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Migrant Heritage walk

Scheyville National Park

Overview

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.

Where
Scheyville National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
1.1km loop
Time suggested
30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Opening times

Migrant Heritage walk is behind a gate which is:

  • Open 10am – 4.30pm daily
Please note

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Step out of your car and into the past. This short walk, perfect for walking with children and for visitors with ties to the local area, pulls you back through the fascinating history of Scheyville. Whether you make it a stop on your larger car tour, or come here specifically, there’s much to hold your interest in Scheyville Camp Precinct.

Scheyville has a rich heritage of migrant settlement: between 1949 and 1964, up to 1500 people a year, from more than 22 countries, passed through the camp. Scheyville was their first glimpse of a new life in Australia, and visitors can see what they saw in structures like the Dreadnought dining hall and dormitory buildings, now under restoration. Other buildings on Migrant Heritage walk are waiting for repairs or reduced to outlines, but 12 interpretive panels, with text and photographs, help bring the site back to life. This is a terrific stop for anybody wanting a greater insight into the multicultural history of the country. Finish up by taking advantage of the picnic tables for a leisurely lunch.

Visitors with a direct connection to the site can also register on the Scheyville database to be kept up-to-date on activities around the park. Try the Longneck Lagoon walking track to engage with the areas wildlife.

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.
Migrant Heritage walk, Scheyville National Park. Photo: John Spencer