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Scheyville National Park

“Where else can you enjoy the outdoors as you wander into a fascinating time warp? There’s so much history clustered in a single place, it feels like a natural museum.”

Some national parks are about more than just the natural environment: they’re about us. Scheyville is one of those parks.

This gem of a park also has a rich and surprising cultural history that touches more than a quarter of a million Australians. Within its current boundaries, a visitor will find the remnants of everything from a cooperative farm to a famous migrant camp - for many, this was the first stop on their journey to becoming an Australian. You might be a descendant of a Dreadnought Boy or of somebody who trained here to fight in the Vietnam War. Indeed, the cultural significance of the park is so wide-reaching that it has been placed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

Spend a morning birdwatching or wandering the grasslands on a horse, then explore the ruined and restored buildings clustered in the southern precinct of the park. Visiting Scheyville is a varied experience, uniting the best of the natural world with the history of our social world.

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Why you should visit

Scheyville National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

The Australian story
Scheyville has a rich heritage that gives us a great insight into the past 175 years of Australian history. It has played host to a government cooperative farm and an agricultural training facility. In World War I, it was an internment camp, in World War II, a training base for the First Australian Parachute Battalion. It’s also been a migrant camp for new Australians and an officer’s training unit in the Vietnam War. Scheyville has seen it all. And its remarkable life continues too: around a quarter of a million Australians are linked to the Scheyville site through their ancestors. Because of this, Scheyville is recognised by the NSW State Heritage Register.

Putting down roots
Scheyville National Park protects a large area of the Cumberland Plain Woodland, an endangered ecological community. There’s also a small area of Casltlereagh scribbly gum woodland and shale transition forest. Strolling through Scheyville has much to interest naturalists – and animal enthusiasts, for that matter. The native thorn bush is an important understory habitat for birds. There are over 140 types of waterbirds, offering superb birdwatching opportunities. There are horse riding tracks and places for cycling. There is even an education centre focusing on plants and animals.

Feathered migrants
The park sustains an impressive population of permanent and migratory birds, including several precious species like the vulnerable swift parrot and turquoise parrot, and the endangered regent honeyeater. Bring some comfortable shoes and a pair of binoculars to get the most out of this quiet landscape, which changes throughout the year as different species come and go.

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Getting there

 Car

From Parramatta:

  • Travel north-west on Windsor Road to Boundary Road, Vineyard (6km east of Windsor)
  • Turn north onto Boundary Road , and then west on Old Pitt Town Road.
  • Turn north-east on Scheyville Road

From Windsor:

Take Windsor Road and turn east onto Pitt Town Road, then onto Saunders Road, then Scheyville Road.

There are numerous gates where walkers can enter the park, with the entrance for vehicles being on Scheyville Road.

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 Opening times

Scheyville National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to fire danger.

 Close to

Scheyville National Park is close to:

  • Windsor (8.2km)
  • Parramatta (31km)
  • Sydney (45km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Scheyville National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Discover the area’s fascinating heritage with a visit to the historical Scheyville Camp Precinct

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Take a morning stroll around Longneck Lagoon to observe the many bird species that call the wetland home, or drop in on their long migrations.

Autumn  (Mar, Apr, May)

  • Ride a horse around the central precinct of the park, where several trails thread over and around Longneck Creek.

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 11.2°C and  29.1°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 42.5°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 4.1°C and 17.9°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -7.2°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is January, the driest is September.
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 309.4mm in one day

Safety

Windsor

Phone: 02 4572 3100
Street address: Scheyville National Park, Scheyville Road, Scheyville NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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Scheyville National Park. Photo: John Spencer