Scheyville National Park

Overview

Scheyville National Park unites the best of the outdoors – birdwatching, easy walks, cycling and horse riding – with a diverse cultural setting.

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Some national parks are about more than just the natural environment: they’re about us. Scheyville is one of those parks.

This gem of a park also has a rich and surprising cultural history that touches more than a quarter of a million Australians. Within its current boundaries, a visitor will find the remnants of everything from a cooperative farm to a famous migrant camp - for many, this was the first stop on their journey to becoming an Australian. You might be a descendant of a Dreadnought Boy or of somebody who trained here to fight in the Vietnam War. Indeed, the cultural significance of the park is so wide-reaching that it has been placed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

Spend a morning birdwatching or wandering the grasslands on a horse, then explore the ruined and restored buildings clustered in the southern precinct of the park. Visiting Scheyville is a varied experience, uniting the best of the natural world with the history of our social world.

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Local alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Scheyville National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    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

    From Windsor:

    Take Windsor Road and turn east onto Pitt Town Road, then onto Saunders Road, then Scheyville Road.

    There are numerous gates where walkers can enter the park, with the entrance for vehicles being on Scheyville Road.

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

    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

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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).

    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

    Windsor (11 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.

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    Parramatta (33 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.

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    Sydney City Centre (57 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.

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    Learn more

    Scheyville National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    What we're doing

    Scheyville National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.

    Scheyville National Park. Photo: John Spencer