Situated on 52 stunning hectares, the Newington Armory is a secret Sydney gem! Right next to Sydney Olympic Park and nestled on the river (just five minutes from the Sydney Olympic Park train station), the Armory was founded back in 1897. The Armory (an ‘armory’ being a place where arms and military equipment are stored) features over 100 heritage buildings, from picket-fenced officer quarters to disused ammunition factories to underground bunkers – all housed on a gorgeous green landscape of undulating hills, woodlands, and open skies.
The land was originally occupied by the local Darug people. It was here that, back in the 1900s, navy ships were transported by barge for decommissioning and safe storage, with the huge cranes still sitting on the water’s edge. The Armory’s light rail system was used by the Navy for conveying bombs and shells from warships to and from storage; now it travels through the Narrawang Wetland, a habitat for the Green and Golden Bell Frog!
From underground bunkers to a riverfront stage and beer garden, former explosive stores and much more, the Armory is a magical historical spot for a festival. See the Newington Armory come alive this Easter at “The Great Escape”!