Discover travel destinations of travelers writing a travel journal on FindPenguins.

13 travelers at this place

  • Day53

    Pioneer route ( Hay)

    January 11, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Vanaf Adelaide weer oost en noordwaarts gegaan, richting Queensland. Op 5 februari vlieg ik vanaf Gold Coast naar Nieuw Zeeland, tot die tijd volg ik 1 van de Surveyor Routes langs de rivieren. Leuk tijdverdrijf zijn de Pioneer of Settler villages waar men gebouwen en machines uit de 19e/ begin 20e eeuw laat zien, vaak met leuke anekdotes erbij. Foto 2 is een zelfgemaakte koelkast uit die tijd, isolatie : houtskool..?!
    In Mildura heeft de Honda een olieservice en wat grovere Bridgestone banden gekregen, speciaal voor de unsealed wegen die je toch vaak tegenkomt.
    Fijn is verder de vele stopplekjes onderweg langs de rivier: ff een frisse duik, en dan soms weer verder, soms ook niet.
    Read more

  • Day29


    June 1, 2016 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 5 °C



    We headed off along the dirt road toward Balranald and this road was a lot rougher than the road in to Mungo. It was quite stony and as Frank mentioned in the last post, his efforts to minimise the dust produced by our Pajero by his addition of larger mudflaps only seemed to result in our van being blasted by gravel from the car wheels. Can’t figure that one out at all!! We had stones the size of 10 cent pieces gathered along the top of the front-boot-door rain gutter and some even flew up so high they went into the scupper vent in the roof of the van. Apart from that we heard some rather loud banging noises coming from the rear so stopped to investigate and Frank found that three of the four caravan wheels had loose wheel bearings so we spent a couple of hours beside the road while he removed each wheel in turn and checked and tightened everything. Oh well, it was our first major problem but now is remedied (hopefully).

    We stopped for the night in Balranald and decided to treat ourselves to dinner in the Shamrock Hotel. Next morning we visited the information centre where they had a historic display of Aboriginal history of the area and also some pioneering information. We continued on to Yanga Lake and looked around the historic homestead which is surrounded on three sides by the lake where the pioneering family used to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets on the water from their vantage point on the veranda. We drove on to Swan Hill where we checked in to a van park for a couple of nights.

    During our Swan Hill stay we went on a couple of walks along the riverside and through some lovely gardens and enjoyed the great views of the Murray River in the shade of the river red gums. We saw the paddle steamer Gem in its permanent spot near the river.

    On our way again we travelled on to Echuca and after setting up camp we headed for the Beechworth bakery store for a very enjoyable afternoon tea. It became drizzly during the afternoon and then it rained solidly all night. By the time we packed up next morning it had cleared and we had a stroll along the Echuca Wharf precinct past the historic buildings with views of the old multi-level wharf. We then had a look through the Holden museum before setting off for Benalla where Frank had arranged to give Alan a hand with his racing car at the historic Winton race meeting for the weekend. We stayed at Peter Hall’s place in Benalla as we had done last year for this same race weekend and spent both days at the Winton track. Max, Roger and Richard Gissing had come up from Melbourne with Alan so there were quite a few of us. We also saw Lee Seibler at the track.

    We headed off on Monday through Tocumwal (for lunch) and on to Deniliquin on the banks of the Edward river. The countryside was mostly flat with some sheep grazing areas and nearer to Deniliquin we saw some empty rice fields. Sun Rice has set up Australia’s largest rice mill there. It is a really pretty town with lovely gardens. We saw the famous ute on a pole and some lovely old buildings. Then next day we drove on to Hay through what is arguably the flattest country on earth! Nothing much to see except low black-bush or salt-bush plants to the horizon with only a handful of trees. We spotted a couple of emus which broke the boredom and nearer to Hay was a huge cotton Gin where locally grown cotton is brought for processing.

    Nothing much for me to add only that a section of the Mungo to Balranald dirt road was as bad as we have experienced so far and our speed was reduced to 30 to 40 kms/hr.
    As Heather said the trip from Deniliquin to Hay was flat and pretty straight and followed a route called the Long Paddock where Drovers moved their Herds between Wilcannia and Echuca
    The “Gin” (according to Wikipedia) is a Machine that separates the Cotton Fibre from the seeds.
    Read more

  • Day2


    July 5, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    I expected Hay to be a bit bigger than what it was.

    While I was here, I popped into the Dunera museum, which is located in an old train carriage. There's not much to it - really just some photocopied info sheets on the walls, a few interesting photos and an audio narrative on repeat - but it was interesting nonetheless. A good spot to stretch your legs and feed your brain (it's a $4 entry fee - they use an honesty system). Anyway, the museum is all about the internment and POW camps that were located in Hay during WW2. You can read much of the history online, and they don't have many artefacts in the museum, but still - worth a visit to support them. Perhaps their collection will expand over time.

    The info centre lady suggested that I head over to Shear Outback for lunch. I didn't really have time to do the tour (and at $20 a pop..hmm). I really just needed a quick bite before hitting the road for the long slog to Mildura - instead I got a loooooong wait and a burnt roll and a smidge of salad. On the bright side, the lamb and gravy inside was delicious.
    Read more

  • Day327


    October 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    We left Berri in SA, drove through Victoria and ended up in Hay NSW all in the same day! Stayed 2 nights free camping at Hay Services Club. Great spot and the only one's here. Had a great chinese dinner at the club and chilled out before we drive towards Canberra.

    Temperature 7-21°
    Read more

  • Day6

    Big 4 caravan park Hay

    July 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Left Echuca Discovery Park Caravan Park after breakfast and headed off to Deniliquin. Stopped at Mathoura information Centre walked around to town centre and bought take away coffee. Went back to information centre and met up with two Tassie grey nomads. Travelled onto Deniliquin and took photos of painted water tower. Arrived at Hay Big 4 caravan park and after booking in and setting up van had lunch. Went down main street for coffee and had a look at the information centre.Read more

  • Day7


    July 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    After breakfast went down the main street and had a 2nd cup of coffee . Went to Chris McClelland Art Studios. Very talented pencil artist. we then went out to the Shearers Hall of Fame, called Shear Outback. Good display of shearing handpieces and shearing memorabilia. Watched a shearing demonstration, shearer had the gift of the gab. Had lunch at the venue and then went and visited the Bishops Lodge. It is a remarkable building of National Importance. It was completed in 1889 for the Bishop of the Riverina and his large family. Now owned by th Shire of Hay and is opened to visitors and for functions.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:


Join us:

FindPenguins for iOSFindPenguins for Android

Sign up now