Five reasons to visit Newington Armory

A heritage site and home to a sprawling naval storage depot, discover all there is to do at Newington Armory. 

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A Precinct Full Of History

A section of the original Naval explosives depot has been retained for visitors to explore. Known as the Newington Armory, a highlight of the heritage precinct along the scenic Parramatta River is the Heritage Railway Discovery Tour. Visitors to Newington Armory can also Ride the Rails of the historic railway that was once used to transport missiles and torpedoes around the Armament Depot. The Armory Gallery, theatre, amphitheatre and studios are also worth checking out.

Arm Yourself With A Map

The Armory Wharf Café at the edge of Newington Nature Reserve is a top place to perch before or after exploring the surrounding parklands and precinct. The licensed venue has striking 270-degree views across the Parramatta River to mangroves and the post-industrial working wharf landscape. The boardwalk café is popular with families and active types who want to refuel on lunch options such as crispy battered flathead fillets and chunky chips or grilled Atlantic salmon with a corn, tomato and coriander salsa verde on the side.

Armory Wharf Cafe
Armory Wharf Cafe. Image: Sydney Olympic Park Authority

BirdLife Discovery Centre

Budding birdwatchers should prepare for their visit to the BirdLife Discovery Centre by training their eagle eye on the Sea-Eagle Cam set up to observe the resident pair of white-bellied sea eagles in their nest. After viewing the feed of the nesting birds remotely, you can then explore their habitat in the Armory where you might be lucky enough to spot them soaring overhead on up-swept wings in the Newington Nature Reserve. 

Birdlife Discovery Centre
Birdlife Discovery Centre. Images: Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Blaxland Riverside Park

Western Sydneysiders unite at Blaxland Riverside Park, the spectacular waterside park located along the Parramatta River. Keen cyclists can either BYO bike or hire bicycles from the historic gatehouse in the Armory, which leads to shared cycle paths and paved roads that loop around the picturesque precinct. After you're done walking, cycling or running along the riverside encourage the kids to get their wiggles out at the biggest playground in Sydney, where you will find free barbecues and a multitude of pretty picnic spots. The park is spread over three hectares and includes double flying fox, mega swing, tunnel slides, multi-level treehouse and water play area. Nature lovers note the Narawang Wetland and Badu Mangroves are also nearby.

boy playing at Blaxland Riverside Park
Blaxland Riverside Park. Image: Carla Dibbs

Explore An Arts Hub

Newington Armory has evolved from its military-industrial origins into a unique arts precinct, including a theatre, outdoor amphitheatre, artist studios and an exhibition space, which features the longest continuous gallery wall in Australia.

The Armory has free exhibitions throughout the year, plus film festivals, public art, cultural activities and kids activities. You can even meet resident artists for a behind-the-scenes tour of the visual arts studios and to speak with them about their works and see the works in progress.

Meet the artists at The Armory
Meet the artists at The Armory. Image: Sydney Olympic Park Authority