Hay is a rural town of about 3000 people, with several motels and many country pubs, at the intersection of three major highways on the main route from Sydney to Adelaide, making it a good place for a stop on a long road trip. The Hay tourism board maintain a useful website , which provides good information about accommodation, directions and activities in Hay.
Hay is on the Sturt Highway (A20). Most people arrive via this route, although some also arrive via the much less travelled Cobb Highway (B75). It is also the western end of the Mid-Western Highway.
The highlight of Hay must be:
- ShearOutback (Shearer's Hall of Fame), ☏ . Modern museum with exhibitions of shearing and sheep-related paraphernalia, and regular live shearing demonstrations. Also has a good cafe. Open 9-5 every day. Admission $15 adults, $10 concession (August 2006). Just off the South Hay roundabout, on the Sturt Highway.
- 1 Hay Gaol, 355 Church St, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-5PM daily. A former prison which has since been converted into a museum. Adults $4 Children $1.
- 1 The Convent, 160 Pine St (on the main road turn left at Foodworks, if coming in off the Sturt Highway, one block down the road), ☏ . Owned by locals, it has a beautifully renovated interior and is well worth a coffee at least. Also provides accommodation.