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Inside of Hay Goal. Photo by Snucklepuff
Inside of Hay Goal. Photo by Snucklepuff
Hay Buildings. Tourism NSW, Jon Armstrong
Hay Buildings. Tourism NSW, Jon Armstrong
Shear Outback. Tourism NSW, Paul Foley
Shear Outback. Tourism NSW, Paul Foley
Hay Post Office, Alma Street. Paul Strasser
Hay Post Office, Alma Street. Paul Strasser
Grain Silos, Hay. Tourism NSW, Paul Foley
Grain Silos, Hay. Tourism NSW, Paul Foley
Shear Outback. Tourism NSW, Paul Foley
Shear Outback. Tourism NSW, Paul Foley
Sheep Shearing. Tourism NSW, Paul Foley
Sheep Shearing. Tourism NSW, Paul Foley
Railway Station. Photo by Jon Armstrong
Railway Station. Photo by Jon Armstrong

Hay Information

Hay in New South Wales is a productive agricultural town and is one of Australia’s leading wool and sheep meat producing areas. Hay was first established in 1859 and has a population of about 3,500 people.

The town of Hay features some significant aboriginal heritage with the Nari Nari Aboriginal Tribe having occupied the area of Hay before European settlement. Although today only 5% of the population in Hay is indigenous, there are still some excellent places with aboriginal influence such as the aboriginal paintings found on the pillars under the bridge.

A great tourist attraction to Hay is the Shear Outback Centre that highlights all aspects of the Shearing industry and houses the Australian Shearers Hall of Fame. Visitors can meet shearers first hand and experience what it takes to shear a sheep with demonstrations being held several times a day.

Another great attraction in Hay is the Dunera museum located at the railway station. The museum houses photos, stories and artefacts about the experiences of prisoners of war between 1940-1946.

More war history can be found at the War Memorial Museum in Pine Street. The museum has an excellent collection of war related artefacts, which is displayed, in the school hall.

Built in 1878, the Hay Gaol Museum is another tourist drawcard. The Gaol was once used as a hospital for the insane as well as housing prisoners of war. The Museum features a collection of windmills and one of Australia’s best-preserved aboriginal canoes.

The surrounding area of Hay also contain plenty of native Australian wildlife. There are Red and Grey Kangaroos, wedge tailed eagles, Bobtails and Echidnas. The Murrumbidgee River system also contains hundreds of bird species and fish.

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Sheep Shearer at Work in Hay. Tourism NSW, Photo by Mike Newling
Sheep Shearer at Work in Hay. Tourism NSW, Photo by Mike Newling
Drovers in Hay. Tourism New South Wales. Photo by Mike Newling
Drovers in Hay. Tourism New South Wales. Photo by Mike Newling