A thriving river town in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Hay stands out for its charming parks, military history, heritage buildings and sheep-shearing culture. The Murrumbidgee River flows along the edge of town and features in self-guided nature and heritage walks.
Things to do in Hay
Take a Heritage Walk around Hay to discover about 20 historic buildings with architectural and cultural significance. You’ll find an array of treasures, including the copper-spired St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, the stained-glass and marble-adorned Courthouse and the ornate cast-iron Witcombe Fountain.
As a renowned wool-growing area, it’s no surprise that sheep shearing in Hay is an art form highlighted at the Shear Outback and Australian Shearers Hall of Fame. Visit the interpretive centre and Murray Downs woolshed and view artefacts, technology and displays related to sheep culture in Australia.
Explore the region’s military history at Dunera Museum and Hay Gaol Museum in the Hay Railroad Station. Discover the fascinating connection to World War II POW and civilian internment camps in the 1940s, brought alive through exhibits, storytelling, music and photographs.
Feel like experiencing the natural side of Hay? Take the Hay Nature Walk to Hay Weir, where you can drop a line for some Murray cod and sizzle it up at the barbecue area. For magnificent views, head over to the Hay Sunset Viewing Area. Back in town, dine at eclectic eateries along Murray and Lachlan streets.
Getting around Hay
Pick up a rental car in Melbourne, a five-hour drive away, or at Griffith City Airport, about 90 minutes away. Taxis are available within town or you can have free use of pushbikes from the Hay Visitor Information Centre on Moppett Street.