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Scheyville National Park

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by Rota (subscribe)
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Published January 1st 2017
A Park With Many Faces
Scheyville National Park

Scheyville National Park has fascinated me, since I learned of its existence a few years ago. Many quiet walks have I taken through this unusual park. It lies, unknown to most, in that yet untouched area between farm country and slowly encroaching development in Sydney's West.

One of the most astonishing things about Scheyville National Park is that although it has an outstandingly rich history and was well known in Western Sydney in its heyday, it has now been all but been forgotten.

And this is surprising, as it has had many faces in its time. Before settling into its current existence as a quiet National Park and Environmental Education centre, it was the site of a socialist experiment in the 1800's, a migrant camp, an agricultural training farm, an officer training unit and finally an agricultural college. And there are remnants of all of this varied history to be found there to this day.

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So much left behind

The various programs at Scheyville over the years brought newness, culture, and news from the outside world to the developing western sydney community.

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A bridge over a bridge

For me Scheyville is about discovery. It is full of surprises, as the past is remarkably intact onsite. Yet at the same time, the events that took place there happened long enough ago, that we don't have all the answers. As such, it retains an alluring element of mystery.

Migrant Heritage Walk

The migrant heritage walk takes you through the actual spaces where migrants from the early part of the 1900's lived and learned to work the land of the Australian countryside.

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The stories that define this place

The migrants came from parts of Europe including England and Hungary and were given the opportunity to create community here, and to learn and find work until they were able to branch out and make their own way in Australian society.

There are still some of the quonset huts used during this time located onsite.

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Silo on the hill

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Ruins are scattered along the walk

Check out more of what you can expect when taking this fascinating foray into the past in my earlier Migrant Heritage Walk article.

The Camp Precinct

Among all the other varied ways this amazing site was used it was even utilised as a military training facility by the 73rd Australian Anti-Aircraft Search Light Company RAAF 24 and afterwards by the 41st Parachute Battalion.

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The camp precinct

But while the part this small area played in the training of troops may be little known by the general public today, it has not been forgotten by the men who trained there.

Testament to this is the officer training unit association for Scheyville that keeps the officers in touch with each other.

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Plaque dedicated to the N.S.W men of the Australian Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Battery

Access to the camp precinct is free and opening hours are from 10am 4.30pm daily.

The Trails

Scheyville has a myriad of trails and walking tracks. There are paths through the bush, beside the lagoon and past the historical areas. There are lots of options for diverting in different direction and no two visits are likely to take you along the same route.

Parts of the park are designated for riding horses - not something you can do at just any reserve. This is particularly handy for the many local horse-owners nearby.

The most popular area for riding within the park tends to be the area bordered by Schofield road, Scheyville road and Old Pitt Town road.

For information on designated riding areas in Scheyville check out the National Parks and Wildlife's website.

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Riding available in some parts of the park

Longneck Lagoon Reserve

The scenes in this part of the park are nothing less than picturesque. The lagoon sits more or less at the centre and walking tracks line the banks and wind up into the forest.

Like the rest of the park these are by no means manicured trails, and the forest is equally rough - but this is its charm.

The lagoon itself is an important part of the ecosystem of the Hawkesbury area, as it provides a wetland habitat for numerous birds. Some of the more commonly seen species include the dusky moorhen, white-faced heron, royal spoonbill and the black-winged stilt.

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The lagoon at Scheyville

To discover more about this beautiful lagoon check out the Longneck Lagoon Reserve article.

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More of the trails

Scheyville is a National Park now, and probably will be for many years to come. But with such a varied history and the site's amazing ability to adapt, I wouldn't be too confident that this will be the last transformation it will undergo.
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Why? Visit a National Park with a uniquely varied history
When: 10am 4.30pm daily
Phone: 02 4572 3100
Where: Scheyville National Park, Scheyville Road, Scheyville NSW
Cost: Free to enter
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