and plant-filled Master Bedroom – complete with queen-sized bed, rattan furnishings and neutral hues.

  

 

The backyard is a verdant oasis for family games – like Horsey Ride and Keepy Uppy - with a BBQ, kids’-sized trampoline, Grannies’ car, custom toadstool seats and bespoke dog garden gnomes. 

 

Yummy snacks can be found in the fully stocked fridge, including Bandit’s famous duck cake.

 

 

The weekend getaway includes:

  • An exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Ludo Studio, where Bluey is created
  • A Chinese takeaway feast in the lush backyard (don’t forget the spring rolls!)
  • An afternoon decorating the Heeler’s famous duck cake, where the whole family can test
  • their culinary skills
  • A puppet making craft session featuring Bluey’s famous Bob Bilby character

 

This two-night stay, sleeping two adults and two children, will take place from Friday, February 18 to Sunday, February 20 for only AUD $20** (or AUD $10 dollarbucks a night!). All guests must be residents of Australia.

 

Bookings are available on a first come first serve basis. Bluey fans can request to book this stay on Tuesday, February 15 at 8:00 AM AEDT at airbnb.com/bluey. 

 

To request to book, guests must have a verified Airbnb profile, a history of positive reviews and be aged 18+. 

 

For those who miss out on the stay or are located outside Australia, an Online Experience hosted by one of the Bluey composers Jazz D’Arcy, part of the team behind the music in the series, along with Brisbane-based children’s choreographer, Cherie Lange, will be available for kids and their parents; 10 spots will be available to book in each of three distinct time zones (Australian, US and UK). Hosted live from Bluey’s house, the whole family can participate in this fully interactive online workshop where guests will be dancing, singing and laughing as Jazz and Cherie recreate some of the most beloved songs and dance moves from the show.

 

Bookings for the Online Experience sessions open on Tuesday, February 15 at 8:00 AM AEDT at airbnb.com/blueyexperience. Guests who request to book the Online Experience must also have a verified Airbnb profile and be aged 18+.

 

House Rules

  • A game of musical statues to the Bluey theme song is recommended on arrival
  • Please keep sticky geckos off the ceiling
  • Be sure to take some adventurous snaps with Bob Bilby
  • Maximum two adults and two children can stay at the house for the overnight weekend
  • stay
  • For safety reasons, it is recommended children aged 4+ sleep in the single beds in the Playroom. A cot can be provided for younger guests.
  • No smoking
  • No pets allowed - especially emus named Shaun
  • Reasonable accessible accommodations can be made if required; these will need to be pre-arranged in advance
  • All guests must present a negative Covid-19 test result obtained within 72 hours prior to check in. Masks must be worn by adults during the tour of Ludo Studio and when interacting with campaign staff

 

Guests are responsible for their own travel to and from Brisbane.

 

Airbnb is closely monitoring Brisbane infection rates and government policies and will offer booking guests a AUD $1,000 Airbnb credit if it becomes necessary to cancel the stay.

 

*This two-night stay is not a contest. **Plus taxes and fees

 
All images: Hannah Puechmarin
 
 
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Published: 8 February 2022

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