It's not often you get a view like this
Hay is in the centre of some of the flattest country on earth. The plains offer their own distinct beauty, not fully appreciated until you see your first sunset or sunrise and experience standing under a 360 degree sky ablaze with brilliant colour and mesmerising cloud formations.
Hay has its own unique Sunset Viewing Area which is located 16km north of Hay on the Cobb Highway (road to Booligal). From this point you will have a fantastic view of a sunset or sunrise.
The Cobb Highway between Hay & Wanganella also has some great opportunities for watching the sun set.
Another picturesque back drop to a sunset is from Shear Outback, with the windmill & trees scattered along the horizon.
The One Tree is also another brilliant spot to view a sunset with the old hotel silhouetted on the horizon. The beautiful sunset colours (yellow, red, pink, mauve & blue) and contrasting aspects of light and shadow, provide wonderful photographic opportunities. You may even wish to bring "take away" and eat dinner while watching the sun set and be ready for viewing a sky heavy with stars.
The perfect place to see the stars in all their glory
For those avid star gazers the nights sky on the Hay plains provides the ideal environment for viewing the Southern hemispheres array of satellites, constellations, planets, moons and celestial objects.
The most suitable star gazing points are the Hay Airport car park (just 5km south of Hay on the Cobb HWY) or the Sunset Viewing Spot on the Cobb HWY 16km north of Hay on the road to Booligal. The One Tree (52km) is also a great place to view the nights sky.
Tips for star gazing:
- View the sky from a dark location. Both locations listed above are away from direct light such as street lights & house lights.
- Allow your eyes time to adjust to the dark ie. 10-20 minutes
- If using a torch to view reading material or a sky map, cover it with red cellophane to preserve your dark vision.
- Even though the moon is a beautiful object to view in the nights sky, its light is so bright that it will make other objects appear fainter, so observe the evening sky on moonless nights.
There are various objects that can be seen in the nights sky with the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes.
For further information and monthly maps & reports on the nights sky visit the following website: www.skymaps.com Maps are in PDF form (you will need acrobat reader to download) and can be printed out on a basic printer.
The following websites can also provide interesting information on astronomy and the nights sky:-