Hay, Outback NSW

Outback Touring & Destinations

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About Hay

About Hay

Hay is a delightful township and home to the spectacular new attraction SHEAR OUTBACK – The Australian Shearers’ Hall of Fame. Set in the heart of the Riverina and on the eastern edge of the New South Wales Outback, Hay is located almost halfway between Sydney and Adelaide and is set beside the Murrumbidgee River at the junction of the Sturt, Cobb and Mid Western Highways.

Hay's history is rich with tales of boom and bust – of isolation and innovation.

Visit Hay's five amazing Museums:

  • Shear Outback - The Australian Shearers Hall of Fame
  • Dunera Museum - Hay Internment and POW Camps Interpretative Centre
  • Bishop's Lodge Historic House & Heritage Rose Garden
  • Hay Gaol Museum
  • Hay War Memorial High School Museum

You can visit the parks with their beautiful rose gardens and BBQ facilities and in the summer the free Olympic swimming pool is open for everyone.

The Murrumbidgee River is a focal point for Hay, ideal for camping, picnics and water sports. Enjoy a day on the river, catching Murray Cod. Spend time in Hay and be amazed by the wildlife, our everlasting sunsets and the 'chandelier of stars' night sky.

You can call into the Hay Visitor Information Centre and go for a ride on our free bikes and admire our beautiful heritage buildings or visit Chris McClelland's Art Gallery who is Hay's famous "Wildlife Artist".

Outback Beds

Outback Beds near Hay

  • A perfect halfway stop between Sydney and Adelaide or an experience not to miss on your Outback Adventure. Corynnia Station offers guests two stylishly decorated, 1940's cottages set within glorious homestead gardens that have been featured in many publications or a new, authentically Australian, lodge style facility catering for up to twelve guests.

Getting to Hay

Driving to Hay

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Hay.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Hwy <> Newell Highway <> Sturt Highway: Distance = 1,360km approx

From Sydney:

Hume Highway <> Sturt Highway: Distance = 635km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Freeway <> Cobb Highway: Distance = 415km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Sturt Highway: Distance = 740km approx


Travel & Touring

Hay Touring Routes

  • A taste of the Outback, Food and Wine; Griffith to Mildura. Getting to the Riverina and South West NSW is easy! If driving to the area major highways from Sydney, Melbourne lead to Griffith or coming from Adelaide to Mildura. Fly in and out options are also available, with major airports at each end, in Griffith and Mildura, that have daily flights servicing Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Many of the large hire car and camper-van companies are available for hire at each destination.

Visitor Information

Hay Visitor Information Centre

407 Moppett Street, Hay NSW 2711
Ph: (02) 6993 4045


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