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An event for nature lovers combining a photography exhibit, presentations from conservation groups and scientists, books and art for sale, garden and wildlife accessories, children's activities, entertainment and more, is hitting Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park over 3 days in early November – The Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo.
In excess of 100 exhibitors will showcase everything from the latest photographic equipment to people who can take you on amazing wildlife tours, along with the latest in outdoors footwear and clothing accessories.
A full program will keep bird enthusiasts and budding youngsters busy. Below are some highlights:-
Eco Tourism Presentations on Kakadu National Park, Sri Lanka and the Ultimate Island Safari, Birds and Wildlife of Taiwan, and Bird Watching in Sarawak Borneo
Morning bird photography sessions with Canon Collective Ambassador Scott Stramyk and Emma Desira
Screening of new documentary Secrets at Sunrise which tells the story of a team working together to save one of the world's rarest birds, the Western Ground Parrot
Conservation talks on threatened species and the power of collaboration
Artworks in an historic gallery setting that include exhibits of paintings, prints, graphics and photos from artists such as award-winning nature photographer Angela Robertson-Buchanan and design studio Eggpicnic
Silent auction of competition finalists' images with proceeds going to bird conservation measures in the Australasian-Pacific region
Kids Corner where children can make a Regent Honeyeater mask and an owl kite, fold paper birds and animals, help make a frog pond, play floor puzzles and games, learn about nest boxes and bird calls plus more
An important bird survey you can take part in
Heritage train rides
Book launch – Photographing Owls and Raptors
Stalls, including members from various bird clubs, the Australian Bat Society, the Australian Rainforest Foundation, booksellers and more
Tickets are now available through Eventbrite with a 1 day pass at $10 and a 3-day pass at $20, if booked online. Purchase your tickets early as there are prizes for doing so. Gate prices are $15 for 1 day and $30 for 3 days. Children under 16 are free.
For those that haven't been to Newington Armory before, you'll find a wonderful area of history in the buildings and their previous naval usage. Nearby are Segway Tours, the riverside Armory Cafe selling all day breakfast and lunch, and Blaxland Riverside Park with its free BBQ's, splash water play area, swings, slides and climbing playground. There's a lot to love here.
Access to Newington Armory is easy with nearby rail, buses and a ferry terminal. Car parking is also available, just follow Jamieson Street to the end. Bring your bike with you too. You'll see plenty of fellow cyclists about.