Situated on the Murrumbidgee River and surrounded by vast open grasslands, Hay has a rich history, colourful characters and a friendly community. Hay offers residents a relaxed, laid back lifestyle, culturally alive and very supportive environment in which to pursue business and recreational interests.
Hay is alive with opportunity and energetic activity, a community embracing change.
- Three major banks
- Legal and accounting firms
- Real Estate agents
- Engineering Manufacturers
- Stock and Station Agents
- Post Office
- Service Stations
- Motor Repairers
- Veterinary Clinic
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Courts
- Golf Course
- Fast food
Housing: Average value of private sector houses $180,000
Location: distance from Sydney 758km, Melbourne 410km, Canberra 520km
Climate: Hay’s climate is semi-arid and sunny all year round, with mild winters and warm summers. The average summer temperature is 33deg and 13deg in winter. The average annual rainfall is 370mm.
Housing: Residential properties range from modern homes to stylish weatherboard houses with an abundance of charm. Or if you are looking for the wide open spaces then why not invest in a rural property. For those seeking rental properties Hay offers a selection of residential rental properties from houses to flats and units.
Housing in Hay is very affordable offering economical alternatives to the increasing prices of metropolitan centres.
In Hay (Urban Centre Localities), the median weekly rent was $118, compared to $190 in Australia. The median monthly housing loan repayment was $650, compared to $1,300 in Australia. The average household size was 2.4 and the average number of persons per bedroom was 1.1.
Careers: Employment opportunities in the horticultural sector are available from casual to fulltime positions. The emerging tourism industry has also created a demand for skilled people in the hospitality, retail and service sector.
Shear Outback offers visitors a great insight into the Australian Shearing Industry, from the legendary stations of our folk lore to the significant industrial changes the unions achieved and life for the shearing fraternity today. Through a contemporary interpretive museum and the authentic feel and smell of a traditional shearing shed the story of this huge pastoral industry unfolds. Marvel at the Shearer’s Hall of Fame, take time to enjoy a live shearing demonstration, recharge in the café and find unusual souvenirs in the gift shop. Check out what’s on in the gallery which showcases excellent temporary and travelling exhibitions.
Hay offers its community a comprehensive range of quality educational facilities.
Our young children are well catered for with a nationally accredited Long Day Care Centre for children from 6 weeks to 6 years, a Pre School Kindergarten for 3 to 6 year olds and a Mobile Children’s Service.
As our children move on to primary school education Hay offers the choices of Hay Public School and St Mary’s Catholic School.
The Hay War Memorial High School was established in 1923, as a co-educational comprehensive high school and has a particularly strong tradition befitting a war memorial linked to the ANZAC tradition. Today the school offers a comprehensive curriculum to cater for the changing needs of today’s youth. Hay War Memorial High School is currently providing education for 222 students.
School of the Air is one of the major facilities for the education of isolated students. It uses a variety of communication techniques including video conferencing, satellite lessons, telephone, fax and email and written material to deliver curriculum content to 45 travelling students, as well as 22 isolated students.
Post secondary education and vocational training is available locally through TAFE and various other providers.
Tertiary education is offered through numerous universities located in Albury/Wodonga, Melbourne and Wagga Wagga.
There is an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports or become immersed in cultural activities to consume your leisure time.
Sport facilities in Hay include:
- A golf course
- Tennis court complex
- Squash courts
- Free olympic size swimming pool and children’s and toddler’s pools
- Skate park
- Well maintained parks and ovals
- Bowling greens
- Health and Fitness Club
- Clay Target shooting and Pistol Club
- Horse sports
- A fully equipped gymnastics gym
Health & Medical
The residents of Hay are well provided for with a large range of health and community services. The Shire is serviced by two resident doctors and is part of the Greater Southern Area Health Service and receives a range of health services including dental, mental health, allied health, pathology and radiology.
The Hay Hospital was opened in 2003 and boosts a well equipped emergency department, modern hospital wards and the McFarland Wing aged care centre. Community and Nursing Services, Community Health Services and the Ambulance are also based at the facility.
