Scheyville horse riding trails

Scheyville National Park

Overview

Scheyville National Park has 12km of horse riding trails in a bushland setting suitable for horse riders of all ages and experience. Enjoy easy trail riding in western Sydney.

Where
Scheyville National Park
Distance
12km of trails
Time suggested
2hrs
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
Opening times

Scheyville National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Memorial Drive vehicle access (main park entry via Scheyville Road – no horseriding):

  • Weekdays: open 8.30am – 4.30pm.
  • Weekends: open 8.30, closure time may vary - may close any time after 4pm.
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Horse riding isn't permitted during or following wet weather due to trail damage
  • Let someone know where you are in case you come off your horse and get injured

Canter, trot or gallop through the 12km of horse riding trails in Scheyville National Park, which are situated in a picturesque, diverse woodland setting. Most riders find it easy to check out all of the trails here within a day, riding at a leisurely pace through forest and shrub, along open grasslands, and across creek crossings. Overall, the trails make for an easy, relaxed ride on reasonably flat terrain.

The trails are popular all year around as there’s plenty of shade for those hot summer days, and when the weather is cooler, you can make the most of the sunshine riding through grassland areas. In spring, the grounds are blanketed in beautiful native wildflowers. Keep your eyes open for eastern grey kangaroos and the occasional red-necked wallaby in the early morning or late afternoon.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/horse-riding-trails/scheyville-horse-riding-trails/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Scheyville National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Scheyville National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to fire danger.

    • Windsor
      (02) 4572 3100
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
    • Scheyville National Park, Scheyville Road, Scheyville NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4580 2714
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Scheyville horse riding trails.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Scheyville horse riding trails are in the central precinct of Scheyville National Park. To get there:

    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.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking for horse floats is available at two locations:

    • At the junction of Scheyville and Old Pitt Town Road
    • On the northern side of Scheyville Road, just south of the junction with Midson and Dunns Road.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

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

    Spring

    Discover the area's fascinating heritage with a visit to the historical Scheyville Camp Precinct.

    Summer

    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.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    11.2°C and 29.1°C

    Highest recorded

    42.5°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    4.1°C and 17.9°C

    Lowest recorded

    -7.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    309.4mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Horse riding safety

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Scheyville horse riding trails is in Scheyville National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Feathered migrants

    Wetlands, Scheyville National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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.

    • Longneck Lagoon walking track A small freshwater wetland, Longneck Lagoon walking track allows visitors to see the startling array of birds that frequent the area. Perfect for walking with children.

    Putting down roots

    Wetlands boardwalk, Longneck Lagoon walking track, Scheyville National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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.

    • Longneck Lagoon walking track A small freshwater wetland, Longneck Lagoon walking track allows visitors to see the startling array of birds that frequent the area. Perfect for walking with children.

    The Australian story

    Army relics, Scheyville National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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.

    • Migrant Heritage walk Migrant Heritage walk offers an easy stroll around original structures from the post-WWII migrant camp of Scheyville, with interpretive panels detailing the site’s heritage.
    • Scheyville Camp precinct Scheyville Camp Precinct preserves the area’s heritage. Visitors can take an easy walk through restored buildings, learning about the past through interpretive signs.

    Education resources (1)

    Scheyville National Park, Horseriding trails. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government