Explore the ArmoryEvery weekend 9am-5pm - Newington Armory
A secret site revealed
Newington Armory is a special place; formerly the Royal Australian Naval Armament Depot (RANAD), it features over 100 heritage buildings of various ages and types, set amidst a 52 hectare riverside landscape of undulating hills and woodlands. The heritage buildings provide the Armory with a unique character, which is described through an award-winning heritage interpretation program that can be viewed at the original 1897 gate house.
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. More information regarding our naval history is available (PDF 394kb).
Art and cultural venues
Newington Armory is Sydney's most exciting arts precinct. Facilities for performing and visual arts and writers have enabled the local community to work side by side with emerging and established artists and international visitors.
Artists at the Armory
Newington Armory has an exceptional artist's facility comprising an open plan studio that can accommodate up to 21 artists at a time. The exciting 'adaptive re-use' of this heritage building offers useful working space for painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. A writer's studio is also available. The studio space is available for artists for casual hire, long term or even a residency program. You can meet them on one our regular Meet the Artists tours.
Don't forget to check for regular updates online about the array of activities taking place at this secret site, including the poplular Heritage Railway Discovery Tour, BirdLife Discovery Centre and their array of programs, Segway Tours, exhibitions, cinema, printmaking, flamenco workshops and disc golf.
Newington Armory can be found on our Park map.
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