Rock Climbing at the Hay Plains? Not likely but the sheer beauty of the area is amazing. Being one of the flattest places on the planet, the Hay Plains features some of the most breath taking sunsets in the country. The quiet little town of Hay is located 720km west of Sydney, on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Hay has a rich rural industry, boasting some of the best merino sheep country in Australia. It is home to the famous Shear Outback (Australian Shearers Hall of Fame), Dunera Museum (The Hay internment and POW story), the beautiful Bishop’s Lodge Historic House and Heritage Rose Garden and of course the Hay Plains. The sunset viewing area is just a short ten minute drive out of town along the Cobb Highway. Just ensure to grab yourself a refreshing beverage or bottle of red from the local publican before witnessing this momentous event.
Hang on, We can’t fail to mention the former One Tree Hotel now can we? About 20km past the sunset viewing area you’ll see what remains of the One Tree Hotel. It was originally built in 1862 as a coach changing station and watering hole, however the first hotel burnt down in 1903 and was later rebuilt in the same manner. The licence for the hotel was relinquished in 1942 by its last publican, Frank McQuade.
If golf is your thing then you definitely cannot miss a round with the locals at the Hay Golf Club. This beautiful 18 hole course features it’s very own sand greens…..that’s right, sand greens. You think a normal green can be tough, then try putting on sand. The Hay Golf Club is also home to the NSW Amateur Sand Greens Competition.
Hay is a beautiful, relaxing and genuinely friendly Australian town. You are made to feel welcome by the locals straight away. Use your travel time wisely, visit Hay and it’s breath taking plains.