The Heydays’ Retirement Village offers low level permanent and respite care accommodation for our older residents.
Hay Home and Community Care provides a number of services for the residents of Hay including: Respite Care, Community Transport, Medical Transport, Home Modification and Maintenance, Meals on Wheels, Dementia Care and Neighbour Aid Social Support.
Hay Shire offers a vast range of recreational facilities for both visitors and locals to choose:
The Hay Park
The Hay Park (accessible from Moppet and Pine Streets) is a large park with well kept gardens, picnic tables, free electric BBQ and toilet facilities. Children will find plenty to do. They can play in the playground, work out on the outdoor gym equipment or feed the ducks and geese in the duck pond.
Four codes of football are played at the grounds including AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer. There are also three netball courts, turf wickets for the cricket season and a community hall at the park.
Brewery Park is the name of one of Hay’s newest parks. Named because it stands in close proximity to the former old Red Lion Brewery (used until 1915). This park can be found at the western end of Moppet Street. There is good parking, a picnic table and a panoramic view of the Murrumbidgee River.
The Lions Park is situated on the northern side of the Murrumbidgee River just near the bridge. This lovely park has a large grassed area, where visitors can relax, toilets, free electric BBQ and a rain water tank for refreshing the “billy”.
John Houston Memorial Swimming Pool
The swimming complex is run by the Hay Shire Council and is FREE entry. There are three pools in total: olympic size, a medium size pool and a toddlers pool. The swimming pool complex has a BBQ and children’s playground.
Dal Wright Park
Dal Wright Park is a small park named after the man who turned this area into a delightful park and playground. The park can be found on the first left over the bridge from the south, beside the town’s water tanks.
The Apex Park is close to Hay’s famous attraction, The Goal Museum. Children can enjoy the swings and a pretend ride on the restored vintage tractor.
The showground contains a number of buildings and facilities which are utilised throughout the year including the Annual Hay Show, the Hay Races, special events and as a camping facility. It also houses the Hay Gun Club.
Hay Tennis Courts
The Hay Tennis Club has seven synthetic and four clay courts, and is located in Lachlan Street. Junior and senior teams and individuals compete locally, regionally and at state level with several tournaments held at the complex each year.
The Hay Golf Course
Hay has one of the best 18-hole sand-green golf course in NSW. Located on the Sturt
Highway (west of Hay), it is situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.
Sandy Point Beach is the town’s swimming beach. There is a sandy split leading to the safe family swimming area. Majestic old River Red Gums provide shade to enjoy a
relaxing swim or a picnic break. Free electric BBQs and toilet facilities available.
Located on the northern side of the Murrumbidgee, Bushy Bend offers a meandering dirt track by the river and is home to The Long Paddock Sculptures which are strategically placed for quiet contemplation.
Hay has a taxi service for transport within the town. Daily coach services are available to Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. Countrylink services provide access to Sydney via coach connection to XPT.
Hay was a well maintained airport only 4kms from the town centre, however there is no local air service. Rex Airlines services Griffith (150km from Hay) with several flights per day to Sydney.
There is a high level freight capacity with various carriers.
Hay has a broad range of retail shops including supermarkets, discount shops, electrical goods and furnishings, banks, newsagents, giftware, butcher and bakery just to name a few.
Well known for our country hospitality, customers are treated to service with a smile and retailers will often order stock in to suit individual needs.
Hay is an extremely active community and boosts a number of trendy cafes where you can relax over a coffee, while our restaurants offer you a memorable dining experience
Hay has two registered clubs and numerous hotels to offer the ideal venue for you to mingle with friends, enjoy great entertainment and fine food
Things to See & Do
Coming for a weekend visit?
Try these must do suggestions to make the most of your visit.
9am - Wander through Hay’s main street area and do the Heritage Walk to take a step back in time and see Hay’s historical buildings
10am - Visit Shear Outback and see Shearing Demonstration in the Historic Murray Downs Shearing Shed. Shear Outback offers visitors a great insight into the Australian shearing industry and rural life on the land.
