The Great Outdoors

Expand your mind to this vast open land

Hay is the centre of some of the flattest country on earth. The plains offer their own distinct beauty to see your first sunset or sunrise, and experience standing under a 360 degree sky ablaze with brilliant colour and mesmerizing cloud formations. Star gazing is the best you'll find.

The riverbanks of the Murrumbidgee are the place to find seclusion and relax under towering river red gums for a picnic and a spot of fishing. Bird watchers will find 150 species of birds that make the river and plain home.

As a day trip from Hay, visit the surrounding villages of Booligal, Maude, Oxley, One Tree, Carrathool and Boorooban.

Hay Shire is located on the Riverine Plain in south-western New South Wales and includes portions of the floodplains of the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee Rivers. Contrary to popular belief...
Hay has many great spots along the river for fishing, and the best times of year to fish are the Autumn months. The Murrumbidgee River is a haven for many varieties of fish...
Sunsets & Stargazing
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...
Swimming Pool
Officially opened in 1967, after ten years of fund raising and work towards its establishment. Named after John Houston, the President of the Hay Swimming Pool Committee for the whole 11 years the Committee existed.
Heritage & Arts Trails
Hay has a number of heritage buildings in the main street and artworks, particularly around the river bend - enjoy viewing these by following the trails.
Cycling in Hay
Hay provides free bikes for hire and great cycleways to enjoy Hay on wheels.