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

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/walking-tracks/migrant-heritage-walk/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Migrant Heritage walk.

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    30min - 2hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    1.1km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Migrant Heritage walk starts at Scheyville Camp precinct 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

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

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

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.

Nearby towns

Parramatta (24 km)

Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

www.sydney.com

Sydney City Centre (73 km)

No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

www.sydney.com

Windsor (7 km)

Explore Windsor's historic buildings, including St Matthew's Anglican Church (1817), Windsor Court House (1822), and the Macquarie Arms Hotel (1815). Bring a picnic or your boat and enjoy the beautiful riverside parks in Windsor including Howe Park and Governor Phillip Park.

www.sydney.com

Learn more

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

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