Blogs from Hay, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hay September 17th 2016

Day One – Brandon's Corner – Hay NSW A bit of logistics to start. My wife Suz, son Nathan and Daughter Amy are in our 1991 Maverick for this trip. Grandad and Oma are in their 2009 Toyota Rav 4. We both have camper trailers and have been planning this trip for ages. So in my truck it started a little something like this only 5km out of the ACT: "Did you bring this?", asks Suz. "Don't remember", says I. "Did you bring that?". "Nah. Didn't think we'd use it". Silent fume... Repeat around three dozen times. But we survived the day and have arrived at our first spot a couple of KM East of Hay – Brandon's Corner. No idea of the origin for the name for the spot but I fear it may be ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hay October 21st 2015

Somehow or other whenever we cross the Hay Plains it seems to rain and this time was no different. We had planned to free camp by the Murrumbidgee River but rain and black soil river flood plains are not a good mix so we decided to take the northern route instead and stay in Hay. The northern route near Griffith turned out to be a much more interesting drive than the southerly route via XXXXXX. Instead of flat plains the road wound through low hills and bushland. In the middle of nowhere a little dog crossed the road in front of us. It looked very out of place and the ute following must have felt the same as it slowed down and stopped. We assumed that the driver decided to pick up the dog; maybe he ... read more
There always seems to be road works somewhere on the Hay plain. Nothing much in sight but there was certainly work being done.
We managed to find a nice spot to stop for morning coffee
Heavy rain added a new challenge

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hay May 31st 2013

Day 1662/1 Hi all, Since giving up the flat in Canberra 18th May, we have been at the farm “looking after” Helen who had a nasty accident with one of the Landcruisers and came out of it much worse off, (Well if you do try an act like a “sleeping policeman”) the Landcruiser will run over you. So with moving out of Canberra it was perfect timing to go to the farm and add a couple of pairs of hands in helping out. I accept we are useless on the farm, so our outlook is very simple, do anything for Helen we could to ease her work load so she could rest up and recuperate. They are pretty simple jobs, drive in to Wagga and collect a pallet load of chemicals, feed the dogs and the ... read more
Tiger Moth
Good airmanship
Save our Koala's

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hay March 3rd 2013

We've found Hay quite delightful. A small town with population of around 3500. A club with good food, well kept homes and a council very proud of their heritage. All the historical buildings have plaques on them explaining the history. The bush walks, parks, the Murrumbidgee, sunsets and the open plains, all add a degree of charm. The people are happy and friendly, so too are their dogs. So an enjoyable week was had by all.... read more
Sandy Point Reserve
Sandy Point
Sandy Point Beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hay February 28th 2013

We love spending time on the Murrumbidgee River affectionately known to the locals as "The Bidgee". We've found one of the best ways to explore is by push bike, so we grab each opportunity to go for a ride. Hay has this fantastic walking/bike track, Bidgee Riverside Trail that has a series of Stainless Steel sculptures along it with picnic spots. John Wood is the Artist Blacksmith. Last year the track flooded and as the sculptures were mounted on concrete slabs, they survived well and only needed a hose down after the water subsided. Hay itself didn't flood but it came to within cms from the top of the levy bank.... read more
Towards Hay Bridge
Warakirri Murals
The Other Side

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hay July 8th 2011

Friday 8th July Last night was very cold (-0.6 degrees at 4.30am brrr brrr) and it stayed cold all day, can't wait to find some warm weather. We travelled from Gol Gol to Hay about 300klms and arrived about 1pm. Booking into the Hay Big 4 caravan park - 28$ per night (Big 4 dic 2.80 - $25.20). Nice little park. Went to check out the Shear Outbank Centre - a museum about the shearing industry of the area. Saw a sheep being sheared in the shearing shed. The Hay Shire has the distinction of being one of the flattest sections of land in the world with a difference in elevation of only 17 metres between the highest and lowest points and is located on the vertally treeless Hay Plains and is on the Murrumbidgee River, ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Hay April 5th 2010

Hi everyone, Pam & I left Mornington on Wednesday 31st Mch and headed for Echuca. We stayed there at Bill & Marions place (a small 5 acre farmlet) where we were made very welcome. On Wed night Bill & Marion took us to the Rich River Country Club where we all (including Pam) played indoor carpet bowls. It was a great night. On Thursday 1st April, in the morning we went shopping for food and fuel in Echuca, Bill and Doug played bowls in the afternoon. We all went out to dinner at the Sporties Club in Moama, came home and watched the footy on TV. Friday, 2nd April, we got up early and prepared for our next leg to Oxley. We left a t 10-00am and called in to see Pam’s cousin Rob in Echuca ... read more

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