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Migrant Heritage walk

Scheyville National Park

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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 opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (8pm during daylight savings).

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, binoculars

Step out of your car and into the past on this short walk that gives you a glimpse of Scheyville’s fascinating history.

See relics of buildings where Australian city boys and young British men learned farming skills. Explore places such as the Casual Labour Farm, the Dreadnought dining hall and dormitory buildings and the Government Agricultural Training Farm, which operated from the early 1900s to 1939.

Along the way, you'll get an insight into Scheyville’s migrant settlement history. Between 1949 and 1964, up to 1500 people a year from more than 22 countries passed through the camp. Scheyville was often their first glimpse of a new life in Australia. Experience what they saw in the old buildings, some of which are now under restoration or reduced to outlines.

See the Officer Training Unit, which operated from 1965 to 1973 to train cadets who had been called in for service to the Army. As you walk, you’ll find interpretive panels with text and photographs to 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 and for visitors with ties to the local area. It’s an easy stroll, making it perfect for walking with children. Finish up your time here by taking advantage of the picnic tables for a leisurely lunch.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

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

    Scheyville Camp precinct

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

 

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

General enquiries

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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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