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Hay, NSW

Hay is located on the banks of the picturesque Murrumbidgee River, at the junction of the Sturt, Cobb and Mid-Western Highways. It is in the centre of some of the flattest country on earth. With a population of 3500, Hay is home to five museums, including Shear Outback: The Australian Shearers’ Hall of Fame.


Hay has a diverse agricultural industry. Traditionally sheep and wool production was the prominent activity, however today Hay’s agricultural industry comprises numerous activities that include rice, cotton, grapes, market gardens (lettuce, tomatoes, melons, garlic), cattle and barley, to name a few.

Hay is a popular destination for visitors who wish to experience the warmth of true country hospitality, and a rich cultural heritage. Hay’s main street is lined with heritage buildings, in pristine condition. There are many places to stay, including motels, hotels, bed & breakfasts, caravan parks and camping sites. Hay offers plenty of dining experiences, from country style pub meals to fine dining to take away.

Hay’s Museums.
Bullockies and bishops, cooks and coachbuilders, shearers and shed hands, pastoralists and prisoners of war. Visit any of Hay’s five museums and you’re sure to meet some of the town’s real characters, past and present. Characters like painter and preacher Bishop Ernest Anderson, Ah Mow the Chinese gardener, gun shearer Billy Garner, quilter Marion Gibson, or internment camp cartoonist Fred Schoenbach.

Hay’s museums can introduce you to some of the really remarkable people who have contributed to our community. See Gallipoli through the camera lens of a Hay soldier. Glimpse the fairies that children imagined lived at the bottom of the Bishop’s Lodge garden. Trace Italian POW Colonel Simone’s escape from the Hay Gaol. Witness the contribution that shearers have made to Australia’s economy.

Hay’s five museums are: Shear Outback: The Australian Shearers’ Hall of Fame, Bishop’s Lodge Historic House & Heritage Rose Garden, Hay Gaol Museum, Hay POW & Internment Camp Interpretive Centre, and the Hay War Memorial High School Museum.

Nearest Airport: Hay

Hay Map

Popular Activities

  • Golfing
  • Winery

About Hay

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Hay Postcode: 2711
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: Country NSW
  • Latitude: -34.50051
  • Longitude: 144.8451
  • Elevation: 93m
  • Population: 2406
  • Median Income: $28912
  • Area (Sq/km): 1946.916
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

Tours In Hay

Discover some of the tours options around Hay

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains