Hay is a rural town of about 3000 people. It has several motels and many country pubs, and is located at the intersection of three major highways, 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 Stuart Highway, which is the main route from Sydney to Adelaide. Most people arrive via this route, although some also arrive via the much less travelled Cobb Highway. It is also the western end of the Mid-Western Highway.
The highlight of Hay must be:
- ShearOutback (Shearer's Hall of Fame), ☎ +61 2 6993 4000. 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.