Hay is just about in the middle of nowhere, but in fact in the middle of everywhere from NSW perspective. Hay has a lot of history and is also an historic town.

Located on the main route approximately midway between the large cities of Sydney and Adelaide at the junction of the Sturt, Cobb and Mid-Western Highways. The township itself is built beside the Murrumbidgee River, part of the Murray-Darling river system;

The locality where Hay Township developed was originally known as Lang’s crossing place (named after three brothers named Lang who were leaseholders of runs on the southern side of the river).  It was the crossing on the Murrumbidgee River of a well-travelled stock-route (known as “the Great North Road”) leading to the markets of Victoria

During World War II Hay was used as a prisoner-of-war and internment centre, due in no small measure to its isolated location.  Three high-security camps were constructed there in 1940. The Hay Museum (an excellent and converted rail station) gives an excellent portrayal from that era. Be sure to check out the conveniences.

The Churches in Hay are a mix of the traditional and modern.

Two of the Hotels are modern NSW pubs. The New Crown being a vintage hotel. (Refreshment beckons)

The Boar and War Memorials are separately located.

Hay would normally be considered a pass through town, but the museum determines a minimum of half a day is required.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course