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.

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

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.

See more visitor info

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 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 - 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.

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 around restored buildings, learning about the past through interpretive signs.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Cumberland Plain land snail. Photo: Marie-Claire Demers ©DPIE

    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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