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Scheyville Camp precinct

Scheyville National Park

Overview

Scheyville Camp Precinct preserves the area’s heritage. Visitors can take an easy walk through restored buildings, learning about the past through interpretive signs.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Scheyville National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Opening times

Scheyville Camp precinct is behind a gate which is:

  • open 10am – 4.30pm daily
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Throughout the 20th century, the buildings and public spaces of Scheyville played host to many different people, groups and projects: a socialist labour settlement; the Dreadnought Trust’s training scheme for young British men; and farm training for Australian city boys. Scheyville even functioned for a time as a military camp. Later, it was the largest immigration hostel in Australia - this history is detailed in the Migrant Heritage walk.

Scheyville may be a national park now, but the site’s heritage is as clear as ever in Scheyville Camp precinct. Visitors can wander around old buildings and learn about the past way of life here, via interpretive signs. This is a particularly good stop for history buffs, school students, or people just looking to bookend a relaxing picnic with some light learning. Expect to find several easy walks around restored buildings from the 1920s or 50s, buildings in current restoration, or remnants of structures long since fallen. 

Scheyville Camp precinct has a strong historical value, but also a strong emotional one. Residents came to the site during times of great change in their lives, as Dreadnought boys, post-World War II migrants, or National Service Officers during the Vietnam War. The site is a legacy to these people.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Restored Heritage Building, Scheyville National Park. Photo: John Spencer