Newington Armory

Riding bikes at Newington Armory Image: Paul K Robbins

Discover one of Sydney’s most unique heritage precincts adjacent to the scenic Parramatta River. It is open every weekend.

There's plenty of things to do:

  • Enjoy the guided Heritage Railway Discovery Tour every Sunday from 9.30am to 10.45am.
  • Ride The Rails of the historic railway that was once used to move missiles and torpedos around the Armament Depot. Every Sunday 11am to 1pm, every half hour.
  • Check out arts activities offered throughout the year at the Armory Gallery, Theatre and studios.
  • Have fun riding a Segway, or a bike, visit BirdLife Discovery Centre or play Disc Golf.
  • Hire a bike from the information office at the historic Gate House in the Armory.
  • Enjoy fresh seasonal food and riverside views at the Armory Wharf Cafe.
  • Explore the nearby Blaxland Riverside Park. Have a go on the double flying fox, tunnel slides and water play facility or relax with a BBQ.

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Please note: Well behaved dogs are welcome on a leash in all areas except for Newington Armory, Brickpit Ringwalk, unsealed paths in Narawang Wetland, and Badu Mangroves (in Bicentennial Park).  Owners should comply with the signposted 'no dogs' areas that are protecting sensitive habitats for local wildlife.There is also an off-leash dog area near P5a car park off Hill Road.

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Location and access

Situated between the southern bank of the Parramatta River and the former Olympic Village that’s now the desirable suburb of Newington, the site is a restricted area with limited public access. You can explore the Armory by foot or bike every weekend between 10am and 4pm.

If driving, Newington Armory is accessed via Jamieson Street (off Holker Street), with free parking available at Blaxland Riverside Park. If on foot or bike, it can be accessed from the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf or Silverwater via a pleasant and easy walk or bike ride along the River Walk. Or take the hillside walk from Hill Road along the Louise Sauvage pathway.


Free parking is limited.  We encourage you to plan your visit and arrive early to avoid disappointment.  Alternatively, you can park in P5 car park, located off Hill Road, and make use of the pathways to cycle or walk to this new play space (map provided). Parking at P5 carpark costs $5 per hour, maximum $25.

Interesting history

Newington Armory reflects over 100 years of naval occupation and use, and in an even earlier life as part of the 1807 colonial land grant to the pioneering Blaxland Family. The original character of the landscape can be seen in the beautiful remnant turpentine ironbark forest and wetlands bordering the site.

Visit the Armory History page for more historical information. For detailed information about Newington Armory during its Naval days is available at the RAN Armament Depot Newington website.

For group guided tour at the Newington Armory see Adobe PDF Disarmed at the Armory PDF 2.6MB.