12noon - Lunch at Hay Park and relax while the children play in the playground or feed the ducks and geese in the duck pond
2.30pm - Visit Bishop’s Lodge Historic House and Heritage Rose Garden. Bishop’s Lodge is a beautiful architecturally dynamic home, surrounded by a heritage garden with remarkable historic roses.
4pm - Go for a stroll along the Murrumbidgee River and enjoy the wonderful indigenous murals located on the Hay Bridge pylons and see the Long Paddock Sculptures located around Bushy Bend
6pm - Dinner at Hay Services Club - Bistro-Dining Room
Do some stargazing as Hay is known as the perfect place to see the stars in all their glory.
9am - Visit the Hay Gaol Museum. The Goal Museum has a fascinating history having been a Goal, hospital, a lock up hospital for the insane, POW detention centre, and an institute for girls. The museum holds a wealth of memorabilia celebrating the Australian way of life.
10.30am - Visit the Hay War Memorial High School Museum. The Hay War Memorial High School commemorates the valiant young volunteers of WW1 who gave their all for this country.
12 noon - Picnic or BBQ lunch and a swim at the free John Houston Memorial Swimming pool complex.
2pm - Visit Dunera Museum – Hay Internment and POW Camps Interpretive Centre. The Dunera exhibit at the Hay Railway Station tells the stories of extraordinary experiences of prisoners of War during World War Two.
3pm - Go for a drive to Booligal along the Long Paddock made famous by Banjo Paterson’s Poem “Hay Hell & Booligal” on the Lachlan River. You can see the famous landmark ‘One Tree Hotel” along the way. You may see some grazing Kangaroos and emus, while hawks, wedge- tail eagles and galahs soar overhead.
5.30pm - Take nibbles & drinks and sit back and take some photos of the spectacular sunset at the Long Paddock Sunset Viewing area on the way home from Booligal
6.30pm - Dinner at Restaurant and on the way home keep your eye out for the Search Light shining into the distance from the Dunera Museum
After your two days in Hay you will see Hay offers a true country lifestyle!!
- Annual Hay Fishing Competition – weekend of fishing along the Murrumbidgee River with great prizes to be won
- Australia Day Celebrations & Pool Party – Day of family fun and presentations to citizens with outstanding achievements
- Annual Carrathool Races – Carrathool’s popular annual Picnic Race meeting provides lots of fun and you can watch the popular Jillaroo Spring and Jackeroo dash
- Annual Peppin-Shaw Riverina Flock Ewe Competition is where you can see some of the Hay areas best Merino Ewes over two days of visiting local Hay properties
- Hay Twilight Rodeo
- Toyoshima Day Dunera Museum – Learn more about Toyoshima and other Japanese POW’s at Hay at the Museum and archive room
- Shag Gregory Memorial Poker Run
- Anzac Commemorations
- Annual Booligal Sheep Races – enjoy the unique spectacle of the Booligal sheep races on the lush lawns at Booligal Cricket ground
- Hay Sheep Show – See some of Hay’s best Merino sheep on display
- Annual Hay Mini Nationals
- Annual Club Standard & Triumphs (Vanguard) Car Rally
- Annual Hay Plains Bowls Carnival
- The Hay Dustdrinkers B&S Ball
- Annual Hay Show
- Annual Open Tennis Tournament
- Flat Plains Men’s Bowls Carnival
- Annual Hay Rodeo which promises to be fun-filled, action packed rodeo spills and thrills
- CWA Flower Show
- Annual Bishop’s Lodge Spring Market- you can stroll through a vast array of stalls selling handmade items such as quality clothing and homewares as well as the Lodge’s unique roses
- Biennial National Shearing & Wool handling Championships
- Hay Jockey Club Races is acknowledged as on of the biggest days of the year in Hay
- Paint the Town Red Sale
- Annual St Mary’s Christmas Fete
- Annual Hay Christmas Festival
- Carols by Candlelight