This exciting and innovative exhibition space uses contemporary design and cutting edge technology to tell the story of Australian sheep shearing. You'll meet the shearers, shed hands, cooks, classers, cockies, sheep and dogs behind the legends at this sparkling gallery-museum in Hay.
Hay is a historic farming town in the heart of Country NSW. Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and surrounded by the vast grasslands of One Tree Plain, Hay has many fine heritage buildings and a diverse collection of museums. You can learn about the pastoralists, prisoners of war, shearers and bishops who have all made their mark here. In fact, every year there's a competition to induct more hall of famers at the Festival of Blades.
Take the heritage walk to see the best of Hay's heritage buildings. Highlights include the Hay Gaol Museum and the Witcombe Fountain. The Dunera Museum at Hay Railway Station: Hay Internment and POW Camps Interpretive Centre and Hay War Memorial High School Museum both provide fascinating insights into the role of Hay and the Griffith area in both world wars.
In his famous poem "Hay and Hell and Booligal", Banjo Paterson compares Hay with the town of Booligal, about 80 km to the north. Drive up to see whether Paterson's comparisons hold true or simply to watch the annual sheep races.
Hay has a range of accommodation offerings, including camping grounds, caravan parks, cottages, farm stays, motels and hotels.
Sunday 18 October 2015
Annual Bishops Lodge Market For a great day out, visit the Bish
Fly into Griffith Airport
Griffith Airport is located 5 km from Griffith’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip south. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Regional Express operates daily flights to and from Sydney, and Par Avion offers flights to and from Melbourne three times a week. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney and Melbourne to travel into Griffith.
Bishops Lodge Historic House and Heritage Rose Garden
Shear Outback Museum Centre, Hay. Image: Shear Outback
Enjoying Sandy Point, Hay
Herding sheep demonstration at 'Shear Outback' in Hay. Image: Paul Foley
Enjoying coffee at a cafe in the town centre of Hay