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We spent a few hours yesterday morning exploring the Newington Armory at Sydney Olympic Park.

Formerly RANAD (Royal Australian Naval Armament Depot), this 52 hectare site offers wetlands, heritage buildings, and an opportunity to take a close-up look at some very large and intimidating naval weaponry.

Guided train tours are available on Sundays…

Every building on the site was numbered, and each was separated from its neighbour, either by distance or by large earth mounds or concrete walls, for protection in the event of an accidental explosion…

The train passed briefly through the Narawang Wetlands…

…before stopping at the armaments display…

Nameplates from the ships HMAS Anzac, Tobruk, Derwent, Vendetta and Bunbury were on display…

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Segway rides are also available at the Newington Armory, and we went on a thirty minute fun ride after the train tour.

These expensive machines ($9,000 each) can get to speeds of 22km/hr and are very intuitive to ride.  The staff were patient and helpful, and great care was taken to ensure everyone rode safely, even as we were racing around at speed through muddy trenches and over hilly mounds.  The segways really are an all-terrain vehicle…

Segways aren’t legal on roads or footpaths in Australia, so this is really the only want to try them out!

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Finally, the Birds Australia Discovery Centre at the Armory is streaming live coverage of a nesting pair of sea eagles.  It’s quite addictive viewing!

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There is much more to see and do at the Newington Armory, and Sydney Olympic Park in general.

We’ll definitely be spending another day there, perhaps to join in one of the free birdwatching tours, or to visit the art gallery, or maybe just to explore the wetlands further!

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