OUTING – SUNDAY 25 November 2018

NB: Additional instructions and a map have been added on Mon 19 Nov – please see below.

We will be exploring the Scheyville and Cattai regions northwest of Sydney.

  • Scheyville National Park which comprises an old migrant hostel, a migrant heritage walk and old nissen huts and silos.
  • Cattai National Park which has a historic homestead and farm buildings. $8 per car entry. A good place for a picnic lunch by the Hawkesbury River. (The interior of the homestead is closed for renovation but plenty to see outside.)
  • Longneck Lagoon, which has over 42 species of birds and a 4 km boardwalk with vantage points.
  • These places are very close together and it would be easy to spend some time in each place. The lagoon would be best in the late afternoon so we should visit in the above order.

BYO morning tea, lunch and water.

Meet at Gordon for car pooling at 10am.
Drive to Scheyville National Park (45 mins approx).
Alternatively meet at Scheyville Park at 11am at the parking area (Scheyville Road).

Photography around the camp precinct until about 12.30pm.

Drive to Cattai National Park. Find a spot for a picnic lunch.
Photograph the Homestead and farm buildings (in separate locations).
Wander round the park and along the river.

At about 3 pm, drive to Longneck Lagoon for bird photography. Drive home when exhausted!

Some additional information for the outing on 25thNovember

  • Make your way onto Windsor Road and follow it to the Pitt-Town Road turnoff, just on the outskirts of Windsor. Do not take the Windsor Bypass.
  • Refer to the attached map for the route to Scheyville National Park.
  • As you turn into Scheyville Road, you will see a bus wrecking yard on the corner. I have spoken with the owner and it may be possible to take some photos inside if they are not working on the buses at the time. If not, you will be able to take shots from behind the fence (if the subject matter appeals to you!) I will be checking with him in the morning to test the lie of the land.
  • We will meet in the carpark of Scheyville National Park. This is well signposted.
  • We will then stay together for each stage of the trip.
  • Bring your own morning tea and lunch.
  • I have checked out access to Long Neck Lagoon. There is a perimeter walking track but much of it is overgrown and there are snakes in the area. It is therefore necessary for us to gain access via the Education Centre. The entrance is on Whitmore Road, as shown on the map.

We will have to walk approx. 800m to the lake from the road. Please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. I have spoken with the Ranger and there should be a good variety of birds, including nesting kingfishers.

Please register by writing your name on the list at the desk on meeting nights, or send an email to the club email address ncp@ncp.org.au 
Please indicate:
1. If you need a lift from Gordon Station (East side car park in Werona Ave near Khartoum)
2.If you can offer others a lift from Gordon Station

Judith Bennett
mob. 0419 899 066

Important: Please save this map to your mobile device or  print it out if you are coming on the outing:

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