Scheyville Camp precinct

Scheyville National Park

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Overview

Take an easy walk around Scheyville Camp precinct in Scheyville National Park and explore the area's fascinating heritage. See restored buildings, remnants of structures long fallen, and uncover their unique history through interpretive signs.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Scheyville National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Opening times
Scheyville Camp precinct opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (8pm during daylight savings).
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Step back in time and explore the unique heritage of Scheyville Camp precinct in Scheyville National Park.

Throughout the 20th century, this site played host to many different people and projects. It was once a socialist labour settlement, then the Dreadnought Trust’s training scheme for young British men and a place where Australian city boys came to learn farming skills. Scheyville even functioned for a time as a military camp to train newly selected officer cadets. It later became the largest immigration hostel in Australia, a fascinating history which is detailed in the Migrant Heritage walk.

The site’s heritage is abundantly clear as you wander around old buildings and take in the 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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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 https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/historic-buildings-places/scheyville-camp-precinct/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

  • in Scheyville National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Scheyville National Park opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (8pm during daylight savings). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Scheyville Camp precinct.

Getting there and parking

Scheyville Camp precinct is in the southern 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
  • Turn onto Memorial Drive, Scheyville Camp precinct is marked by an information point

From Windsor:

  • Take Windsor Road and turn east onto Pitt Town Road
  • Turn onto Saunders Road and then Scheyville Road
  • Turn onto Memorial Drive, Scheyville Camp precinct is marked by an information point

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Scheyville Camp precinct.

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

Facilities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Drinking water

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

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 pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Scheyville Camp precinct 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 Take an easy walk around Scheyville Camp precinct in Scheyville National Park and explore the area's fascinating heritage. See restored buildings, remnants of structures long fallen, and uncover their unique history through interpretive signs.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Cumberland Plain land snail (Meridolum corneovirens)

    The endangered Cumberland Plain land snail is only found on the Cumberland Plain, west of Sydney. During drought it digs deep into the soil to escape harsh conditions. Its brown shell is thin and fragile.

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