Explores one of the most fascinating stories in Australian history – a story that stretches from WW2 to modern-day Australia. From the capitals of Europe to the vast flatness of the Hay Plains.
Over 6,000 German, Italian and Japanese civilian Internees and Prisoners of War (POW) were kept in three Prison Camps at Hay between 1940 and 1946. They were guarded by over 600 members of the 16th Australian Garrison Battalion.
The 'Dunera Boys', 1,984 German Jews and other refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, were the first internees of British Government WWII policy and arrived in Hay on 7th September 1940.
The museum is a moving tribute to the power of the human spirit. Located at the Hay Railway.
Open 7 days per week from 10am - 4pm
Enjoy the unique experience of seeing the sunset with a 360-degree uninterrupted view. The perfect spot for photographers or those wanting to enjoy a traditional “sundowner” as the sun sets over the vast Hay Plains. Located just 16km north of Hay on the Cobb Highway the Sunset Viewing area features a Long Paddock information panel…
Hay Gaol Museum
Church St Hay NSW 2711
Built in 1878 and a community museum since 1976 the Hay Gaol has stood sentinel over the town as it transformed from Gaol to maternity hospital to institute for girls and now a museum. The museum houses an intriguing collection of artefacts from antique windmills to Australia’s oldest known bark canoe.
Bidgee Riverside Trail Sculptures
Bidgee Riverside Trail, 95 Lachlan Street, Hay NSW 2711, Australia
A formed walking track that hugs the curves of the Murrumbidgee River invites visitors to wander through the Bushy Bend reserve to Sandy Point beach. The walking track features large public sculptures by artists John Wood and John Woodward. Hire a bike from the Visitor Information Centre to explore by bike.