Longneck Lagoon walking track

Scheyville National Park

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Overview

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.

Distance
4km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
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What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

Longneck Lagoon walking track, a track which hugs banks of the small permanent freshwater wetland, has one very big attraction: birds. Over 140 species have been recorded at the park, with at least 42 species using the wetland on a regular basis (seven of which are protected by international treaty). Herons and egrets swoop overhead.

Surrounded by pleasant forest and offering a tranquil place perfect for walking with children, Longneck Lagoon walking track lets visitors engage with the area’s wildlife both safely and respectfully. Bring your camera and binoculars: as you walk beside the water, expect to see ducks, grebes, spoonbills and cormorants. There are plenty of good vantage points on this easy 4km walk. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the undergrowth too: some birds live down below in a thorn bush native to the area.

An education centre elaborates on the significance of Longneck Lagoon, but to extend your visit even further, head to the southern precinct of the park to explore Scheyville Camp precinct stop here for a picnic continue exploring along the Migrant Heritage walk.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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 Longneck Lagoon walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    4km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Longneck Lagoon walking track is in the northern precinct of Scheyville National Park. To get there:

  • Drive 10km from Windsor along Cattai Road
  • Longneck Lagoon is on the eastern side of the road near the bridge over Longneck Creek.

Parking

Parking is off Cattai Road, just before the bridge over Longneck Creek. Access to the walking track is via a sty over the boundary fence.

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

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

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

Longneck Lagoon walking track 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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