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Hay is an important pastoral town of the Riverina area of New South Wales.

Located 728 km west of Sydney via the Great and Mid Western Highways Hay is situated alongside the Murrumbidgee River at the junction of the Sturt, Cobb and Mid Western Highways, halfway between Sydney and Adelaide. 94 metres above sea-level and with a population of around 3,000 it is surrounded by completely flat, open, treeless saltbush plains. Indeed the road from Hay to Maude is as flat as western Queensland or the Nullarbor Plain.

Historic Buildings
Heading south along Lachlan Street, between Moppett and Bank Streets are several public and commercial buildings which make a fine contribution to the main street. The shire office (1877), with its stout verandah posts, was originally the town's second courthouse. The lands office (1896), also notable for its verandah posts, as well as for the railing and windows, was one of the first such buildings to be designed for the outback climate.

The Post Office (1881), with its multiple arches and beautiful cast-iron railing along the second storey balcony was designed by James Barnet. It is situated on the site of the town's first courthouse and lockup. The clock tower was added in 1901.

Post Office

The Westpac Bank building, erected in 1877, originally housed the A.J.S. Bank. Opposite the Post Office is Japp's Pharmacy, again with attractive turned timber posts and some highly ornate cast-iron lacework along the upstairs balcony.

Turn back along Pine Street and take the second left into Church Street. Over Piper Street, to your left, is Hay Gaol Museum. The gaol complex was built in 1879 to replace an earlier prison (probably dating from 1871) and has had an interesting history. Despite architecturally inappropriate additions and alterations it remains a good example of a Victorian country-town gaol.

Hay Gaol

Boating, Fishing, Tennis & Golf nearby.
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Hay Visitor's Centre


Shear Outback Centre


83 Lachlan Street Hay NSW
Phone (02) 6993.1901
Fax (02) 6993.3406

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